How To Exfoliate
The techniques used for exfoliating can depend on the product you choose, so it's important that you read the instructions carefully. For example, some chemical exfoliators need to be left on the skin for a certain period of time before being rubbed or washed off, the majority of mechanical exfoliators need to be rinsed off straight away.
However, in most cases, the exfoliation steps listed below can be followed:
After cleansing your skin, wet the area of skin you want to exfoliate with warm water.
Place the required amount of the exfoliator into the palm of one hand and gently massage the exfoliator to the desired areas using the pads of the fingers on your other hand. Alternatively, use exfoliating gloves, a synthetic scrubbing sponge or a body loofah.
Making gentle circular motions, scrub the exfoliator over your skin, being careful to avoid sensitive areas, such as the area around the eyes.
When applying to the body, work from the extremities, towards the heart. Pay special attention to areas where dry skin tends to accumulate most, such as the knees, elbows, lower legs, and upper arms. Be extra gentle over delicate areas, such as the inner thighs and neck tissues.
Thoroughly rinse the exfoliator away with warm water.
Pat the skin dry carefully (do not rub).
Finish the process by applying a good moisturiser to ensure that the skin does not dry out. As the skin may be extra-sensitive after exfoliation, fragrance-free moisturisers are usually the best choice.
Exfoliating too often can irritate or even damage the skin, so you should aim to exfoliate only once a week. Very sensitive skin might only need exfoliating once a month.