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How to Exfoliate Every Single Body Part—the Right Way

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 18, 2015
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  • Use alpha hydroxyl acids to exfoliate face.
  • Lips need to be exfoliated gently.
  • Exfoliating arms can make them softer.
  • Knees and elbows need mechanical exfoliation.

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Exfoliation plays a vital role in removing layers of dead skin. In fact, exfoliation can be your key to fighting most irritating skin issues. Following are some tips to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin to look great from head to toe.

Exfoliation Tips

Face

Alpha hydroxyl acids like, glycolic and lactic acid are effective exfoliators. These acids can be found in moisturizers that are smooth enough for daily use or in higher strengths in masks or in-office peels. Salicylic acid, also known as beta hydroxy acid is another great exfoliating ingredient. It is usually used to treat acne and can be found in cleansers, moisturizers and pimple spot treatments. People who live in places with harsh winters must exfoliate their face only once or twice a week during that time of the year. But, during summer you can exfoliate anywhere in between twice a week to every day.

Lips

Lips need a gentler treatment. Use a cleanser which contains 0.5 to 2 percent salicylic acid. Wash the product over your lips. To avoid the flakes, apply a balm containing shea-butter.

Arms

Dark patches at the back of your arm are known as keratosis pilaris and although there is nothing you can do to get rid of them, exfoliation can make them feel a little smoother.

Exfoliation Tips

Elbows and Knees

On these parts, the skin is a bit thicker thus, you can opt for mechanical exfoliation instead of a chemical one. Use loofahs or scrub to clean these areas. After you have exfoliated, pat yourself dry, but not completely, with a towel and apply a moisturizer to seal the water from the shower.

Hands and Feet

The best ingredient you can use to exfoliate dry skin on these areas is urea, which can be found in lotions that have a concentrated amount as high as 40 percent. Urea is a useful ingredient as it exfoliates and hydrates simultaneously.

The importance of removing dead skin is not hidden. But, not everyone knows the right way to do it. So, follow the above mentioned points and exfoliate every body part perfectly.

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  • Chinamaya19 Feb 2015
    Wow! That was insightful.

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