Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from your face and body and the key to smooth, glowing, healthy-looking skin.
In this article, I'll give you some simple tips on how to exfoliate your legs and share my favorite body scrub products.
Physical / manual exfoliation
Physical exfoliation is the mechanical removal of dead skin cells. This can be hard or soft, depending on the scouring tools or particles you use as well as how hard you press.
Some tools and particles used for physical exfoliation are brushes, sponges, loofah, nut kernels, grainy paste, ground coffee beans, sugar and salt granules, and even konjac sponges.
Physical exfoliation is not the recommended option for facial skin as this area is more delicate and can be easily damaged, however, it is a great option for the body as it helps reveal the ingrown hairs under the surface layer of dead skin cells so that they can be removed later.
The skin of the body is also thicker, harder and more resilient.
Here are my favorite physical exfoliation tools for the legs:
Body brushes are great for removing dead skin cells and are best used on dry skin before going in the shower.
Brush the leg from groin to ankle in circular motions and apply enough pressure that you can feel it, but not so much that it hurts, itches, and leaves your skin red.
Also note that Personally, I am against the use of brushes on the face because I find them too abrasive, so stick to using my recommendation only on the body.
Here are my choices:
Sponges / loofah
These are amazing for use in the shower and I find them especially useful for cleaning out the layers of dead skin cells in the groin area.
Most people who shave know that the groin area is a hot spot for ingrown hairs and by removing a few layers of dead skin cells you will help the hairs come out from underneath so that you can remove them by. the following.
Also be careful when using them as they can be quite hard if you put too much pressure.
Use them only against the direction of hair growth instead of rubbing vigorously back and forth.
Here are the sponges I like:
Scrubs have been endlessly demonized by all the skincare enthusiasts on the internet, however, the truth is that they are actually quite good for the back, arms, groin, legs and soles of the feet. .
They work best on damp skin, however, avoid using them on your back or buttocks if you have active acne because they can burst them and cause bacteria to spread.
I particularly like the St. Ives apricot scrub for my legs because this product is originally intended for the face (as crazy as it sounds) so it is actually softer than traditional body scrubs which contain harder granules.
Chemical exfoliation involves applying a product containing hydroxy acids or enzymes to help dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and encourage them to shed naturally.
This is a gentler, suitable and preferred form of exfoliation for facial use, but it can also be used on the legs as it helps to lighten dark spots caused by pimples, ingrown hairs, etc.
Chemical exfoliation can also contribute to smoother, shinier legs with less risk of irritation due to the resilience of the skin in this area.
Here are some chemical exfoliators that I use on my legs:
If you've been to my blog before, you may know that I recommend against using cleansers that contain exfoliating acids on the face.
This is because exfoliating acids work much better in leave-in products and can potentially cause irritation to delicate facial skin.
however, I like to pair an exfoliating wash with a loofah or a sponge for extra exfoliation on my legs. Here are the washes I use:
I love CeraVe as a brand, but it's not a cleanser I would use on my face. I already have my trusted leave-in exfoliators that I use to prevent breakouts, so a salicylic acid cleanser will be too much for my skin.
Keep this in mind if you want to try it out for yourself.
On the other hand, this is a great body wash and works great with a loofah for a more thorough exfoliation.
CeraVe also has a salicylic acid body wash from the same range, which I haven't tried yet, but I'll leave a link for you so you can check it out if you want.
I originally bought it for facial use as I was testing my theory that exfoliating cleansers don't really work for the skin, but they ended up using it on my legs and body and I have it. liked it a lot.
It contains alpha, beta, and polyhydroxy acids which help exfoliate and smooth the skin.
I won't be buying it anymore just because I currently use too many products, but I put it on this list because it is not a bad product at all and it adds variety.
Moisturizers / exfoliating treatments
On nights when I exfoliate my legs, I like to be thorough and follow up with a moisturizer or body treatment after using a chemical or physical exfoliant in the shower.
Here are a few products I revolve around:
This is a good product that I use occasionally on my body against acne that includes my chest, back, arms, butt, and legs.
This is the moisturizer that I use to follow the exfoliation of my legs after using the SA cleanser mentioned above. They combine well and are not too dry on the skin.
The cream is thick and contains skin regenerating ceramides and urea which help hydrate the skin while thinning the layer of dead skin cells.
I'm not a fan of using exfoliating pads on the face as I find them a bit harsh on my sensitive skin, however, I sometimes like using them on my legs, especially the glycolic pads.
Glycolic acid hydrates the skin and leaves it incredibly soft and glowing. Plus, it helps remove dark spots and discoloration while bringing out a more even skin tone.
I also like to use glycolic acid pads under my arms as it helps lighten the area and minimize body odor.
Here are two affordable packages that I like:
How often should you exfoliate your legs?
Exfoliating your legs two to three times a week is more than enough to make the skin smooth and glowing.
Should you exfoliate your legs before or after shaving?
Always exfoliate your legs before shaving, as this will help soften the skin and cause less irritation while shaving.
How to exfoliate your legs with ingrown hairs?
Physical exfoliation is a better alternative for ingrown hairs and there are many tools you can use to do this.
When exfoliating legs with ingrown hairs, be sure to exfoliate against the hair growth instead of back and forth.
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take good care of their skin, and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on the skin care products I have tried. You can find out more about me here.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tonalités of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alfa hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin spécialiste we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight contagion and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.