By Marci Howard-May, Spa Services Supervisor
Many of us know the importance of exfoliating our face to keep it looking young, radiant and even in tone. But, how many of us regularly exfoliate our entire body? Our skin, the body’s largest organ, performs many functions to keep us healthy. If we are not regularly exfoliating the dead skin layers that can clog the skin, those functions are impeded and dry skin can result. Also, your body products are not absorbing into anything but dead skin.
Full body exfoliation should be done at least once a week. If you are using a dry brush, loofah or exfoliating body gloves on dry skin it can be done up to daily. If you are using a salt or sugar scrub once a week should suffice. The benefits of doing a dry exfoliation include not just the dead skin removal but also stimulating the lymph to drain when the exfoliation is done from the feet up and arms down with light, short, brisk strokes. Using a salt or sugar scrub can provide a deeper exfoliation that leaves behind an oil to re-hydrate the skin, leaving it silky smooth. If you do not want to scrub or brush your skin, soak in milk (1 cup) and honey (1/2 cup) to gently exfoliate, soften and clean the skin.