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How To Exfoliate: The Benefits Of Exfoliating

How To Exfoliate: The Benefits Of Exfoliating

You’re not alone if, in the past, you’ve avoided exfoliating your skin because you’re afraid that it will cause damage. Certain exfoliators can be too harsh to use on your face, and can leave your skin red and irritated; it goes without saying that it’s important to find the right product for your skin type. Find out how to exfoliate your skin properly with our guide, and discover thbenefits of exfoliating your face and body to achieve beautiful, glowing skin. 

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin, taking it from dull and dry to soft and glowing. As well as improving your skin’s appearance, regular exfoliation can also increase blood flow. 


Exfoliation can be achieved either mechanically or chemically. Mechanical exfoliation requires using a tool, such as a loofah, brush or towel, to scrub away dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, uses a product – like a scrub with salt or sugar granules in it – to displace dead skin cells and soften the skin. 


The importance of exfoliating should not be underestimated; it’s an essential skin treatment for your face and body. 

What Are the Benefits of Exfoliating?

One of the most obvious benefits of exfoliating is that it revitalises dull skin by removing dead skin cells and, in doing so, improves your skin’s texture – but that’s not all. 


By removing dead skin cells, products like moisturiser are able to penetrate more deeply into the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and properly hydrated. 


And if you’re prone to breakouts or suffer from blackheads, exfoliating could be the answer. It helps to cleanse your skin by clearing out impurities and tackling clogged pores, which often lead to blemishes. 


Finally, exfoliating encourages collagen production and skin cell rejuvenation, which can help to fade any scarring you may have. 

Should I Exfoliate Dry Skin?

You may be wondering: Can exfoliating help to soothe dry skin? Well, because it removes the dead layers of skin, moisturiser can be absorbed more easily. So, if your skin is desperate for some hydration, exfoliation is a must. However, if your skin is dry and sensitive, it’s best to opt for a nourishing, gentle exfoliator.

Our salt scrub is a cult favourite for a reason. This decadent and intensive skin softening scrub features a blend of dead sea salts, and is enriched with nourishing oils. It’ll remove dead skin cells and hydrate your skin too, leaving it feeling polished and beautifully moisturised. Our salt scrub is the perfect antidote to dry skin – and an ideal way to get a spa-like skin treatment from the comfort of your own home!

How to Exfoliate

Take a look at our guide to exfoliation below, to get smoother and brighter skin in just a few simple steps. 


Exfoliating Your Body


Step 1: Wet your skin

Step into your bath or shower and let the warm water dampen your skin. 


Step 2: Select the right product

Choose your preferred exfoliating product. This will usually depend on whether you want a gentle or deep exfoliation.

Our famous salt scrub is a great all-rounder for most skin types. Featuring a soothing blend of essential oils, it exfoliates and nourishes the body, leaving it velvety-smooth and soft.


And if you’re looking for a deeply cleansing scrub, our hot sugar scrub will do the trick. This thermal sugar scrub contains purifying Kaolin Clay, removing impurities whilst buffing away dead skin cells too.


But if you prefer a more gentle exfoliator that you can use daily, our white lily and damask rose scrub will smooth your skin, leaving you looking radiant every day. 

Step 3: Apply your product

Massage a generous scoop of your chosen product onto drenched skin. Apply pressure and, in circular motions, scrub the product into your skin. 


You can use your hands, or an exfoliating mitt or loofah. 


When exfoliating your legs and arms, apply the product in sweeping motions towards the heart. This is thought to improve circulation. 


Step 4: Pay attention to dry areas 

The elbows and knees are notorious for being excessively dry in comparison to the rest of the body. Make sure you pay particular attention to these areas and apply more or less pressure, depending on how sensitive your skin is. 


 Step 5: Rinse

Rinse off any residual product with warm water; indulge with an aromatic body wash to cleanse the skin. 

Step 6: Lock in moisture

Finally, dry yourself thoroughly before moisturising your whole body. 


Use a thicker moisturiser or body butter for your knees and elbows, or any other areas that are especially dry. We recommend our ultra-rich body butter; it features an intensely nourishing blend of Wheatgerm Oil, Shea & Cocoa Butter that sinks into skin to leave it feeling soft, replenished and restored. 


For a lighter moisturiser that’s perfect for everyday use, try our classic body lotion. Generously massage this fast-absorbing lotion into your skin to lock in moisture. 

Exfoliating Your Face

Follow our simple steps to exfoliate your face and revitalise your complexion. 

how to exfoliate

For a smoothing facial treatment that will open your pores and brighten your skin, opt for our warming micro-dermabrasion refining polish. This exfoliator promotes smoother skin by stimulating circulation, making it the perfect product if youre looking for an exfoliator with anti-ageing properties. 


If you want to brighten dull skin, our complexion perfecting radiance exfoliator refreshes complexions, and will give you that sought-after glow. Plus, its gentle enough to be used up to 2-3 times a week. 

Step 1: Cleanse and wet your face

Start by cleansing your face to remove any makeup, or surface-layer oils and dirt. Rinse off your cleansing product. 


Step 2: Apply your exfoliator and gently massage it in

Taking a pea-sized amount, massage your exfoliating product into the skin in small circular strokes around your face. Be careful not to get the product too close to your eyes. 


Make sure you do not apply too much pressure; keep your movements light and gentle to avoid irritation. It’s best to avoid the under-eye area when applying exfoliator to your face too, as the skin here is thinner and more sensitive. 


Step 3: Rinse off the product 

Remove the exfoliator using warm water. Make sure it’s not too hot, as your skin may be more sensitive after exfoliation. 


Step 4: Pat dry and moisturise

Finally, gently pat your face dry before applying a facial moisturiser. 

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

You should aim to exfoliate your body once or twice a week. If you’re looking for an intensive treatment, choose an exfoliating product containing salt or sugar. But if you feel that your skin isn’t overly dry and prefer more regular exfoliation, a gentle everyday body scrub will keep your skin smooth and refreshed without being too harsh. 

To brighten dull skin, it’s recommended that you exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week if it’s prone to dryness; if your skin is sensitive, you should exfoliate once a week – twice, if your skin can handle it.  

Exfoliation Aftercare 

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s important to moisturise your skin. If it’s in need of some intense hydration, a deeply moisturising body butter or body souffle will relieve and rejuvenate your skin. But after a gentle exfoliation, a lighter moisturiser can be just as effective – particularly on warmer days when a body butter might feel too heavy. 

Whether you’ve exfoliated at home before or not, it’s time to introduce the process into your weekly skin and body care routine. With our guide, you’re just a few simple steps away from achieving a beautiful, glowing skin every day! 

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