So the weather is warming up and everyone has been hitting the gym religiously since New Year’s Day to get in shape for the summer. Tropical vacations, beach trips, or just a trip to your local pool is on everyone’s mind. Well while you’re working out you need to make sure your skin is looking right too…..and not just the skin on your face.
A lot of times people tend to forget about exfoliating the entire body. Just like your face your body should get a good scrub 1-2 times per week. If you sweat a lot from working out or being outdoors you can exfoliate more often. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells by scrubbing, whether it be with a tool or an exfoliating product.
These are examples of the types of tools you can exfoliate with using regular soap. They are textured and will create the friction needed to get rid of those dead skin cells on the body. You can also use a loofah or a sponge.
The only thing I don’t like about tools is that they hold a lot of bacteria and need to be changed often. I prefer using a scrub. All I do is put some of it on my hand and apply all over my body…..yes ALL OVER!!! Regardless of what you use, after exfoliation you’ll notice an immediate difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Apply a moisturizer and it will go on so much smoother.
My favorite body scrub is the sugar scrub by Tree Hut. They also make a salt scrub but my skin doesn’t like salt scrubs; sugar is good for sensitive skin. They’re inexpensive, easy to find, and are almost always on sale buy one get one half off at Ulta. One of my favorite scents is the mango.
Ok, so now we have that out of the way let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here are places on the body most people don’t exfoliate but should:
- Pubic and Bikini Area – Mostly everyone goes to the beach or pool when it gets hot. Don’t get caught slipping with ingrown hairs (that can cause hair bumps) because that is NOT a pretty sight. For those who shave, it is much more common to get an ingrown hair. Remember, you can get a blemish or “bump” anywhere there’s a pore or hair follicle. When hair follicles get infected it creates a bump. Your pubic area is not immune so do everyone at the beach (and your boo) a favor and exfoliate down there year round, but especially in the summer. And exfoliating down there 5-7 days before a wax helps the hair come out easier.
My favorite “down there” exfoliator is Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream. It comes in a jar. Don’t get it confused with another Clinique exfoliator that has almost the same name. The one in the jar is the best for “down there” because it has salicylic acid in it. And the micro beads are not abrasive because this product is a cream, but still does a good job of exfoliating. Use this on an existing hair bump and it’ll be gone in 2 days or less!
2. Butt – Exfoliate your butt! It’s a part of your body right? And it is exposed a lot more in the summer so make sure that booty is soft!
3. Back – So this is the hardest place to reach obviously. I’ve learned to master the art of doing it on my own using my scrub. It took some practice. Or you can use a body brush with a longer handle (shown in the top picture). Exfoliating your back also helps your tanning lotion or sun block penetrate better. You don’t want your back to be a different color than the rest of you….not a good look.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Go exfoliate!!!