So you’re looking for new exfoliation tips to add to your skin routine and produce more beautiful, healthy skin? It’s breaking out, or maybe it’s simply getting duller and less soft during those long winter months and you’re wondering what you can do? Great for you, there are some fantastic and easy ways to improve your skin tone as well as your skin’s smoothness, while also reducing or getting rid of any stubborn blemishes you might be dealing with.
Here are some great tips and tricks that you can try and maybe even make a part of your daily beauty ritual. They can be used in the shower or at the sink in the mornings, evenings, or on your way out the door. Believe me, you’ll notice the difference and your skin with thank you!
The first point on this list of exfoliation tips is to buy an exfoliation pad. There are variations to this somewhat general product, such as a light brush, but all can work well and just become a decision of what your preferences are.
The one I have is a simple silicone rubber pad easily held and scrubbed with, which has comb-like plastic nubs extending. Most types of soap or body wash can be used with this. Always be mindful, however, of your own individual skin sensitivities when choosing bath products in general.
An exfoliating pad or scrubbie is helpful in general for it can save you from quickly using up your body products and thus your dollars on your skin routine, which is our second point on this list of exfoliation tips. I have found it to be more hygienic than using your hands and fingers directly when washing and scrubbing your face so you aren’t putting on your face any and everything you have touched recently.
Using something else directly on your face that your fingers can also be a less greasy, and thus more effective method of ridding and keeping away blemishes. Furthermore, a pad, scrubbie, or brush can better exfoliate and clean skin and blemishes than fingers can, as it goes deeper than a lesser surface clean of the skin. It is helpful to note that any exfoliation techniques and products should not be overly combined which may produce rashy or raw skin.
Another one of the best exfoliation tips is to use a special exfoliating product. This includes things such as an exfoliating soap which includes little beads or granules in the formula. These are designed to get deeper under the surface than a bar of soft soap or body wash without granules or beads. These are typically titled a scrub, or simply an exfoliant or exfoliating soap.
They are best applied and used with freshly washed, clean hands, an exfoliating pad or variation (lightly), washcloth, or a loofah works well. A loofah is a really easy method to add and make a part of your bath or shower routine.
Your Own Routine
A key to easily and effectively adding a form of exfoliation to your daily or weekly routine is to determine whether or not you most often or would prefer to exfoliate and cleanse your skin during showers/baths or on mornings and nights at the bathroom sink, for example. These methods and means can be used easily and simply in the shower, as is my experience, and matches my own routine best, but can be adapted well to your own routine.
This is the best way to add desired aspects to your beauty and skin routine(s) while remaining time effective toward yourself and your days. Furthermore, when your chosen method becomes a familiar part of your routine, you can more easily slip it in regularly when you are getting ready for your day and/or heading out the door, wherever it fits in best for you.
Charcoal is another increasingly popular product and means of exfoliation. New variations and uses for this product are coming out all the time, so there are many choices for its use. It can be used in a soap form, bar, or as part of liquid soap, but can also be used as a detoxifier and cleanser in your hair and/or even your teeth.
Charcoal is naturally grainy/rough in texture, so it works great as a more natural exfoliant than other more manufactured products. I like to use more natural products myself, with plant, vegetable, and/or mineral ingredients. This has the added benefit of bringing some wonderful vitamins into the skin and body, feeding and promoting the organ that is your skin. These types are also ideal for skin that is more sensitive to chemicals.
There are a few other great natural exfoliants options you can try and also such as ground sugar, coffee, almond, or other nut grounds, oatmeal, sea salt, brown sugar, or even cinnamon. These are basically rough, (but not too rough), textured foods that you can lightly scrub with when exfoliating or even make into your own homemade mixture(s) using other products. These products and combinations can not only be found often around the house, saving your wallet, but are other natural alternatives instead of chemicals.
I have tried sugar myself and liked it, found it effective and gentle while being delightful to smell and not too messy. I also jumped at the recycling potential of used coffee grounds to exfoliate after just brewing my morning coffee, which turned into a great morning routine. Coffee grounds also had the added benefit of waking up and energizing my body and senses past just drinking it alone.
A good combination I have tried was freshly ground oatmeal, (cheap enough and found in bulk), mixed with raw honey and applied to the face. The honey acted as an added soother to the skin which I personally liked on my more sensitive skin. You can also try green tea, tea tree oil, and/or coconut oil with any of these exfoliating foods to make your own desired mixture. Coconut and tea tree oils are great in general as natural soothers and hydrators.
Hydration as a follow up to exfoliation is highly suggested to bring needed moisture back in. There are many options for this as well including a body polish or lotion, oils, and/or moisturizer. This can help nourish and soothe the new skin you have just surfaced by exfoliating away the old, dry surface layer. It is important to adapt or determine your skin routine based upon what your own skin needs most.
If you have drier skin, light exfoliation can be nice to remove the old, dead layer but should be followed by an ultimate layer of moisturization to help the regular dryness overall. If your skin tends toward oily, make sure you’re checking that your choice doesn’t clog pores, is not overly oily itself, and doesn’t have any unknown, toxic, or harmful ingredients.