Why you need to exfoliate is pretty damn obvious if you ask me. Most women (and some chaps), will start their day with a face cream, some sunscreen and then some makeup. During the day their skin is exposed to a bunch of pollutants and bacteria is transferred onto their skin by grubby mitts, food, sweating etc., THEN, they go home and give themselves a nice wash with some cleanser before smearing a bunch of lotions and potions all over their mug.
That’s a LOT of shit going on your skin – which is why exfoliating is so important. Exfoliating gets INTO the pores, clearing them from dead skin cells, bacteria, old products (ew) and some delightful toxins just sittin’ pretty in there. It also sloughs off dry, dead skin from the rest of the surface that a standard cleanser won’t pick up. PLUS, it just gives your skin a bloody good clean.
If you need another reason to exfoliate, think of the lovely and VERY expensive creams you pop on every day. They can’t penetrate your pores and do their job if they’re being blocked, can they? So clean your skin properly so your fancy creams can do the job you paid good money for them to do.
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1. Dry Body Brushing.
What is it?
Exfoliating your rig with a dry brush is the perfect way to get rid of dead, dry skin cells, old tan and it’s really good for circulation (i.e diminishes the appearance of cellulite). You can actually get even more vigorous with your body – and dry body brushing is a bloody phenomenal way of loosening dead skin cells and improving circulation. It’s not exactly pleasant but the results are worth it.
How often should I use it?
Miranda Kerr famously swears by doing it every day to eliminate toxins and smooth her skin but you will see results from practising the technique three to four times a week.
What should I use?
I’ve been using this Manicare brush, $13.59, for years. Prior to showering, I firmly brush in circular motions all over my body.