Exfoliation is one of the most important practices for keeping your skin young, fresh and glowing. And by no means does it have to be harsh. On the contrary, exfoliation should be gentle yet effective and just take care of the dead skin cell build up on the top layer of the skin. It should never scratch or irritate the delicate and soft skin below. These principles apply to the skin on your entire body, not just your face. And even though we spend a lot of time focusing on our faces, our bodies benefit from some daily anti aging skincare love as well. And while for the face we typically choose between a scrub or a mask, for the body the options are a tiny bit different.
The two best ways to exfoliate your body are with an exfoliating scrub or by using a dry skin brush. One requires a shower, one does not. Both help to keep the skin soft, supple and healthy. Both take about the same amount of time, and both actually feel really good. Additionally, both methods do not require that you use them every day, although there is definitely nothing wrong with choosing to exfoliate your skin every day.
In the case of a dry skin brush, the process is very straightforward. Just like it sounds, you do it dry instead of in the shower like a body scrub. You start from your feet and work your way up your body, giving a few gently upward strokes to each area. Dry skin brushing is a great way to exfoliate your body skin and provides an invigorating wake up in the morning and also helps to get rid of cellulite. Additionally, it helps to keep your skin clean, so if you find yourself in a time pinch and can’t squeeze in a shower, 1-2 minutes of dry skin brushing can fill in that bathing gap.
For a scrub, the first thing is that it requires you to get in the shower. However, there are so many different anti aging skincare ingredients that can go into a scrub that you can pick and choose the specific benefits you would like to get and from what ingredients. A body scrub can also help with cellulite but it requires that you use one that contains a cellulite-fighting ingredient like coffee grounds.
If you enjoy using a body scrub when in the shower but don’t always have the time, then incorporating a dry skin brush into your anti aging skincare routine is a great way to fill in those times when you just can’t jump in the shower. If you don’t like using a scrub, then pick up a dry skin brush and see if you like it. Both methods are great ways to exfoliate and don’t take up a lot of time.