why should you do it?
as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. this means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. when old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. this opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. in essence, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking and feeling fresh and healthy all year round.
when should you do it?
as a general rule, the face and body should be exfoliated at least once or twice a week for healthy, supple, radiant skin. and remember, never exfoliate your skin if you are sunburned or have any open cuts or wounds.
how should you do it?
• use a pumice stone on your feet to eliminate rough spots and calluses. if your feet are extremely rough, soak them in a basin of warm water mixed with a cup of milk for 30 minutes before getting into the shower.
• for best results, before stepping into the shower, brush your dry skin with your loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves. begin with the soles of your feet, working your way up your body. this will help remove the loose skin and prepare your skin for the exfoliating process.
• get into the shower and wet your body from head to toe using lukewarm water. i know, i know – hot water feels great, but over time, it compromises your skin’s elasticity and allows more of your natural and necessary oils to soften and strip away – and no one wants that!
• using a clean, dry spoon, measure out small amounts of your body scrub, as needed, into the palm of your hand.
• begin gently scrubbing your body in a circular motion, starting with the bottoms of your feet and working your way up.
• when you reach the bikini area, be particularly gentle - this skin is very sensitive.
• enlist a body brush (or a friend) to exfoliate your back and any other hard-to-reach places.
• don't forget about your hands - you want them to feel soft and smooth too, right?
• now for the face. scrubs are formulated differently for this far more delicate and sensitive skin – so please don’t just ‘keep-on-keepin’-on’ with the body scrub here!
• using a clean, dry spoon, measure out small amounts of your face scrub, as needed, into the palm of your hand. just as you did with your body, begin to gently scrub your face in small, circular motions. continue until you’ve covered every inch of your face and décolletage area, being extra careful on the skin immediately around your eyes.
• rinse your face and body lightly with lukewarm water to remove any excess exfoliant. remember, you do not want your skin to ‘squeak’ – you want to leave those beautiful moisturizing oils right where they are!
• after stepping out of the shower, gently pat dry and immediately apply your facial treatment to your face/décolletage area and whipped body butter everywhere else. for that extra-tough skin on your hands, feet, knees and elbows, use your heavy duty balm bar to lock in the moisture and keep these areas feeling healthy, soft and smooth. exfoliation can be drying to the skin, so this extra step of moisturizing is key to keeping your skin hydrated!