How to Exfoliate Your Body the Right Way
7 STEPS TO EXFOLIATING YOUR BODY
Summer is officially underway, which means more time baring skin in dresses, shorts, and tank tops. But if you have dry, flaky skin, the last thing you want is for your dry patches to be on public display. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way to create velvety-smooth skin. And that way, my friends, is a good ol’ exfoliating routine.
Exfoliating weekly can slough away the dead skin cell buildup that is responsible for not only a dulled appearance but also a rough texture. To achieve softer skin, it’s time to kick those surface cells to the curb. Which is why we crafted a simple, step-by-step guide to exfoliating the skin on your body…the right way.
Step #1: Use A Dry Brush
For those of you that don’t know, dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate your skin before you step into the shower. Using a dry brush daily can help gently scrub off dead skin cells and dry patches on your skin’s surface. Simply grab a dry brush, add a small amount of body oil like the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Dry Oil Body Spray to the brush for some moisture, and gently scrub your dry skin in a circular motion. Make sure to start at your ankles, and work your way up to your shoulders.
Step #2: Soak Your Skin
Let your skin soak in water for a few minutes before grabbing your exfoliant to help reduce irritation. If you have time, try sitting in a bath for about 15 minutes. If you’re on a time crunch, then let your skin soak in the shower for at least 5 minutes before scrubbing.
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Step #3: Exfoliate in the Shower
Your exfoliating product is the “make it or break it” item of your whole exfoliation routine, so make sure to grab one that’s gentle on skin yet powerful enough to slough away unwanted flakes. One of our top exfoliating picks is the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Oatmeal Bar Soap for its gentle exfoliating power that leaves skin softer and more supple. This bar soap is formulated with almond oil and oatmeal, and can mildly cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Just simply massage your body in the shower with this bar soap, making sure to pay special attention to rough areas.
Step #4: Use a Body Cleanser
After exfoliating, wash off any leftover residue with a body cleanser or wash. However, it’s important to find a cleansing body wash that won’t dry out your skin even more, which is where the Ocean Flowers Energizing Body Wash from Carol’s Daughter comes into play. This body wash is blended with Marine Algae and carefully selected ingredients and can help soften your skin for hours while gently removing impurities.
Step #5: Pat Dry
Here’s a golden rule: never rub your skin with a towel when drying it. This can cause irritation, especially after exfoliating. Instead, gently pat dry with a clean, soft towel once you come out of the shower.
Step #6: Moisturize
Now that you’ve finished exfoliating, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizing your skin is one of the best ways to keep your skin soft and supple in-between exfoliation days, so grab an intensely hydrating body lotion or cream once you step out of the shower. The Carol’s Daughter Karité Coco Velvet Body Cream is a great choice for giving your skin some deeply nourishing, post-shower hydration. It’s formulated with shea butter and coconut oil, and can deliver moisturized skin for hours.
Step #7: Repeat Weekly
Exfoliating your skin is not a one-and-done deal. Just like most steps in a skin care routine, exfoliating regularly is key to getting the results you’re looking for and having them last. So, it’s important to keep your exfoliation regimen consistent and regular. That being said, follow a frequency that works for your skin type, whether that be once a week or multiple times per week.
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