Scrubbing until you’re red every day? Wondering why your skin is so dry after exfoliation? STOP! Take a tip or two from us and learn how you should be exfoliating your body – and how to keep skin looking smooth and healthy:
DO IT ON DRY SKIN
The time to most effectively exfoliate is BEFORE you turn the shower on. You can use a body brush, Epsom or Dead Sea Salts (use on their own or mix with coconut, almond or olive oil for a smoother texture) or an exfoliating scrub, just rub over dry skin in circular motions – or long strokes if you’re using a brush.
FEET TO HEAD, NOT HEAD TO FEET
Whatever you use, rub in circular motions (or brush in long strokes) towards the heart, starting with your feet and working up your legs – or your hands up your arms – this will help to give circulation a healthy boost. Then rinse off and cleanse, using lukewarm water.
DON’T FORGET YOUR BACK
It might be out of sight, out of mind – but your back needs as much exfoliation as the rest of you. If you have trouble reaching your back, buy a long-handled body brush for ease.
While your limbs can take some tough treatment, be careful with the skin on your décolletage – don’t use body exfoliators here. Treat this area as you would treat your face.
Replenish with a moisturiser or body oil straight after your shower or bath, while skin’s still damp, to repair and renew your skin. We recommend doing this after every shower or bath anyway, but it’s super important after you exfoliate.
LITTLE AND OFTEN
You don’t need scrub before every bath or shower and it doesn’t have to take up loads of time. Space it out and exfoliate for 5 minutes two or three times a week.
– Beth Squires