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Many of us who try to take good care of our skin often remember to exfoliate our faces, but what about the rest of our body?
No doubt, exfoliating helps your skin look smoother and more youthful, but it’s not only the face that can benefit from exfoliating. Lets explore more about what a regular body scrub can do for the health and appearance of your skin.
You probably exfoliate your face regularly because you understand that it helps to get rid of that top layer of dead skin cells and buildup. And with that debris at the top gone you end up with a fresh, glowing appearance. But did you know that you can experience the same benefits on your body, if you exfoliate the rest of your skin? As it happens, your body needs exfoliating just as much as your face. Without regular exfoliation, you could potentially end up with a build up of dead skin cells or clogged pores. This tends to result is a dull lack lustre appearance. So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliating is key.
Enjoy smoother skin
Improve circulation and bloodflow to the upper layers of the skin
Allow your moisturiser to penetrate the skin better and therefore work better
Reduce the risk of occasional breakouts on your body
Help minimise the appearance of dark spots or age spots
Help reduce the appearance of large pores
Help to smooth out knees and elbows
Help prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
Body scrubs are a form of mechanical exfoliation that allow you to do the job quickly and efficiently, while adding a pampering effect to your bath/shower routine. Listed below are some benefits you can enjoy from exfoliating skin on the body about twice a week.
The nice thing with body scrubs is that you can enjoy a wide array of ingredients without having to worry as much about sensitivity, since the body is usually less sensitive than the face. Of course, some people have more sensitive skin than others in general, but you can feel free to experiment with a wider variety of scrubs.
If you tend to break out, do be cautious with ingredients that can potentially irritate and inflame skin, like crushed nuts and salt. Experiment with any new scrub on a small area of skin first to be sure it works well for you.
In addition to using a body scrub, you may also want to give dry brushing a try. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to exfoliate the body. Start with a soft, dry brush before bathing or showering, so you can rinse off after you’re done.
Use circular motions working from your toes up, and move your strokes toward the heart. Once you reach your midsection, start over at the neck, and brush down, again using circular motions. Over the stomach, go left to right—that’s the natural flow of your digestion.
When you’re finished, your skin should be slightly red, but not irritated or painful. Follow up with a natural moisturizer like our Whipped Body Butter and your skin will definitely thank you!
Because you are increasing blood circulation and encouraging new skin cells to come through, here are a few tips to keep your skin in tip top condition after exfoliating.
Drink lots of water. Give those newly exposed skin cells a nice healthy drink from the inside.
Apply a good moisturiser to hydrate the skin from the outside in. In the colder months we recommend our wonderful whipped body butter.
Do Not expose your exfoliated skin to UV rays, sun, sunbed for 24 hours
Have you exfoliated your body? What benefits have you seen?