Best Ways to Exfoliate

While a basic soap or cleanser is fine for daily use, sometimes you need to exfoliate your skin to lift away dead skin cells and give way to the new, brighter ones underneath. Your skin will look more radiant, and it'll feel softer. It's also an important step to complete before applying self-tanner.

Face: You should exfoliate your face once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin and up to four times a week if you have oily, combination or normal skin. Use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub. Wet your face, and then, using your fingers, rub the cleanser in circular motions using a force that's comfortable on your skin. Take care to avoid the sensitive undereye area. Rinse with lukewarm water, as it's gentler on the skin. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Alternatively, you could use a face mask or make a natural exfoliating cleanser at home. The enzymes in papaya act as a natural exfoliator, for example. And a mixture of oatmeal and water or olive oil and sea salt also makes a good scrub.

Body: You should exfoliate your body in the shower three times a week. Use a loofah sponge or gloves with an exfoliating body cleanser to scrub your skin in a circular motion. Take care to be gentle on sensitive skin areas like your stomach, and scrub harder on rough areas like elbows, knees and heels. After exfoliating, apply a moisturizing lotion.

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