How often should I exfoliate my body?

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It mainly protects the body from environmental and chemical factors. Imagine walking around without your skin, not only will it be incredibly painful, but make you susceptible to pollution, bacteria and viruses. So, don’t take your skin for granted. All your skin has done is to protect you. Keeping it healthy and beautiful is the best you can do to give back to it.


When you start to see breakouts and discoloration in your skin may mean you have to change your diet or stray from environmental factors that may be causing it. Build up of dirt and oil in the pores can also cause breakouts and discoloration. The best way to remove build up is to exfoliate the whole body.


Did you know that every part of your skin, hair and cells in your body changes. In seven years all your cells are completely replaced and you are basically a whole different person. If our skin cells completely shed off every seven years, how often should we exfoliate our body?


The answer? Two to three times a week, that’s what the experts say. If you have overly sensitive skin do it once a week, but if you have dry and flaky skin do it 4 or more times a week. Avoid scrubbing too hard though, this can cause irritation and damage to the pores. When applying exfoliating creams on the body, massage it gently in a circular motion to successfully remove dirt and oil on the skin.


Exfoliating the whole body will prevent breakouts, pigmentation and ingrown hairs from the skin. Exfoliating parts of the skin where you wax or shave will prevent ingrown hair and “chicken” skin.  It can also help even out skin tones and lessen uneven tans.


You can use a regular body wash and a loofah to exfoliate or use an exfoliating scrub. You can also use homemade exfoliating scrubs. Sugar, oil and honey are a great scrub to use for a smooth supple skin. Another natural scrub is sea salt, just rub it on damp skin. Do not exfoliate every day, overdoing this will cause irritation and redness in the skin.

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