Season 2, Episode 1: How to exfoliate for super soft skin

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead, dry skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Regular exfoliation is key to maintaining healthy glowing skin and it helps create a great base for other products to absorb at a deeper level.

When done properly, it can really help to improve your skin’s appearance and texture but technique matters and getting it wrong could cause way more harm than good!

Luckily for you, we’re not in the habit of hoarding beauty secrets and we have 5 industry-approved tips that will help take your exfoliation to the next level (and not damage your skin in the process!).

Our top 5 tips

1. Don’t use a body scrub on dry skin.
Exfoliating on warm wet skin is ideal as it allows the dead skin to come off easier- especially on those tougher areas like your elbows, knees and heels.

2. Use gentle circular motions to apply the exfoliant across your skin and rinse off with warm water.
Doing this for about 30 seconds for each area of your body will ensure optimum absorption and minimise the risk of micro tears.

3. Use an exfoliant that has a moisturising base, such as mango butter, coconut oil or almond oil.
Exfoliating can leave the skin drier than before as along with the top layer of skin cells it can also remove sebum from the skin. A moisturising base will ensure that you are exfoliating your skin without stripping it of moisture.

4. Avoid exfoliating if your skin has cuts, open wounds or is sunburnt.
I don’t think we need to spell out why this is a big no-no.

5. Aim to exfoliate no more than 2-3 times a week (once a week if you have sensitive skin).

Too much of a good thing can happen. Over- exfoliating can aggravate the skin and cause it to become dehydrated and dry. If you feel that you’ve over-exfoliated, it’s even more important than usual to apply sunscreen religiously. When your skin’s barrier is depleted, it’s become more sensitive to sun damage which can cause further irritation.

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