Exfoliation of the skin is removing dry and dead cells and replacing them with new and healthy ones. Regular exfoliation is necessary for some body parts like the face, the back and the legs. Legs exfoliation can be availed in salons and spas because apart from removal of dry skin, exfoliating the legs can also be relaxing. Exfoliating the legs is an easy process and it can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Here are the steps you need to follow to exfoliate your legs.
- Prepare the exfoliating scrub. Exfoliating scrubs are available in the beauty section of the department store or the pharmacy but it’s always best to prepare the exfoliating scrub using natural ingredients. Salt and sugar make great scrubs because of their tiny granules that can exfoliate skin. Mix ½ cup of salt or sugar to any scrub base such as water, moisturizing cream or honey and make exfoliating scrub paste.
- Take a shower. Taking a shower to cleanse the skin is ideal before exfoliation. Make sure to use warm water when you shower because warm water opens the pores and the skin can absorb the nutrients contained in the exfoliating scrub.
- Apply the exfoliating scrub on your legs. Gently scrub the legs with the exfoliating scrub you prepared. Start exfoliating from the knee area, going down to the legs and the feet. You can also opt to exfoliate starting from the thigh area but make sure the scrub does not reach sensitive areas of your lower body. Use a circular motion when exfoliating the legs to aid in blood circulation. Avoid putting too much pressure or concentrating on one area while exfoliating the legs because the scrub particles can scratch and hurt your skin.
- Rinse legs thoroughly. Washing the legs after exfoliation is important because you do not want to leave any residue of the scrub that may cause reactions or itchiness. It is advisable to take a complete body shower after leg exfoliation to make sure the exfoliating scrub is rinsed out entirely. For removing thick exfoliating scrubs, it is wise to use a loofah, nylon mesh or sisal as your bare hands may not be enough to remove the scrub residue. Rinse legs using cold water to close the pores of the skin.
- Pat legs dry using a towel. Use a soft towel and gently pat the legs once done with rinsing the exfoliating scrub. Do not rub the towel to your legs as the pressure when rubbing may cause irritation as the skin on the legs is still sensitive after exfoliating.
- Moisturize. Since exfoliation has a tendency to dry out skin because the scrub just removed dead skin cells, it is important to moisturize after exfoliating the legs. Slather on your favorite lotion all over your legs to help your skin produce new and healthy skin cells.
Following the steps above will ensure that your leg exfoliation session will be relaxing and rewarding. Your legs will feel smoother and silkier because you have scrubbed away the dead skin cells and new skin cells will develop. Ideal exfoliation for the legs would be once or twice a week and don’t forget to nourish the legs after exfoliation. Exfoliating the legs will surely make you feel good about yourself because it does not only improve your skin, it also helps you relax and blood cells circulate better.