A Detailed Guide on How to Exfoliate Your Face

18 Jun 2021
A Detailed Guide on How to Exfoliate Your Face

Remember running your hand over freshly waxed arms and legs and being amazed at how smooth it is? Exfoliation does something similar for your skin.

Or, the times when the word ‘exfoliate’ was casually thrown about in conversation and you didn’t know what it meant? Don’t worry, we won’t let you feel left out. This article aims to help you remedy just that!

So, what’s exfoliating anyway, and why should you care?

Exfoliating is a key step in your skincare routine, which involves using a scrub to gently massage your skin so that it can remove impurities and clear pores. Not only does it improve the skin's health, by gently removing built-up dead skin cells and tan, but also helps other products to penetrate better into the skin's surface.

Adult skin that has not been put through regular exfoliation has several markers such as acne, blackheads, signs of more rapid aging, and clogged pores. Skin can also become irritated and dry since various other skincare products lose their effectiveness (being unable to penetrate the skin).

Sounds like too much of a good thing? But, beware! Don’t fall into the trap of over-exfoliating as that can leave your skin feeling irritated and dry.

So, how often should you actually exfoliate then?

We know there’s no one size fits all approach when it comes to skincare. What we really want is to get glowing and fresh skin, and at the same time, what we don’t want is to be left with a stingy sensation, and dehydrated skin.

Being acquainted with your skin type is a great first step to deciding how often to exfoliate your skin. For sensitive or dry skin, once a week, for oily skin, up to three times a week, and for normal to combination type skin, best results may be seen when exfoliating about twice a week. Remember to never over exfoliate and consult a professional if you see any harsh reactions on your skin.

When should you not exfoliate?

While trying to get perfect skin, we often end up going overboard. We don’t want to do that with exfoliation. For someone with acne problems, or cuts and other open wounds on the face, exfoliation should be avoided as in these cases it may further aggravate the condition. Other cases where this should be skipped include any ongoing infections or sunburn.

Getting your hands dirty: How do you exfoliate? Let’s get to the juicy bit now.

For us, exfoliation feels like an instant pick me up, and our skincare routine wouldn’t be complete without it. We’re certain once you make it a part of your beauty regime, you’ll feel the same way!

Starting from your face, down to your toes, exfoliation plays an important part in how you look after your body. Smooth, fresh, and hydrated skin is one step away from exfoliation. Now let’s talk about the different areas of our body that need exfoliation starting with the most important.

#1 Face Exfoliation

Your face is exposed the most to outdoor irritants like dirt, pollution, and sun rays, making it a priority while exfoliating. Here’s how to go about it.

Begin by washing your face. Next, take a coin-sized amount of any scrub and use gentle, circular motions to apply it to the face (take care to avoid the eyes!). Make sure to check the specific instructions of your product to know how long to apply the scrub to your face. Next, rinse off with warm water (hot water irritates the recently-exfoliated skin!) and follow with a moisturizer. You can check out our Naked and Raw Coffee Face Scrub, followed by the Cappuccino Coffee Face Moisturizer. The products work hand in hand to deliver well exfoliated, refreshed, and deeply hydrated skin.

You can also go in for a super easy DIY lip scrub at home. 2 ingredients is all it takes. Mix some honey and sugar granules, and using your fingers exfoliate your lips in a circular motion, and wash off afterward. You’ll be welcomed by rosy, soft, and extra smooth lips! Don’t forget to hydrate with some lip balm after exfoliation.

#2 Body exfoliation

Moving on to body exfoliation. Areas like our arms, legs, and feet also need exfoliation since they’re doing a lot more work than given credit for. It’s important to scrub our bodies to encourage skin turnover and cell regeneration, resulting in brighter and even-toned skin. Pay special attention to rough areas like your knees and elbows when you exfoliate.

You can check out our Body Polishing Kit for coffee enriched exfoliation at home. The kit consists of our almost-addictive coffee body scrub and choco body butter. The caffeine from coffee tones the skin and exfoliates it to breathe freely, while the body butter deeply nourishes the skin keeping it supple and nourished. A plus point is how amazing these products smell. Each bath will leave you feeling reborn and replenished!

#3 Foot exfoliation

If you’re on your toes more than you’d like it’s likely that your feet need some extra TLC!
De-stressing taken to the next level comes as our Naked & Raw Coffee Foot Scrub with Peppermint. Indulge in a home foot spa and pamper your feet with the goodness of caffeine, almond oil, and peppermint - it’ll leave your skin feeling supple and baby soft! Use it twice a week and add it to your scrubbing routine for fresh feet.

If you have super sensitive skin and want to remain wary of possible skin issues, you can go in for a DIY homemade scrub using oats, milk and honey! Oats are known to be an amazing ingredient for exfoliating at home. Another simple yet effective home remedy for exfoliation is to combine coconut oil and sugar. Try them out and let us know what works for you.

That’s all - a simple exfoliation once every few days goes a long way in getting you radiant skin. Don’t worry if you’re new to the process, just take it slow and you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. Exfoliation is a great way to keep your skin looking glowing and healthy, as long as you don’t overdo it because we know too much of anything is bad!

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