Yesterday was “Me Monday,” and while our typically-dry region of Southern California got a whopping 2.5 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, the home heating system was working a number on my skin. As I’ve aged, I’ve realized that all the attention I give to keeping my face clear and youthful needs to extend below my neck or I won’t recognize whose knees those are I’m looking down at.
As with my face, the key to success is exfoliation. There’s a variety of ways to slough off skin to achieve the radiant new skin underneath: 1) Mechanical (scrubs and loofahs) 2) Chemical (lotions containing exfoliating acids). I usually do one or the other once a week but I had a little time so I started with a mechanical exfoliator process, bathed, and then finished with an exfoliation lotion and a creamier one to help seal in moisture overnight.
Another benefit to mechanical exfoliation is that it serves as a deep cleanser that sloughs off dead skin that contains odor-causing bacteria. My winning formula is a penny-sized amount of Erbaviva Firming Salts with an oil. This week I used one from The Body Deli. I rub both together and tackle my feet and work my way up to my shoulders and chest. I follow up with the loofah while the scrub is working itself in, and pay particular attention to my underarms.
Because I don't use antiperspirant or deodorant with harsh chemicals I do society a great service by ridding my pits of the bacteria that releases the gases that we recognize as body odor. I also use the loofah on my upper thighs for the same reason.
After the bath then the exfoliating lotion and a deliciously creamy moisturizer...
What are your favorite exfoliation techniques, and how often do you do them?
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