Regular skin exfoliation is the best way to remove dead skin cells and bring young, fresh skin cells to the surface. Removing dead skin cells should be a regular part of your skincare routine, especially as you age. Not sure how to exfoliate? Let’s take a closer look.
1. Exfoliating your scalp
Dead skin cells on your scalp are better known as dandruff. Dandruff can be an embarrassing side effect of dry skin, but regular scalp exfoliation can easily treat the condition. Exfoliate your scalp using Epsom salts. Gently massage two tablespoons of Epsom salts into a dry or slightly damp scalp for 2-3 minutes. Shampoo your hair right after you massage. If you have dandruff, you can apply this method 2-3 times per week. If not, exfoliate every other week for maintenance.
2. Facial exfoliation
Exfoliate your face at least once per week. First, wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser. Then, using a facial exfoliator, gently wash your face again. Rinse and pat dry with a wash cloth and moisturize your skin.
4. Exfoliate your body
Use a loofah or exfoliating glove, along with a body scrub or cleansing scrub to exfoliate your entire body. While showering in warm water, rub loofah or exfoliating glove with a body scrub in a circular motion. Work from the center of the body out toward the extremities. Most health experts agree that exfoliating your body two or three times per week is plenty. Those with sensitive skin may prefer to do it less. The purpose of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells. Do it too often or scrub too hard, and you will remove healthy skin cells too, which leave your skin red and irritated.
5. Consider dry brushing for daily maintenance
Your skin also plays an important role in body detoxification through the elimination of dead skin cells. Your lymphatic system, which is stimulated while dry brushing, is responsible for the elimination of cellular waste products. Here’s how to dry brush your skin.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.