The Benefits Of Exfoliating

Jul 15, 2021 | Expert Advice

If you’ve avoided exfoliation because you’re not sure how to do it or why it benefits the skin, keep reading. We explain the benefits of exfoliating below and show you how to exfoliate to achieve beautiful, glowing skin. 

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin, transforming it from dull and dry to soft and glowing.


Exfoliation can be achieved either mechanically (using aa loofah, brush or towel to scrub away dead skin cells) or chemically (using a scrub with salt or sugar granules in it to displace dead skin cells and soften the skin).


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What Are the Benefits of Exfoliating?


One of the most obvious benefits of exfoliating? It revitalises dull skin by scrubbing away dead skin cells to improve skin’s texture. As such, hydrating products like moisturiser and serum are able to penetrate more deeply into the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and cared for.


Exfoliation also helps to cleanse the skin by clearing out impurities, tackling clogged pores, and reducing the appearance of blemishes.



Exfoliation encourages collagen production and skin cell rejuvenation, which can help to fade scarring.


Should I Exfoliate Dry Skin?

You may be wondering: Can exfoliating help to soothe dry skin? The short answer is yes. As exfoliation removes dead layers of skin, it allows moisturiser to be better absorbed, providing skin with more hydration. However, if skin is dry and sensitive, it’s best to opt for a nourishing, gentle exfoliator.


sanctuary salt scrub


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 removes dead skin cells and hydrates skin too, leaving it feeling polished and beautifully moisturised.


How to Exfoliate Your Body

Take a look at how to exfoliate to achieve smoother and brighter skin in a few simple steps.


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, depending 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.


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 to remove impurities while buffing away dead skin cells too.


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


Step 3: Apply your product

Massage a generous scoop of your chosen body scrub onto drenched skin using circular motions. 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. Pay particular attention to these areas and apply more or less pressure, depending on how sensitive the skin is.


 Step 5: Rinse

Rinse off any residual product with warm water, then 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 and 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.


How Often Should You Exfoliate?

You should exfoliate your body once or twice a week. If you’re looking for an intensive treatment, choose an exfoliating product containing salt or sugar. If you prefer more regular exfoliation, a gentle everyday body scrub will keep skin smooth and refreshed without being too harsh.


Exfoliation Aftercare


exfoliation aftercare


Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s important to moisturise. If it’s in need of some intense hydration, a deeply moisturising body butter or body souffle will relieve and rejuvenate the 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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