Exfoliation is a constant in skin care, and it isn’t just for your face. Properly exfoliating benefits all of your skin, but the rules are occasionally a little bit different when dealing with body exfoliation compared to facial exfoliation. This is because the skin of the face is generally substantially more sensitive than the rest of your skin and is less able to deal with some options than others. As a result, OROGOLD is taking a break from discussing proper facial exfoliation to discuss exfoliating the rest of your skin properly. This way you can feel confident about all of your skin and ready to face the world whenever and wherever you are.
Exfoliate During or Right After you Bathe
Much like your face, the rest of your skin will benefit more from exfoliation if it is already clean and has had time to take in a bit of extra moisture. Favor warm water to open your pores and make it easier for the exfoliating product to do its job. Whether you’re using a chemical or physical exfoliation product, open pores allow your skin to release more of the accumulated grime and dead skin cells than closed pores will. Combining the two types of product is also possible, but be careful to match them up appropriately. Not every brush or glove will work well with every chemical exfoliating product. Take your time in either case and rub gently across your skin. Being too rough while exfoliating will hurt your skin.
Chemical Exfoliates and Scrubs
You have a lot of options open to you in this area. Most everyone has tried a scrub before and can readily attest to how wonderful it leaves their skin feeling. Chemical exfoliates are akin to cleansers and acne treatments you may already use on your face. There are body options as well designed to help with body acne and general exfoliation. When considering either of these, make note that you should really only use one as using multiple exfoliates at once is likely to irritate your skin. Try one product for a while and then swap to another to see what works best for you. A word of warning from OROGOLD though, chemical exfoliates can be particularly harsh on sensitive areas of the body and this makes it a better habit to avoid such areas as the product can run.
Loofahs, bath brushes, gloves, and all their relatives fall under this category. Odds are that you’ve tried a few of them as well. One thing to be aware of is that loofahs and bath brushes should have extra attention paid to their storage after use. If you leave them sitting out in your shower and the damp, then they are likely to attract grime and mold. So get them as dry as you can after use and store them in a dry place to keep them for a length of time. Gloves are much more forgiving, but don’t forget to wash them after use too. Gloves actually pair well with a gentle scrub if you’ve got a light touch, but don’t forget the general rule about exfoliating multiple times. Some areas of your body will have thinner or more sensitive skin than others. Pay attention to what your skin is telling you when you combine exfoliates.
Just like exfoliating your face, exfoliating your body is actually a relatively simple task. You just need to know what you’re doing and you can do it without a second thought. OROGOLD suggests exfoliating your body at least once a week. You can exfoliate more than once a week, but make sure to keep an eye out for any signs that your skin finds that too rough. You’ll do permanent damage to your skin if you don’t listen to it. Proper exfoliation will help your body just like it helps your face though and leave you looking and feeling healthy and clean.