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Why exfoliate? "Exfoliating is the best way to keep your skin soft and looking young," says Olivia Head, general manager of spa services at The Sanctuary. Clearing away old skin cells will help create a smooth canvass for applying fake tan and help minimise in-grown hairs, while helping ensure better penetration of your favourite body care products. Just like facial exfoliation, regular body exfoliation can help prevent blemishes, too. "Buffing the dead skin away will keep it from clogging pores, which can lead to blackheads, white heads and acne," says Olivia.
"Incorporate a bodyt exfoliator into your shower routine at least three times weekly to slough away dead skin cells," says Soap & Glory founder Marcia Kilgore. "Not only will it simultaneously stimulate circulation; your after-shower moisture lotions will sink in more readily." Struggling to make three times a week? "Even once a week will result in softer, smoother skin," says Olivia. "You can also make changes depending on the season. For instance, in the summer with the heat and the humidity (not to mention smog and other pollution), exfoliating more frequently will help you keep your skin looking glowing and fresh."
It's not just about granular body scrubs; choose from skin-renewal body products, exfoliating gloves, body scrubs and polishes.
The most common type of body exfoliator, these in-shower scrubs contain buffing beads, grains or kernels to manually slough away dead skin and smooth the body. "Massage the scrub in circular motions, paying special attention to the elbows, knees and heels - anywhere that is prone to dry, harder skin," says Marcia, who won't leave the house without Soap & Glory's The Scrub Of Your Life.
Expert tip: for a more intense sloughing action, massage into dry skin before showering off.
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Less common than manual body scrubs, body-renewal products feature fruit enzymes, amino sugars or acid-based exfoliating agents, like glycolic or salicylic acid, to help clear away debris and brighten the body by nibbling away at dead skin cells, loosening the bonds that hold old skin cells together - no manual scrubbing action required. Applied as the moisturiser, most are designed for daily use; simply massage in and let skin-refining ingredients do the rest.
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Handy, mess-free and seriously cost-effective, exfoliating gloves are designed to be used in the shower (a modern-day version of the loofah). Simply don the gloves, lather up with shower gel and buff from your feet up, working upwards towards the heart. Remember to wash your gloves regularly to prevent bacteria build-up.
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