Do you struggle with dry, flaky skin despite moisturizing daily? While persistent dry skin can be extremely frustrating, the solution may be simpler than you think. Lotion is very important for healing dry, dull skin, but it won’t do anything unless your skin is prepped to soak up its moisture—this is where exfoliation comes into play.
What is Exfoliating?
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the outer layer, or epidermis, of the skin. It can help alleviate dry skin, increase circulation, and make your skin look overall healthier. By removing these dead skin cells, new, healthier cells can form and more easily soak up moisture from lotion and humidity.
Typically, exfoliating can be done by either using a brush or glove to physically remove dead skin, or by using a chemical acid that will cause your skin to naturally shed dead particles. In this blog, we’ll only be discussing the benefits and methods for physical exfoliating.
When exfoliating, it’s important to be gentle on your skin. Avoid exfoliating if you have a sunburn, cuts, or wounds that could be reopened. It’s also important to avoid using water that’s too hot or cold after exfoliating because this can be harmful to your skin.
How to Exfoliate
Now that you know what not to do, we can explain what you should do when exfoliating to get that moisturized, baby-smooth skin.
Consider the skincare products you currently use
Before getting started, think about what products you use on your skin currently. If you’re using an acne medication or prescription, your skin may be more sensitive. Exfoliating too heavily while using these products may be counteractive.
Choose an exfoliation tool that works for you
With the sensitivity levels of your skin and the products you use in mind, you can make an educated decision on which tool you’d like to use for exfoliation. For more sensitive skin, we suggest using a more gentle washcloth or a textured glove. For less sensitive skin, you can use an exfoliating brush or sponge to remove dead skin. If you’re not yet sure of your skin type, we suggest starting with a simple washcloth.
Gently scrub your skin
Once you’ve chosen your tool, you can start gently scrubbing your skin in circular motions. Work on each area of your body for no more than 30 seconds to avoid over-scrubbing.
After scrubbing each area, rinse off quickly with lukewarm, not hot, water. Hot water may be too harsh on the newly exposed skin cells.
Follow-up with moisturizer
After you’re done scrubbing, quickly follow up while your skin is still damp with a natural moisturizer. This way, your skin will more easily hold in moisture so you can avoid dry winter skin. When choosing your moisturizer, it’s best to use lotion with only natural, unscented ingredients that won’t dry out the skin further. A lotion with aloe vera is a great option because of its healing properties. Aloe Infusion’s Face & Body Cream is a great choice for all skin types to keep your skin hydrated and healthy! Aloe Vera alone is one of mother nature's best moisturizers. Combine it with a unique blend of natural ingredients and your skin will thank you. Click here to try it out!