Most of us who try to take good care of our skin remember to exfoliate our faces, but what about our bodies?
Exfoliating helps to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, younger cells underneath. But it’s not only the face that benefits.
Turns out that your body may actually need exfoliating even more than your face.
Not only is there more skin in general, but it sheds dead cells at a faster rate. Did you know that the dust in your home is 75-80% dead skin cells? In fact, most of us lose about 8-9 pounds of skin through dead skin cells every year.
Without regular exfoliation, those cells can remain on the surface of skin for too long, clogging pores, blocking moisture from getting into the deeper layers, and creating a hard, unattractive exterior. So to have the healthiest and smoothest skin possible, exfoliation is key.
Start with a soft, dry brush before bathing or showering, so you can rinse off the sloughed skin after you’re done.
Use circular motions working from your toes up, and move your strokes toward the heart. This helps encourage healthy blood flow and circulation. 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.