Your skin regenerates itself every 27 days; cells are replaced by younger, healthier ones. But what happens to the older cells? Some of them dilly-dally around on the surface of the skin like zombies, blocking pores on their way, mixing with sebum, trapping dirt and dust particles. Gross right?
The outer surface of your skin could be an episode straight out of The Walking Dead – skin cells long dead still lingering around, causing breakouts on the skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, pretty much every guy’s living nightmare.
Enter exfoliation and the ultimate release of the dead (skin cells)!
One of the easiest favours you can do to your skin to keep it looking young, healthy, and bright is exfoliation or using a face and body scrub. To make sure you get your exfoliation right and ensure you don’t end up with bright red skin that looks like it’s been attacked by sandpaper, read on.
What is exfoliation?
Simply put, exfoliation is getting rid of dead cells from the surface of your skin and in the process unclogging pores & steering clear of any potential breakout scenarios. Exfoliators can be of various types; the most common ones are a face and body scrub or a loofah.
Why do guys need to exfoliate?
Well for starters, who doesn’t like good, clear skin? A face scrub or a body scrub does that and so much more.
Bye dead cells
As we said, exfoliation removes dead cells, unclogs pores, and reduces the chances of your skin breaking out. Put your best face forward always – be it a Zoom call or a virtual date with a Hinge match.
Cleansers clean, but often more superficially, especially if there’s grime or gunk on your skin. Exfoliation works on a deeper level, a face and body scrub makes sure to remove unwanted irritants from your skin.
Shows the door to ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs can be a pain on the face. Since exfoliation works deeper into the skin, using a face and body scrub unclogs pores and clears hair follicles that may have been home to ingrown hairs.
Pro-Tip: Exfoliate before shaving to prep the skin, get rid of ingrown hairs, and make way for a smoother shave.
Hello younger, brighter skin
Exfoliation is known to even out your skin tone and brighten up your complexion by getting rid of excess sebum, dirt, and grime, making your skin appear younger, healthier and Instagram ready!
Your skin is ready for absorption after an exfoliation session. Using a face and body scrub helps absorb the moisturizer better than it normally would and effectively keeps the skin hydrated for longer.
What to use for exfoliation?
For starters, you could get a multifunctional face scrub for men that also doubles up as a body scrub. Choose a face and body scrub that is gentle on the skin, contains micro-exfoliants like walnut shell granules which are eco-friendly as well.
While benefits are multifold, you should not scrub your face more than twice a week. It is okay though to scrub drier, rougher body parts like elbows and knees more frequently. In fact, loofahs also make for a good body scrub for you, since you can use them daily in the shower. Go for a natural body scrub like a vegetable-fibre loofah that’s gentle on the skin.
How to exfoliate?
Using a face & body scrub
- Always use a face scrub or body scrub after you’ve used a cleanser – be it a face or body wash.
- Take the required amount of face or body scrub on your palm, spread it evenly, and gently apply it to wet skin.
- Rub it in gentle, circular motions and massage it for 5-10 seconds, lesser on your face, longer on your body.
- Rinse thoroughly to make sure you’ve gotten rid of the microparticles of the face or body scrub.
- Dry your skin and follow up with a moisturizer.
Using a loofah
- Wet the loofah and pour body wash on it
- Lather it up on wet skin
- Gently rub the loofah in circular motions on your skin
- Wash off and pat your skin dry
- Follow up with a body lotion to seal in the hydration
Gentle and regular are the keywords to effectively using a face and body scrub for exfoliation. Once you’re through, your skin is certainly going to thank you.