You probably already have a good understanding of how beneficial exfoliation can be for your skin if you’re into giving yourself the best skincare routine possible, but did you know other parts of your body may need specific exfoliants to help them look and feel their best? Here comes your complete guide to exfoliation from your head to your toes.
How to Exfoliate Your Face
The most well-known part of your body you should exfoliate on a regular basis is of course, your face. This is because the sensitive skin on your face is susceptible to clogging up due to the buildup of oil, debris, and specifically, dead skin cells that can dull your complexion.
You have two options for how to exfoliate your face. First are the physical or manual exfoliants, like our Microderm Ultra Refining Scrub. The other choice is a chemical exfoliant, like our Glycolic Lotion Skin Peel, which comes in 5% and 10% strengths.
Follow the directions for whatever exfoliant you have, which is often recommended only once or twice a week for the best results.
Exfoliating Acne-Prone Skin
Exfoliation for people with acne or blemish-prone skin is tricky because you don’t want to overdo it. Over exfoliation can lead to an increase in oil production over time, which can actually make acne breakouts worse. For oily skin, we recommend a slightly gentler method of removing dead skin cells, using our Clarify Polishing Mask instead of harsher chemical or physical scrubs.
How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
No matter how often you do or don’t use products in your hair and wash it with shampoo, residual oils, products, dandruff, and other dead skin cells build up between your hairs and in your scalp. If you’ve noticed your hair or scalp becoming increasingly itchy, dry, or flaky, it might be time to explore exfoliation your scalp.
To exfoliate your scalp, first shampoo your hair, then use your chosen exfoliant. Popular DIY exfoliants include apple cider vinegar, products with activated charcoal, and salicylic acids. Gently rub the chosen product through your hair before rinsing and moving on to other products as needed.
How to Exfoliate Your Lips
You may notice during the winter that it can be hard to keep your lips moisturized with the same lip balm you were using during the warmer months. If you can’t beat chapped lips, they may benefit from exfoliation.
Keep in mind that your lips are among the most sensitive areas of skin on your body, so be extra careful when exfoliating them. You can make a DIY scrub at home with gentle exfoliants like finely ground coffee or granulated sugar and a few drops of oil, or we recommend our Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Polish and an extra gentle circular application using your fingertip.
How to Exfoliate the Body
It may be obvious when certain body parts build up dead skin cells or even callouses due to a lack of exfoliation, especially around the elbows and knees. These areas, as well as other places of thicker skin, benefit from regular exfoliation from products like our Papaya Pineapple body scrub. Use as needed or as often as directed for smoother, more radiant looking skin that easily absorbs your body moisturizer during every season.
How to Exfoliate Your Feet
Perhaps the thickest, toughest skin on your body is on the bottom of your feet. Commonly an area toughened with callouses, the feet need frequent exfoliation if you want them to remain soft and supple. If you currently have callouses, your feet likely won’t respond to even a strong foot scrub, so look into removing callouses with instruments like a pumice stone or foot file first.
Our best body scrub for the feet is likely our Mint Renewal White Sand Body Polish, with sugar and salt for heavy-duty exfoliation.
Professional-Grade Exfoliants from Epicuren Discovery
No matter the area or type of skincare concern you have, Epicuren Discovery has a high-quality solution for your exfoliation needs. With science-backed exfoliants no matter what your skin type, you can reveal the healthy looking glow you’ve been after and help your skin benefit more from the products you love. Find more professional-grade skincare products that are tailored to your skin type and skin concerns by taking our Skin Quiz today!