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Exfoliation Pt. 1

Body exfoliation is one of the most important steps in caring for your skin. It’s also one of the most misunderstood! Body exfoliation is especially important if you’re waxing and there are many benefits.

First off, what is exfoliation? Since your skin is constantly shedding skin cells, smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin’s surface. As you age, the rate that your body sheds dull and dead skin cells slows down.

Methods of exfoliation vary depending on your skin type and conditions. And it’s not just for your face - exfoliation is for your whole body! I recommend organic cane sugar or dry brushing, two to three times per week. Make it your weekly routine and notice the difference almost immediately.

Never heard of Dry Brushing? (learn more here) This especially helps exfoliating dry winter skin and it can be used on your entire body. Always use a natural bristled bath/shower brush, preferably with a long handle. Dry brushing exfoliates without drying out the skin as water can during in-shower exfoliation. When dry brushing, start at your feet and work your way up and towards your heart. This increases blood circulation and promotes lymph flow/drainage and unclogs pores. If you haven't heard of dry brushing, you should definitely give it a try - you'll feel invigorated for sure!

There are many types of exfoliants, such as crystals, micro-fine granules and natural beads. Some of my clients ask me if it’s necessary to exfoliate - you don’t have to, but this is what happens if you don’t: Dead skin cells can get trapped on the skin’s surface and when they do, they build up to cause clogged pores, dark spots, rough skin, wrinkles, dullness and dryness.

Avoid all of this by simply adding to your routine 2-3 times a week. Free, soften, and help your skin behave younger.

Exfoliating before waxing will help prevent ingrown hairs and promote healthier skin! See you soon. xo - Steph.