How to exfoliate your body the right way?
When discussing skin care, all the attention is often on the face and sometimes the neck, leaving all thoughts of the skin on the rest of our bodies behind. But taking care of the skin on the rest of our body is very beneficial, especially exfoliating it. Here’s why :
What are the benefits of full body exfoliation?
Did you know that exfoliating your skin not only makes skin softer and more radiant but it also helps promote blood circulation and eliminate dead skin cells?
Indeed, exfoliation is the act of physically or chemically removing dead and dulling skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving in its place new and healthier skin. This process occurs naturally every 30 days but often the dead skin cells do not shed leading to clogged pores, and dull harsh skin.
By energizing the skin through scrubbing or massaging, body exfoliation helps stimulate blood flow and send the message to skin cells to renew themselves more quickly.
Performed regularly, exfoliation of the body helps minimize cellulite and improve the "orange peel" appearance of skin by "breaking up" small fatty deposits. It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and prevent them by boosting the production of elastin, and therefore the firmness of skin tissues.
Exfoliation can also improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products like your moisturizer.
Last but not least, having a consistent body care routine can also help bring relaxation, and balance to your mind.
How to properly exfoliate?
Generally, it is advised to exfoliate your body once per week. When using a body scrub, do so on damp skin, making small, circular motions, massaging from bottom to top, then rinse with cold or lukewarm water. If using a brush or African sponge, make short, light strokes. Exfoliate for about 30 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm.
Finally, be sure to use your body scrub one day before waxing/shaving to avoid ingrown hairs. Then finish off by applying your favorite body oil or moisturizing cream.
Reminder : Avoid exfoliating if your skin has cuts, open wounds, or is sunburned
Which exfoliant to choose?
Need help in choosing your exfoliant? fear not, check out our favorite African beauty exfoliators
- The colorful one : The Hibiscus & Tea Tree Sugar Scrub
Made in Ghana, this is a natural body scrub with cane sugar and hibiscus powder that removes dry and dead skin, leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated. It is preservative-free and rich in coconut oil, wild honey and shea butter, to keep the skin hydrated, nourished and protected. The perfect leg scrub to avoid ingrown hairs.
- The traditional one : Olive Oil and Eucalyptus Black Soap
Inspired by an ancient African beauty secret The Olive Oil and Eucalyptus Black Soap is 100% natural with a basic pH. Made in Morocco, it cleans the pores of the skin naturally and softens the skin. Best paired with an exfoliating Kessa glove.