Dry skin is caused by the shedding of skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. This can be caused by a number of things like low humidity, environmental factors such as smog and even good ole genetics. One way to combat this shedding of skin cells is to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. While a twice a week exfoliation routine is good for most people, those with sensitive skin should only do this once a week and those with acne should avoid exfoliating in areas where pustules are present due to the abrasiveness of the treatment. The following are three methods you can use at home to exfoliate your skin to a better complexion.
Loofahs and Exfoliating Gloves
Loofahs and exfoliating gloves are what most people think of when it comes to exfoliating the skin. They can be found in most big box stores, including grocery stores, and are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It should be noted however that since the items are typically used in a shower setting that bacteria can build up on the products. Because of this, a loofah may not be the best way to exfoliate since they can not be washed as easily as the gloves. The gloves on the other hand can just be thrown in the washing machine after each use.
One of the craziest home remedies for dry skin has to be using old coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin but I guess it makes sense and in the end could save coffee drinkers a little bit of money in the process. This treatment is best done in the shower so you can wash off the coffee smell when you are done with your treatment. Try placing your used coffee grounds in a muslin bag that you can then use to rub over your skin during your shower. As an added bonus, some even suggest coffee grounds also help with reducing cellulite.
Jojoba beads are another good dry skin treatment that is a little less abrasive than other exfoliates such as loofahs and even coffee grounds. This is due to there smooth round shapes instead of the jagged shapes or scratchy surfaces you get with the other treatments. These beads can be bought in bulk and added to soaps, lotions and creams to exfoliate while moisturizing. The smoothness of the beads make this a great option for those with more sensitive skin.