If you have a flawless, soft-as-a-baby's-butt, then you don't need to exfoliate. But for the rest of the men, exfoliating is a quick way to get rid of dead cells that build up the surface of our skin, clogging our pores. Not only does exfoliating smooth and brighten your complexion of the spot, it also acts as the perfect preshave treatment because it helps prevent ingrown hair by lifting whiskers away from the skin.
There are two kinds of exfoliators. The first is mechanical, which is made up of tiny granules that when rubbed gently onto the skin, dislodge and lift away dead skin. The second is chemical, which is usually reserved for the face and uses mild acids like alpha hydroxyl to dissolve dead skin cells. Either way, choose a product that is conducive to your skin type, meaning dr
y, oily, sensitive etc. Finally, know the difference between exfoliators for your face and those for your body. Some are mild enough that they can be used as both, but a body-specific product is often too potent for your face.
Exfoliate your face once a week, clean your face and then gently work a small amount of product onto your damp skin, rubbing in small circular motions for one to two minutes. Rinse until clean. And always use a moisturizer when you are done, since exfoliating can leave your skin drier than ever.
When exfoliating your body, you don't have to be as delicate with your legs and arms as you were with your face. Which is way you want to opt for a scrub with a hardy granule to it, like sea salt or oatmeal, or sugar-based versions that really buff the skin and can be used in the shower once a week. And don't be afraid to really go at it.
Once your skin is wet, rub in big circular motions and take a couple of extra minutes to focus on the right areas like knees, elbows and the bottoms of your feet. After you rinse off, you will see water beading on your almost-glossy-looking skin. Finish with a body moisturizer and prepare to be amazed at how remarkably soft and smooth you feel.
Here are some of the best exfoliators you can buy:
-Anthony's Sea Salt Scrub ha s a good grainy texture and is made for all skin types. It cost about 25 dollars
-Clarins Active Face Scrub is made especially for your face, costing about 17 dollars
-Peter Thomas Roth's Botanical Buffing Beads is the perfect option for an ultragentle scrub that can be used on both the face and the body. His price gos round