Exfoliating in Winter: Pro Tips

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Exfoliating in winter may not be at the top of your to-do list but maybe it should be!

Why Exfoliate Body Skin in Winter?

Exfoliation comes from the Latin, exfoliatus (to strip of leaves). It’s a term used to describe the process of removing dead skin cells. We’ve written about exfoliation before, but in this post, we’re focusing on the body.

In the winter months, the cold dry air outside and indoor heating can dehydrate skin cells, leaving skin looking and feeling rough and dry. Exfoliating in winter not only helps to improve the look and feel of your skin, it can also help to minimize and eliminate ingrown hairs and clogged pores. But the most beneficial part of exfoliating in winter is removing the layer of dry skin that can act as a barrier to your moisturizer.

Bumping up to a heavier body cream during this time of the year is de rigueur, especially if you live in colder climates. Exoliating the body improves the effectiveness of those hydrating properties.

How to Exfoliate Like a Pro

Here are a few ways to get started on softer, smoother skin this winter:

  1. Use a washcloth, sponge/loofah or bristle brush. These are best used on dry skin and help to rub away excess skin flakes, leaving your skin softer and cleaner than before. Apply a bit of pressure and scrub gently over your skin in small, circular motions starting from the ankles and working your way upwards.
  2. Elevate the experience with a body polish!  Skin pampering Apothekari Bamboo & Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish works best with wet skin dampened first in the shower or bath. Or, you can use it after getting to work on dry skin. The process is the same – whisk away dry skin cells by using small circular motions, working up from your ankles. Take care or avoid sensitive areas like your torso or breasts.
  3. End with a rinse to get rid of flaky skin and wash away residual product. Follow with a treatment like Apothekari Shea Body Butter or Lemon Rose Body Oil to seal in moisture and help keep skin hydrated.

Don’t Forget These Areas!

If you’re exfoliating your entire body, pay extra attention to your heels, elbows, and knees. These areas often experience the most dryness and should be given special attention. Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week and say hello to healthier skin!