A Guide to Proper Body Exfoliation

Exfoliation has so many benefits to the body. A high-quality skincare routine in Gilbert, AZ should incorporate proper exfoliation with body scrubs if you are to keep a smooth and youthful appearance long into the future.

The process of exfoliation involves breaking down and removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. In doing so, you unblock the pores and make way for the healthier skin cells to reveal themselves, which provides a smoother appearance and helps the skin “breathe,” so to speak. Regular exfoliation improves blood circulation and helps you develop a healthy glow. It also makes it easier to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Many people are familiar with facial exfoliation, but exfoliation of the body involves some different processes. The skin on the body is different—it’s thicker and drier, and there are fewer oil glands, which is why the face isn’t as likely as the body to have issues with dry skin. If you start to develop scaly-feeling skin when the weather changes, this is completely normal, and exfoliation can help.

Exfoliating the body

There are many different methods you can use to exfoliate your body, and the option you go with depends on the qualities of your skin and your own personal preferences. There are both physical and chemical exfoliants, both of which can be highly effective at their job.

For chemical options, dermatologists generally recommend light acids, such as lactic acid or lipohydroxy acid. These acids don’t cause the same level of skin irritation for people with sensitive skin, especially when compared to options like glycolic acid.

Body scrubs are a common method of physical exfoliation, and you’ll find a wide range of these products on the market in Gilbert, AZ that can be highly effective. Sugar, coffee and salt are all basic options that have been shown to be effective, and they can even be made by the user.

If you prefer a mechanical scrubbing option, it’s recommended you still use naturally occurring products rather than microbeads. Common examples include organic coconut sugar and organic jojoba oil. Coconut sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid, which is an exfoliant in its own right, and it also features some highly essential vitamins and minerals (potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, sodium, amino acids) that can be absorbed through the skin and benefit your overall health.

You don’t need to exfoliate the body as often as you need to exfoliate your face. Experts say once every 10 days or so is more than sufficient for most people, but if you have particularly sensitive or oily skin, you might consider doing it multiple times a week to prevent those scales from forming during the seasonal changes. And of course, just as you do with your face, you should be sure to moisturize afterwards.

Interested in purchasing body scrubs in Gilbert, AZ for better body exfoliation? We encourage you to check out what we have in stock at Gilbert Wax Bar, LLC, or simply book an appointment and we’ll be happy to tend to your skincare needs!

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