Exfoliation is an underestimated and under appreciated part of skincare. Sure, it’s not something you should do every day, but that doesn’t make it less important. It’s also a form of product that seldom gets reviewed or given any time in the spotlight. So, naturally I thought it was time to dedicate a post to products that get rid of dead skin.
Let’s start by talking about feet and scrubs to be used on them. It’s about to get really freaking hot and your feet will sweat. Dead skin contributes to that sweat smelling horribly. In other words, exfoliation has more benefits than purely cosmetic. Not looking after your feet can lead to such pleasant things as calluses and other minor disfigurements. In addition to scrubbing and moisturising, look after your feet by wearing shoes that fit you. Skip pointy toed shoes as they can actually deform your feet in the long run. If you wear heels, it is especially important that they fit properly both because they’re easier to walk in and because it minimises the risk of your feet being damaged. Anyhow, scrubs.
A while ago, I bought this spray from the Body Shop and didn’t know what to make of it. Today I tried the foot scrub from the same line and it’s really damn good. It’s called the Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub and the full sized product sets you back about 18 dollars. It’s a pretty hardcore scrub that’s helpful in targeting callused areas, it smells pleasantly of peppermint without being overpowering. You’ll need to do a fair amount of scrubbing manually and it helps if your feet have had time to soften. Either give yourself a foot bath or do this after a shower. Rinse it off and you’re done. I actually tried the spray afterwards and it does help to make your feet feel fresh for longer. If you want to be adventurous and really get rid of dead skin, try TonyMoly’s Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes. This product is weird. They’re a bit like plastic socks that have the formula on the inside. You wear them for an hour to 90 minutes, then you take them off and rinse your feet thoroughly. Within about a week, your feet will start peeling. The dead skin will literally fall off over the course of a few days. Do not make the mistake of timing this with an event. Your feet will look really weird until it’s done. It works, but it’s not for people who are paranoid or squeamish.
Body scrubs and I don’t tend to get along. I hate that they come in tubs or jars and since I use body scrubs in the shower, there’ll be water getting into that jar sooner or later. So instead I tend to use scrub gloves. The best pair I’ve tried comes from Soap & Glory and can be bought for nine bucks at Mecca. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs after shaving or waxing, I’d recommend using this on dry skin every now and then, especially a day or two before waxing. Dead skin is one of the main causes behind ingrown hairs and hair that keeps growing under the skin, so it really helps if you give yourself a good scrub. I’ve also heard really good things about body scrubs from Soap & Glory, so if you prefer tubs over gloves, I’d recommend having a look at those. Follow up with a good moisturiser or moisturising shower wash to prevent flaky skin. Exfoliation can be a harsh treatment and you need to compensate for it.
When it comes to facial scrubs, you’ll need to find a scrub that’s softer than anything you use on your body. The skin on your face is a lot more sensitive than say your arms. There’s typically two forms of exfoliators that are used on the face: chemical and manual. Don’t be mistaken, they both contain chemicals. One just targets dead skin on its own while you need to manually scrub it away with the other.
For a good chemical exfoliator, I’d recommend TonyMoly’s Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-In Scrub while it’s still available. For manual, go with Palmer’s. The one thing you want to avoid is microbeads. Sure they exfoliate just fine, but they don’t degrade. They cause a lot of problems once they’ve gone down the drain and there are plenty of products that do just as good a job.
Never exfoliate without moisturising afterwards, especially not when it comes to your face.