A guide to exfoliating

Exfoliation is a great way to rejuvenate dehydrated skin or as a preparation for your skin before moisturising.

Exfoliating helps expose the glowing skin that resides under the surface by removing dead skin cells. It’s not just for your face, you can exfoliate your entire body.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Exfoliating cleanser
  • Loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves
  • Pumice stone
  • Body lotion

Here’s what you do:

  1. Brush your dry skin with your loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves. This will help remove the loose skin and prepare your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your feet, working your way up your body.
  2. Get into the shower and wet your body from head to toe. Don’t exfoliate your skin if you are sunburned or have any open cuts or wounds.
  3. Use a pumice stone on your feet to eliminate rough spots and calluses. If your feet are extremely rough, soak them in a basin of warm water mixed with a cup of milk for 30 minutes before getting into the shower.
  4. Apply your exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or gloves. Begin scrubbing your body in a circular motion starting with the bottoms of your feet and working your way up. Be careful not to scrub too hard in sensitive areas.
  5. Use a body brush to exfoliate your back and other hard-to-reach places.
  6. Be gentle on your face, particularly around your eyes and mouth. Use an exfoliating product specially formulated for the face, which is gentler than products designed to be used on the body.
  7. Don’t forget about your hands. You want them to look and feel soft and smooth too.
  8. Rinse your body with lukewarm water, and follow with the coldest water you can stand.
  9. After stepping out of the shower, apply a moisturising body lotion all over. Body lotions and facial moisturisers containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids. These are ideal choices because these acids continue to remove dead skin cells.
  10. Use body moisturiser once a day. Exfoliation drys to the skin, so you must keep your skin hydrated.