Smooth, shiny, clear, healthy skin. Every woman’s dream. Only it’s winter, and yours is dull and dry. Or maybe you suffer from eczema or severely dry skin. It’s awful, isn’t it? You’ve probably tried every lotion and oil in the market. But sometimes they don’t work. Here’s why you need to remove the dead, dry skin cells that are sitting on top of your skin first!
Ask any model or actor, and they’ll tell you the secret to glowing, healthy skin is exfoliating regularly. Here’s the best way to exfoliate if you’re new to it and aren’t sure how to get started, or if you need a refresher and quick tips.
Picking the Right Scrub
There are many different ways to exfoliate your skin. You can go manual and use some scrubbing brush, or you can go natural and use a scrub made from natural ingredients like coffee or sugar.
The safest option for newbies or those with sensitive skin is an all-natural scrub made from coffee or sugar. But things can get messy fast. It’s best to use a prepackaged sugar cube scrub. This way, you aren’t grabbing too much of the scrub only for it to get trapped down your drain later. Sugar cubes give you just the right amount of scrub for your body, and you can always grab another cube if you want extra exfoliation.
Now that you’ve found the right scrub for you, it’s time to get down and dirty and start scrubbing.
Step 1: Cleanse!
You’re about to get a little rough with your skin, so you want to start with something that cleanses the surface, but doesn’t leave it dry and stripped of moisture. Try using castile soap or even a natural bar soap with rich, fatty essential oils. Once your skin is clean but damp, it’s time to get to work.
Step 2: Scrub!
This is the fun part. Stand in your shower and gently work the scrub all around your body. You can spend more time on problem areas like the soles of feet or the back of the elbows. Be careful not to scrub too hard, though. You want to remove the dead skin so you can reveal the glowing, healthy skin underneath. If you have fairer skin, you will be a little red or pink after the scrub, but this is normal. If your skin does not return to its normal color after about a day, you may want to check to see if you are allergic to anything in the scrub. Using a natural sugar cube scrub helps in this regard because you’ll be able to identify the ingredients quickly and determine which one might have irritated your skin.
After all your scrubbing, rinse away! You’ll notice instantly that your skin is soft to the touch and smooth. No more flaky, dry skin!
Step 3: Moisturize!
This final step is crucial. It’s the reason why you’ve exfoliated in the first place. Now that all of the dead, dry skin cells are gone, you have to moisturize your skin so it will stay healthy and hydrated. It’s also best to use both a cream moisturizer and then oil on top. The oil seals the cream in place and leaves your skin glowing and healthy.
With this 3-step process, your skin will look and feel healthy for about a week. After that, it’s time to do it all over again! Exfoliate weekly for amazing results that keep your skin ready for anything.