Over time, due to unprotected sun exposure and age, skin’s ability to shed the buildup of dead skin slows down. Exfoliation is a skincare technique where you remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin.
Exfoliation helps brighten your complexion, clean out your pores and lets your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin. Your skin feels smoother and looks much more radiant that it did before.
It’s not just about getting smooth skin, but about removing the chance of suffering from acne. Acne isn’t just due to dirty skin. It’s due to the pores getting blocked, and that can be from dirt or even natural oils that the skin produces.
There are two main types of exfoliation. You can do it through mechanical methods or chemical means. Mechanical processes are the most commonly used options around the world. An abrasive is used on the skin, to scrub the dead skin cells away.
Almost every beauty line (from drugstores to specialty stores) offers an exfoliation scrub but you can also prepare one at home.
Skin on your body can differ depending on the location. The back tends to be tougher than the chest and stomach, so you may find that you can be a little harsher with the scrubbing on the back to get rid of all the dead skin cells.
Take a look at our DIY scrub recipes:
HONEY SEA SALT SCRUB
- 2 TBSP FINE SEA SALT
- 1.5 TBSP OF HONEY
Combine the salt and the honey together until you have a thick paste. The honey will start to dissolve the salt so you’ll want to use this within a few days depending on the humidity where you live.
Apply in the shower and allow to sit about a minute, then gently massage over skin in circular motions. Rinse.
SWEET VANILLA SUGAR SCRUB
- 1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR
- 1/2 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
- 1/3 CUP OLIVE OIL OR COCONUT OIL
- 2 TBS HONEY
- ¼ TSP PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
- ½ TSP VITAMIN E OIL
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Use this scrub on your whole body circular motion. Rinse using warm water and
finish with a nice cool splash of water to close pores.
CELLULITE COFFEE SCRUB
- 3 TBSP FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE
- 2 TBSP COCOA POWDER (OPTIONAL)
- 1-2 TBSP NATURAL OIL (OLIVE, COCONUT, ALMOND)
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you’ve washed your body,
massage the scrub onto wet skin for about 60 seconds per area, where you’re
targeting cellulite, then rinse with warm water.
Optional: Before getting in the shower, use your dry brush to exfoliate and
stimulate blood flow. Brush lightly in a circular motion on any problem areas, or
all over your body to reap the full benefits of dry brushing.
SUGAR SALT SCRUB - for very dry skin
- 3 TBSP SUGAR
- 3 TBSP SEA SALT
- 3 TBSP NATURAL OIL (OLIVE, COCONUT, ALMOND)
- 20 DROPS LAVENDER OIL AND 20 DROPS PEPPERMINT OIL
Combine the sugar, salt, and oils in a bowl.
Gently rub the scrub into dry or rough areas of skin, such as your hands, feet,
and elbows. Rub in a circular motion for one to two minutes to exfoliate and
remove dead skin.
GREEN TEA SCRUB - for sensitive skin
- 2 TBSP DRIED GREEN TEA LEAVES (2-4 TEA BAGS)
- 1 TBSP WHITE SUGAR (SOFT GRANULES) - optional
- 2 TBSP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
- 2 TBSP HONEY
Combine all the ingredients. Apply a tablespoon of exfoliator at a time to your
hands. Gently massage the skin with the exfoliator for 30 seconds. Rinse the
exfoliator from the skin with water and a washcloth. Don’t use the scrub more
then once a week!