Ways to Exfoliate Dead Skin

The accumulation of dead skin makes the skin look dull and facilitates the formation of calluses on the hands, feet, or elbows. Not only that, it can also lead to hair problems 
Ways to Exfoliate Dead Skin

Last update: 04 May, 2022

Dead skin doesn’t come off on its own and we must exfoliate it so that it doesn’t gradually accumulate. You probably already know how much unhealthy skin alters a person’s appearance. Thus, it’s important to periodically remove these unwanted layers.

Furthermore, accumulated dead skin generates a thickened appearance and a lack of brightness and vitality in the complexion. It also makes imperfections and wrinkles more noticeable. In fact, problems such as acne or ingrown hairs become difficult to treat under these conditions.

The best way to remove this layer is by deep cleansing on a regular basis. There are all kinds of commercial products and specialized aesthetic procedures as well as home remedies. Any of these can help you get rid of impurities and reveal your healthier-looking skin.

Dead skin

The skin cells are constantly renewing, especially those just below the epidermis, which is the most superficial layer of this organ. This renewal process takes about 30 days.

Not all dead skin succumbs to daily cleansing though. You must do a deep cleansing as dead skin cells will accumulate otherwise and clog pores or create calluses. You may not be aware of it but also accelerates hair loss.

A deep cleansing or exfoliation loosens the remains of dead skin and the living cells resurface. It renews the appearance of the skin and prevents further dermatological problems.

A woman keeping her cheeks from falling.
Proper skin care involves removing dead skin cells so they won’t accumulate.

Facial exfoliation

There are several ways to exfoliate your face. The most important thing to take into account is the type of skin. Consult a dermatologist if you don’t know it, especially if you currently have a skin problem.

In general terms, you can choose one of the following methods to remove dead skin from the face:

  • A facial cleansing brush is a device for home use and you can find it in specialized stores. It’s perfect for deep cleansing and it’s also suitable for all skin types.
  • Some chemical exfoliants are quite effective for deep cleansing the skin. Likewise, some tonics also fulfill the same function. These commercial products are usually safe for most skin types.
  • There’s a large repertoire of natural masks to exfoliate facial skin. Some of them contain ingredients like carrots, coconut, oatmeal, yogurt, almonds, coffee, brown sugar, green tea, manuka honey, and even activated charcoal.

Remove dead skin from the body and scalp

Some people make the mistake of believing they should only exfoliate facial skin. In fact, all skin undergoes the same renewal process every month and so the entire body requires a regular deep cleansing.

You probably already noticed that the skin on your body is usually more resistant than that of your face. This is why it’s best to exfoliate dead skin with a mask that has a sandy texture such as sugar, salt, baking soda, or coffee. You can also add lemon, olive oil, water, and almond oil. It works best when applied to the wet skin with an exfoliation glove.

Furthermore, make a mask with aloe vera crystals mixed with sugar. Just mix it into a soft paste and massage it in a circular motion all over the head before shampooing.

A person undergoing a facial treatment.
The use of masks seldom leads to side effects as long as you take some basic precautions.

Foot exfoliation

Feet are one of the areas of the body that most accumulate dead skin and thus, require special treatment. Calluses are a sign of the accumulation of a large amount of it.

Pumice stone remains the most effective remedy in these cases. Just soak the feet in warm water for 10 minutes and scrub them with it. For better results, add Epsom salt to the water and soak the feet for about 20 minutes.

You can also use Epsom salt with olive oil to nourish your skin. Just apply a paste made with oatmeal and rose water and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.

You can exfoliate dead skin within a busy schedule

You’ll always have a little bit of time to do some exfoliation if you plan your routine in advance. It’ll help the natural process of skin cell renewal and not only will your complexion look brighter but your skin’s microbiome will be more lively.

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