Think about all of the time you spend washing, smoothing, moisturizing, and treating your face. Now, think about what (if anything) you do for your body — chances are your routine starts and ends with a washing up in the shower, hopefully sunscreen when you plan on being in the sun, and maybe lotion every now and then.
Perhaps because you cover it up each day you don’t tend to give it the same amount of thought. But, trust us when we say that ignoring the skin below your neck is a one-way ticket to hyperpigmentation, dead skin build-up, dryness, and even wrinkles — just as your face is prone to those issues, so too is your body.
So, what can you do to help? Our first suggestion is to immediately start using an exfoliating body scrub. Combined with regular cleansing, hydrating, and protection, exfoliating your body can result in softer and smoother skin that glows with healthy radiance.
Want to know more? Of course you do. Keep reading to learn why your body needs an exfoliator and how Kiehl’s body scrubs are different than the harsh or oily ones that you’ve probably tried in the past.
The Biology Of Your Body
Skin thickness varies on your body, but in general it is usually thicker than that on your face (with the exception of your chest, which is very delicate and thin). While that makes your body skin a little more resilient, that also means it doesn’t get the same kind of natural hydration as your face — your body typically has fewer sebaceous glands (which are responsible for producing the oil that keeps your skin’s moisture barrier balanced). The skin on your body also tends to shed dead cells less frequently, about every two weeks versus one week for the face.
The Problem With Dead Skin
This build-up of dead skin and reduction of natural moisture means skin not only stays dry, it also looks dull and can be flaky. It also makes it harder for products to absorb, as they have to fight through that dead skin first. Just like on your face, this can also lead to pimples and even ingrown hairs.
Keep Skin Smooth
One of the easiest ways to speed up surface cell turnover and remove the build-up is to use a body exfoliator two to three times a week. These physical scrubs slough away the dead cells on skin’s surface as you massage the product in, revealing smoother, softer skin below.
The Right Stuff
So, now that you know why you need it, it’s time to determine which exfoliator is right for you. It all comes down to preference. The Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub is a good option for most skin types. It sloughs away dead cells on skin’s surface with a blend of crushed Apricot Seeds and Perlite, which are derived from volcanic rock. It’s also formulated with soothing Aloe and Chamomile, . It comes in three scents: Grapefruit, Coriander, and Lavender.
If you find your skin is feeling extra-dry (or you just want something a bit more luxurious) the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish is the scrub for you. Ground Luffa Fruit is suspended in a creamy base made up of Sweet Almond Oil and Shea and Jojoba Butters that conditions and softens skin as dead surface cells are sloughed away from skin’s surface. Pure Honey and Soy Milk nurtures the skin, leaving it velvety smooth, supple, and ready for a rich moisturizer like our cult-classic Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter.
For men looking for a quick and efficient scrub, the Ultimate Man Body Scrub Bar is a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator with conditioning Oat Bran and naturally exfoliating Pumice and Oat Kernel Meal. Lather up to address any roughness and uncover soft skin.
Regardless of which scrub you choose, remember to take it easy — while your body skin is tougher, that doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged by over-enthusiastic scrubbing. If skin is red and raw post exfoliation, it means you’re being too rough. And never, ever use a body scrub on your face, chest, or neck — the skin is much too thin and can’t handle the same level of exfoliation as the rest of the body. Finally, exfoliators prime the skin for added moisture, so always have a lotion on hand for your post-shower care.