• María A. Donis

Bonito Guide : Exfoliating

Exfoliating helps you remove unwanted dead skin cells and residue that can clog up your pores and create breakouts. There are many ways to exfoliate, from scrubs to special gloves, and they all have benefits to your skin care routine. We will be talking more in depth about ways you can properly exfoliate a benefit your skin from this low maintenance exercise.

It does not matter where you exfoliate on your body, you are essentially helping your skin shed dead skin cells faster which in part will remove that dullness in your skin. Exfoliating is basically working around your skin with gentle circular motions around your face and body with a tool or product to remove impurities.

They are different mediums for exfoliating such as gloves, brushes, scrubs, pumice stones, and cleansers. The medium you chose will depend on preferences,however sensitive skin should find the least irritating option possible.

I personally use a glove or a sponge for my body, and scrubs and other type of products on my face. I love the softness that glove leaves and they are the most practical to use. I combine them with gentle soaps (I prefer milk based) to create a soft lather that will help lift the skin cells. Remember, that loofahs and other porous materials can cause irritation and strip away too much natural components of your skin, so chose the softer option.

I learned that the most efficient way to scrub your body is starting from the legs and working your way up. Always in circular motions, scrubbing or exfoliating small areas before moving to the next one. Finish your routine by exfoliating the chest, and back arms.

Substitute micro-beads scrubs (illegal in the USA) for products that use seeds, pits, sugar, salt, or other natural exfoliating substances. Make sure to use them with warm water to open up the pores. Not all body scrubs are intended to use on the face, so make sure to read the ingredients and instructions of your products.

Sensitive skin should exfoliate using a light, everyday cleanser that does not irritate skin. Start on small areas of your skin when trying out new products, then work your way to the rest of the face. With the same cleanser, prepare your face by damping it with warm water, then apply your cleanser in a soft cloth and start small gentle circular motions to lift off dirt. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Always end your routine with your moisturizing creams to replenish hydration levels on your skin.

Normal skin can try out exfoliating with mild acids like glycolic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid. You can get these type of masks on drug stores or with your esthetician. Some of these alternatives are best suited to be done by professionals, than to risk it at your home. I recommend treatments like “peeling” to get an even more extraordinary glow.

Remember that when exfoliating your face, you should start washing from your nose and work your way to the outside of the face in small circular motions. Wash your face before hand with warm water to open up pore. Wear moisturizing creams immediately after exfoliating to restore hydration. Be careful with the products that you use and the mediums for scrubbing. Over exfoliation can also cause irritation, so do not exceed from 3-7 times per month.

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