Exfoliation is a key part of healthy skincare routine. It’s the process of physically scrubbing the skin surface to remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin silky soft, smooth and supple. Exfoliating give you a healthy glow and help increase circulation to the surface of the skin. Dry Skin is usually caused by buildup of dead cells on the surface of the skin that simply won't fall off.  If you want healthy, glowing and soft skin, exfoliating is a must, but over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged. ?Why Exfoliate: Cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen without exfoliating your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be. As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. The body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. Old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, leaving it looking dull, rough, and dry Tip: Use natural exfoliant as jojoba beads or other exfoliaants can leave particles in your skin that get absorbed into your system ?When: Perform in the mornings prior to using toner, moisturizer, SPF and make-up application or at night as the skin repairs itself while we sleep. I personally like to exfoliate at night, so my skin can breathe, repair itself and soak up on the natural ingredients from my scrub at night while l sleep. Benefits:

1. Improve Skin Texture

One great benefit of exfoliating is improving your skin texture. One good way to buff away dry, bumpy, rough and flaky skin is by exfoliating. This will help revive and rejuvenate your skin leaving it silky smooth and soft. Tip: Exfoliate 1-2 times a week for smooth skin so your skincare products can sink in better into your skin.

2. Buff away Aging signs

Exfoliating your skin regularly will help fight the signs of aging, because as we get older, the skin’s healthy cell regeneration slows down and it’s slower to shed dead skin cells. Over time, these dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin making fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin more visible. Exfoliating regularly will help shed these dead skin, to reveal a more youthful glow

3. Help unclog your pore

We break out when the pores are clogged up with dead skin cells, bacteria, oil and other environmental elements. When you exfoliate, you are unclogging your pores by keep it clean and healthy. This help prevent dirt, oil and dead skin cells from getting trapped beneath the skin surface causing break out, blackheads or whiteheads.  Exfoliate, to help prevent breakouts and keep your skin healthy.

4. Even Skin Tone

Everyone want a soft, smooth and glowing skin. Exfoliate to achieve a glowing, healthy and smooth complexion. By exfoliating your skin, it helps remove dirt, leftover makeup and dead skin cells to reveal a youthful glow and promote new healthy skin cell turnover  

5. Promote deeper skin care product penetration

As mentioned above, exfoliate helps your skin absorb skincare products deeper due to unclogged pores. When you exfoliate, it opens up your pores by sloughing off dead skin cells which is very important if you want a healthy glow.     Do you exfoliate regularly?      

2. Apply exfoliator to wet skin

Before applying your exfoliating product, get your skin wet. This will allow all the ingredients to suds up for a while and will help make your face and body super soft. I like to exfoliate my skin in the shower since it’s easier to wash off when I’m done.

3. Apply your exfoliating product in circular motions

Start applying your exfoliator in small circular motions to ensure that you do not miss any spot. This way, it will feel like a mini massage, which incredibly beneficial for your face and body. Begin with your face and work your way down your body, taking care to get every nook and cranny, including the backs of the knees and the insides of the elbows. On larger body parts you can widen your circles and use smaller ones on areas such as the soles of your feet and your face.

4. Pay attention to the areas you exfoliate

When exfoliating, make sure you are very gentle on sensitive areas of the skin, such as the bikini area, neck and face. These areas have thinner skin, so it’s essential to use gentle motions. Apply more pressure on your knees, elbows and feet where the skin is naturally thicker.

5. Use a loofah

In case you have a tough skin, try using a loofah with your exfoliator for the best results. Although a loofah looks similar to a sponge, it has a rough texture that doesn’t soften when it’s wet. You can buy a loofah at most drugstores. Look for them where bubble bath and body soap are sold.

6. Wash off

When you are done, rinse the exfoliator off. Don’t leave it on your skin too long, or you will end up having dry, itchy skin and no lotion will help you to cope with such problem. I recommend you to exfoliate your skin in the shower or bath. Quickly wash it off with lukewarm water and a blast of cold water to close your pores.

7. Apply your lotion

After your exfoliating treatment, apply a great dousing of your lotion to your skin. Apply a facial cream to your neck, face and hands and use a body cream on your arms, torso and legs. Make sure you apply your lotion right after washing the exfoliator off. This way, you will seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated, soft, radiant and healthy. Tip: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin! ?Don’t forget: After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF. Try to exfoliate 1-2 times a week as over exfoliating will irritate and dry out the skin     ?Recommended: Lovinah Naturals Kale, Chia Berry Scrub, Coffee Bean-illa Scrub or the African Kola-Mint Scrub. Have fun exfoliating your body. Take good care of your skin and put your best face forward. Be Sociable, Share!