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Exfoliation is a technique you can use to remove dead skin cells from the body. When neglected, these cells will build up on your face and body, causing dry, grey skin as well as blemishes like acne. Exfoliation rejuvenates your skin, making your body and face appear soft, shiny and healthier at the same time getting rid of blemish and flaw.

This simple process can be done conveniently at home, and will surely result in more glowing, softer skin than before! Generally speaking, when it comes to exfoliating, there are two broad categories to explore: mechanical and chemical exfoliation. Although the explicit course of exfoliation will depend on the materials and area of focus, you’ll see there are many similarities common to each of the techniques. Religiously following a proper routine of exfoliation will leave your skin looking, and feeling softer and radiant than ever before.

Exfoliating Mechanically

1) Have a bath or shower

Although it is not a part of the exfoliating process , however immersing your body in hot water will open up your pores, making your skin much more inclined to cleaning. Use a skin-friendly, detergent for bath and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes to soften the skin surface. It is good when the skin surface looks a bit “crippled”. Remove “dead skin” by rubbing it away with your hands. It will work well, specially at your feet, toes and heels.

2) Get a textured sponge to wash your skin

Using a textured sponge, which feel slightly rough on your skin will help rid of excess skin flakes, thus leaving your skin softer and cleaner than before. Keep the sponge ready for use as soon as you have finished up your shower. One can always use an exfoliating washcloth as an alternative to a textured sponge.

  • Exfoliating can even be performed with a rough washcloth.
  • A natural bristle brush makes for a good alternative, especially while scrubbing the backs of arms or legs.

3) Scrub your body gently with your sponge starting from the ankles upward

pressure to feel the sponge’s rough texture on your skin; that way, it will aid to get rid of the surface-layer dead skin. Starting at the ankles is suggested as it helps to boost positive blood circulation amid the exfoliation process.

  • If you’re exfoliating your entire body, do ensure that you do not overlook your heels, elbows, and knees. These are commonly considered to be the driest parts of one’s skin, and thus, should be given due attention accordingly.

4) Rinse with hot water

Rinsing your skin with hot water is a relaxing and effective way to finish your exfoliation. Despite the fact that this process should be repeated at least three times a week, you would notice an immediate softness with your skin.

  • Applying a moisturizer or shea butter following your rinse, will help your skin better retain moisture.

Exfoliating Chemically

1) Look for chemical exfoliators at a store

Chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells with the use of chemicals. Peels are chemical exfoliants, and are not just good for smoothing but also for brightening.

  • Many exfoliators are comparatively cheap and easily accessible at your nearest supermarket.

2) Have a bath or shower

Just like mechanical exfoliation, having a hot bath or shower will open up your pores, making your skin easier to clean and exfoliate. Make the exfoliating process an existing part of your daily routine. No doubt, you have softer skin immediately after an exfoliating cleanse, but repetition will yield longer lasting results.

3) Clean your skin with a store bought exfoliator

Pour some exfoliator onto your hands, and start to rub it onto your skin in a gentle, circular motion, to sweep away any filth and dead skin cells. Take peculiar care while exfoliating your face; not just because it is the part of you people are going to notice the most, but also because as it carries more oil than other parts of your skin. Two to Three minutes on the face alone should be sufficient; the rest of the body needs a less intensive, however attentive do-over with your exfoliator.

When exfoliating your face, take due care to focus on the central area of your face, from the forehead to the nose to the chin, referred to as the ‘T-Zone’, and is well-known for its oiliness.

4) Rinse your body once you are done with your exfoliating cleanse

Take some water in your hands and make sure that the exfoliant is entirely washed away so that it doesn’t irritate your skin later on. Despite the fact that the chemical exfoliating process requires less of a ‘physical’ element than its mechanical counterpart, it also leaves your skin just as soft and smooth following a proper process as you would if you’d used the loofah the whole way through.

5) Apply moisturizer

By applying moisturizer following exfoliating, limits the dryness or irritation and improve hydration.