Whether you break out on the regular or have rough patches on your feet, exfoliation (removing the outermost layer of dead skin) could be the key to combating your most trying skin issues. Hereare the tried-and-true tips for sloughing offâ€”so that you can look great from head to toe.
1. Types Of Scrubs
There are actually two kindsâ€”physical (scrubbing) and chemical (peeling). Both methods remove dead cells to reveal new skin. When it comes to your complexion, chemical exfoliation, which you’d do by using a lotion or a peel containing acids, is a great way to brighten your face and make yourself look younger. Meanwhile, areas that have thicker skin, like your knees and elbows, can benefit from the use of something little rougher, like a scrub or loofah.
Glycolic and lactic acid (alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs) are powerful exfoliators. You can find glycolic and lactic acids in moisturizers that are gentle enough for daily use or at higher strengths in masks or in-office peels. Salicylic acid (a.k.a beta hydroxy acid) is another popular exfoliating ingredient. It’s most commonly used to help treat acne and can be found in cleansers, moisturizers, and pimple spot treatments. For sensitive complexions, opt for an enzyme-based mask instead.
When it comes to your pucker, the gentler the better. Dermatologists recommeneds using your regular facial cleanser as a delivery system, by washing your face with 0.5 to 2 percent salicylic acid cleanser and washing the product over your lips. To keep the flakiness at bay, follow up with a balm like the ones enriched with Shea butter. You’ll most likely have to apply multiple times a day.
You know those pink bumps on the back of your arms? They’re called keratosis pilaris, or “chicken skin”â€”and although there’s no way to get rid of the bumps for good, using an exfoliating lotion may make your arms feel somewhat smoother. Keratosis pilaris is probably the easiest thing in dermatology to diagnose and the toughest thing to treat. When it comes to KP, the cells that line the hair follicles come to the surface and don’t shed.
What you need to do is be careful and you can’t be too aggressive. Use aÂ 15 percent glycolic acid lotion in conjunction with a salicylic acid body wash or manual exfoliation with a loofah in the shower.
5. Elbows and Knees
Where the skin is a little bit thicker, you might consider more of a mechanical exfoliation as opposed to a chemical one, whether it’s loofahs or a scrub containing something like nuts. After exfoliating in the shower, pat yourself off with a towel (you don’t want to be completely dry) and apply a moisturizer to trap and seal the water from the shower into your skin.
6. Hands And Feet
One of the best ingredients you can use to exfoliate rough skin on your hands and feet is urea, which is available in lotions in as high as a 40 percent concentration. The ingredient simultaneously exfoliates and hydrates dry, thick, dead skin on the hands or feet. Urea does a really lovely job at getting the dead skin off while at the same time pulling in water molecules to replace the moisture.
7. DIY Scrub Recipe
Raid your pantry to whip up some mild exfoliating scrubs. You can mix sugar and honey to gently exfoliate sensitive skin,while coffee grinds can be mildly exfoliating, too. You can also crush up aspirin (which contains salicylic acid) to make your own exfoliator.-MYNEWSHUB.CC