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How to exfoliate at home naturally

How to exfoliate at home naturally

In the pursuit of glowing, healthy skin, the importance of natural exfoliation cannot be overstated. Unlike harsh chemical exfoliants that can sometimes do more harm than good, natural exfoliating methods offer a gentle yet effective way to rejuvenate the skin on your face and body. Natural exfoliants not only reveal a smoother, brighter skin but also promote better skin health in the long run.

In this blog we will cover:

  • What is exfoliating?
  • Why is skin exfoliation important?
  • When should you exfoliate?
  • How often should you exfoliate your skin?
  • What is the healthiest way to exfoliate your skin?
  • How to exfoliate at home naturally?
  • Should I moisturise after exfoliating?
  • How to exfoliate: dos and don’ts

What is exfoliating?

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, unveiling a fresher, smoother, healthier skin underneath. Exfoliating has ancient roots, dating back centuries to various cultures around the world. Historically, people used natural ingredients like crushed seeds, grains, or abrasive substances such as sand or pumice to slough away dead skin cells.

Why is skin exfoliation important?

By removing dead skin cells from the surface, exfoliation helps to unclog pores, prevent breakouts, and improve the absorption of skincare products. It also promotes cell turnover, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone over time. Additionally, exfoliation can stimulate blood circulation, resulting in a more rejuvenated and revitalised complexion. Incorporating exfoliation into your skincare routine is a simple yet effective way to achieve clearer, brighter, and healthier skin.

When should you exfoliate?

Exfoliating is best incorporated into a morning or evening routine. It should be done after cleansing but before applying oils, moisturisers or other skincare products.

How often should you exfoliate your skin?

Exfoliating is wonderful for your skin, but finding the right frequency is key. Typically, experts recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week for most skin types. However, it's important to listen to your skin and adjust accordingly. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate less frequently, while oily or acne-prone skin might benefit from more frequent exfoliation. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a balance that leaves your skin smooth and glowing without causing irritation or over-exfoliation.

What is the healthiest way to exfoliate your skin?

The healthiest way to exfoliate your skin involves gentle methods that effectively remove dead skin cells without causing irritation or damage. Opting for a physical exfoliate, such as an exfoliating pad or a natural exfoliating organic soap with oatmeal, coffee or poppy seeds added, is a great choice as it provides gentle manual exfoliation. These scrubs help to slough away dead skin cells while also promoting circulation, leaving your skin soft and smooth.

Unlike harsh chemical exfoliators, which can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier, gentle scrub soaps offer a safer and more natural approach to exfoliation. However, it's essential to use them with care, applying gentle pressure and avoiding over-exfoliation, especially if you have sensitive skin.


How to exfoliate at home naturally?

Using a Scrubbie pad:

1. Wash with a natural cleanser.

2. Dampen your Scrubbie; your skin should be damp but not overly soaked.

3. Utilise upward and downward strokes to exfoliate your skin.

4. Rinse your skin (and the Scrubbie pad) thoroughly and gently pat dry with a clean towel to reveal a radiant glow.


Exfoliating Pad


Using an Exfoliating Soap:

1. Wash hands first.

2. Splash skin with warm water.

3. Apply bar directly all over face with gentle circular movements.

4. Rinse soap bar and leave to drain.

5. Massage gently onto skin and leave for at least 2 mins.

6. Rinse with warm clean running water.

7. Close pores with a few splashes of cool water.

8. Gently pat dry with a clean towel.

Should I moisturise after exfoliating?

Absolutely! Moisturising after exfoliating is essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier and maximising the benefits of exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin's surface smoother and more receptive to hydration. Moisturiser helps to replenish lost moisture, soothe any potential irritation, and lock in hydration, keeping the skin soft, supple, and nourished. Choosing a moisturiser with hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera, Shea butter and Rosehip Oil can further enhance the skin's moisture levels, leaving you with a beautifully hydrated and glowing complexion. So, don't forget to moisturise after exfoliating to keep your skin looking and feeling its best!


How to exfoliate: dos and don’ts

Do: Choose a natural exfoliate. Harsh chemicals can damage your skin and cause irritation.

Don't: Rub too hard. It can cause irritation, leaving your skin red and sore.

Do: Let your skin determine how often you exfoliate. For those with sensitive skin, reducing the frequency of exfoliation may be advisable, whereas individuals with oily or acne-prone skin could find more frequent exfoliation beneficial.

Don't: Exfoliate if your skin is irritated or sun burnt. Let your skin heal before scrubbing it to avoid damaging it further.

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