We all know the benefits of facial exfoliation, but are we applying the same methodology to the rest of our body? Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems. It can also increase blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin. For an all-natural upkeep of healthy skin and beautiful glow, exfoliation is recommended a few times a month.
The build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes, ingrown hairs and yes, body acne. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. Exfoliation is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine and this includes your body.
So, let us talk a few methods of exfoliation –
Dry brushing before bathing or showering is one of the easiest and most effective ways to exfoliate the body.
Dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage that involves a dry brush and moving it over your body in strokes, usually in the direction of your heart, two to three times a week. The firm bristles of the brush gives your skin a thorough exfoliation, while the pressure helps to stimulate your circulation.
Use firm strokes 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 firm strokes. Over the stomach, go left to right—that is the natural flow of your digestion.
Ever dry brushed before or have sensitive skin? Rather start with exfoliation gloves that will be softer on the skin. Your skin will be slightly red, but should never feel irritated or painful when done
You can purchase your dry brushes from any retail pharmacy store i.e. Dischem or Clicks, which retails from R42.00 upwards.
Always remember to rinse off after your dry brushing, followed by applying a body oil or rich moisturiser, leaving your skin positively radiant!
A good body scrub, doubles as a moisturiser and assists with the relief of dry skin. So, by adding a body scrub it really kicks your skincare route up a nudge. Especially during winter months when you skin needs some extra TLC.
A good body scrub should be made up of natural products, like brown sugar or coffee grounds, mixed with massage oil and essential oils. Not knowing what is in your products could cause harm to your skin, so knowledge is key.
It is no secret that Mies Body Products is my absolute go-to when it comes to body scrubs. Made exclusively by hand and filled with only the best all-natural ingredients. Not just good for your skin, but good for the soul as their body products fills the room with beautiful tones of natural essential oils. The Mies Sugar Body Scrub is still their signature beauty, but I have completely fallen in love with their Coffee Scrubs.
Caffeine found in coffee scrubs improves blood circulation, reduces the appearance of cellulite and improves skin texture. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs the antioxidant properties to prevent premature aging.
Coffee scrubs are generally most effective if used 2-3 times week to exfoliate dead skin and increase blood flow for healthier looking skin.
There is no real right or wrong way when it comes to applying your scrub, only personal preference. I personally like to apply my body scrub to my dry skin as it really tackles the dead skin cells, but you can also wet your skin first under a lukewarm shower before starting your scrub.
Now, do not forget to give those hands some well-needed attention. We are all currently using hand sanitiser by the bottles and washing our hands a little more than usual.
Remember, after exfoliating on a regular basis, your skin can absorb moisture more effectively… leaving your skin feeling more vibrant and youthful.