Who is ready for summer? Did you know that sunless tanners aren’t the only way to get a sexy summer glow? Exfoliating your skin makes dull, lackluster skin shine. Not to mention it helps your sunless tan last longer if you exfoliate beforehand! But, not every part of your body is created equal, and they all need special care. Attention class! It’s time for Exfoliating 101
Exfoliating your face
You guys know how I feel about face exfoliation. There are so many gimmicks and products out there that can do so much damage to your skin! Using anything with sharp edges or pieces in it can cause micro tears in your skin, which will let moisture out and bacteria in. That’s right. Anything with walnut, apricot, or little bits that aren’t rounded need to go straight into the trash. Avoid anything with plastic microbeads in it as well. They are terrible for the environment. Using a chemical exfoliator, like Stridex or Murad Intensive Radiance Peel will remove dead skin more thoroughly, evenly, and gently.
Exfoliating your body
The skin on your body is a little less sensitive than the skin on your face, so using scrubby materials won’t hurt it. I love to DIY my body scrubs, because it’s less expensive. Be sure to focus on bendy areas like your knees and elbows! Use a mourishing moisturizer afterwards.
Exfoliating your feet
Your feet deserve all the tender loving care. As much as we all go barefoot over the summer. they can take a beating! Double down with this scrub from OPI that uses both sugar and a chemical AHA exfoliate to get your feet soft and silky. I also like to use a deep moisturizer overnight in conjuction with some aloe socks!
Exfoliating your lips
Your lips are just as sensitive as the skin on your face and require gentle care, but also tend to peel and dry out more quickly than the rest of your face. Scrubbing your lips gently with Vaseline or lipgloss and a clean toothbrush will help to remove flakes. I use my favorite lip balm, Smith’s Minted Rose, afterwards. It’s perfect for bring moisture back to my lips and make them more supple.
Exfoliating your scalp
Your scalp is part of our skin we tend to neglect. It’s not only important to exfoliate (embarrassing flakes, anyone?), but it’s also super important to keep it healthy and hydrated! Think about it- what part of your body sees the most of the sun? That’s right- your head! Davines Natural Tech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo. To condition, One N’ Only Argan Oil Dry Scalp Treatment.