We spend so much time curating a perfect skincare routine for our faces - from the best exfoliants, cleansers, and moisturizers. And while this is amazing and important, so is taking care of the rest of the skin on our body! In fact, our skin is our largest organ, so we should definitely be putting more emphasis on giving it some love. Here's how.
Throughout the day, we encounter so many things that we may not even realize how much they can affect our skin. An overtime, dead skin cells build up. Luckily body scrubs and exfoliants are here to get rid of all that gunk to reveal a fresh and smooth layer of skin. While both of these products work wonders, there is a difference between them. Dermatologist Dr. Shereene Idriss explained, “Some exfoliants even work to clear out congested pores, allowing your products to penetrate deeper into the skin. The best part? They work better with other products such as moisturizers to keep your skin baby-smooth and hydrated.”
And on the other hand, scrubs are physical exfoliants. Idriss said, "they usually have small to large abrasive particles, like sugar or salt, that you use before you wash your body." Exfoliants are chemical exfoliants containing acids like AHA, BHA, and PHA. "They work to shed dead skin cells on the superficial layers of your skin by breaking the bonds holding these cells together," the dermatologist added.
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The best way to achieve smooth skin is by adding this step into your shower routine. Before cleansing your skin, grab the scrub or exfoliant and let it work its magic! And once you hop out, grab your favorite body moisturizer to lock in that moisture. But before you go crazy, just remember you can go overboard. “Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin, cause irritated or inflamed skin, and can even be itchy,” Idriss shared. “Not all skin is created equal, meaning not all skin will react positively to all products.” While there are numerous skincare products out there, check out some of our favs - including Kim Kardashian's and Hailey Bieber's.