Guide to exfoliating your skin: Why you need to start and how to do it at home!


Ladies, let’s talk about skincare and the health of your skin. One question for you, do you exfoliate your skin? Do you know why you need to start exfoliating your skin? 

Maybe you do exfoliate but don’t really know why you should! Well, we want to dive in and give you all the information you need to understand why you should really start to exfoliate your skin! 

Exfoliating the skin 

So here is how it works. On the surface of your skin, there are cells called keratinocytes. These cells rise from the basal layer where your skin cells are constantly dividing to make new ones.

FUN FACT – Did you know that we shed about 1 million skin cells in a 24-hour period, I know right?! 

Anyway, the keratinocytes are fibrous protein, which is around 15-20 layers of dead cells (the stratum corneum) is at the surface of our skin. Do not stress about this, they break away and fall off, which allows for new cells to push through from beneath the skin surface. This is all-natural and the life cycle of our skin. 

For our skin to absorb nutrients properly, the top layer of the dead skin cells need to be removed properly. These skin cells are binded by a glue-like protein that can hold the skin cells together! To allow the dead skin cells to be washed away (and have you feeling fresh and renewed) fruit enzymes with Vitamin C and AHAs needs to be applied to the skin. 

This newly exposed skin can now be more sensitive to sunlight, so that is why we recommend applying beautiful products to your face (like our Bright and Go Facial) at night. Once applied at night, it allows the body to heal and restore!  

Once you have your skin prepped and primed to absorb nutrient-rich anti-ageing properties, it is recommended you add natural skincare to your face!! 

What do we recommend?

Our Bright and Go Instant Bright Skin Sample kit! Enjoy all the benefits of our Bright & Go Treatment in the comfort of your home! We have created a sample size of our skincare for you to fall in love with. Enjoy bright skin instantly with our Vitamin Crystals, Pink Clay Mask and our skincare products. Our pot size Vitamin Crystals and Botanical Pink Clay Mask easily last up to four applications.


Exfoliating for mature ageing skin

Alright, so exfoliating is great for ALL skin, but especially mature skin. 

Why do you ask? 

Well, as mentioned by Prime Women “our skin sheds cells like mad, but sadly, they don’t just dissipate into the ether. Instead, they cling to healthy skin, dulling our complexion, clogging our pores, and highlighting lines and wrinkles. The best defence? Exfoliation.”

When you regularly exfoliate it helps prevent dull skin, pigmenting and clogged pores! As we age it is an important process to add to your skincare regimen as it helps to combat dry skin and helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! 

Tips of how to start exfoliating your skin 

Exfoliating at home is different exfoliation in salon clinics;

Option 1:

At home, you can do manually with a body brush or loofah hand gloves, or grounded materials such as Oats or oatmeal, Ground rice/rice powder, Ground almond/almond meal, Bamboo powder, Fruit seeds, e.g strawberry, raspberry, Or a sugar body scrub.

For everyday body exfoliation, you can use a pair of loofah gloves, just the ones you get from the chemist or supermarket.

You may also use wet gloves with a good amount of natural body soap and massage well all over your body, then thoroughly rinse off. 

Option 2:

Combining mechanical with deep exfoliating chemicals.  Choose cleansers that contain natural acids suck as lactic acid found in milk and AHAs and Vitamin C found in fruit enzymes such as pineapple, papaya, apple, kiwi, etc.

 Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Examples of AHAs include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. These work by breaking apart bonds holding dull and dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. This will cause your skin to naturally shed dead skin from the top layer.

Beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Examples of BHAs include beta hydroxyl and salicylic acid.

Option 3:

For a cheaper and more natural option, go to the beach for a swim and while your there, use sand to exfoliate your skin, concentrating on areas such as your feet. Ocean sea salt and minerals are great for your skin. 

Option 4:

Soak in a bath with a good bath soak or bath bomb. You can achieve soft dewy skin on your body as well as really exfoliating your skin by using bath soaks or bath bombs. Bath soaks and bath bombs soften the skin with ingredients such as Empson salt, baking soda or chamomile and honey or milk lactic acids. When your body is wet and soft already, you can use your loofah glove to massage all that dead skin from your body. 

Tools for exfoliating 

When exfoliating your skin, there are a few tools you can use at home. 

These include: 

  • Exfoliating brush: a bristle-like brush which can be used on your face or body. It helps to remove layers of dead skin. Some are used for dry brushing, others you can use facial cleansers and body wash 
  • An Exfoliating sponge: these can be a little more gentle on the skin and can be lathered with warm water and soap or body wash
  • The Exfoliating glove: these are great if you find the sponge or brush hard to grip, you may want to use a glove! 
  • Exfoliating scrub: applied with your hands and can be applied directly to your skin using circular motions

But of course, different skin types need different amounts of exfoliation! 

Exfoliating for skin types 

Of course, exfoliating your skin looks different depending on your skin type. So, let’s have a look at the different ones! 

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you want to avoid scrubbing, this can irritate the skin! Use a mild chemical exfoliator and a gentle washcloth. 

Dry Skin 

For dry skin, exfoliating is very important! To help with this, use glycolic acid, which will help remove the dead cells and will encourage healthy skin! You also want to use SPF and a moisturiser so you can protect the skin from the sun! 

Oily Skin 

If you have oily skin, you can really benefit from exfoliation yourself and brushing your skin. Be gentle but you can use a brush or sponge along with a scrub for great benefits. 

Combination Skin 

You can use a mixture of exfoliation methods. Never use both on the same day and moisturise after! 

Normal Skin 

If you find you have no complications with your skin, you can choose which method you use to exfoliate. You might want to experiment and see what works! 


Final thoughts 

Exfoliating your skin is the rebirth and rejuvenation of your skin! You know the saying “out with the old, in with the new!!” This is EXACTLY what it is like to exfoliate your skin! 

Often, we find ourselves forgetting or not really understanding the true benefits of making this a regular practice in our skin routine – or maybe we don’t know how to!! 

So ladies, make sure you add this into your routine from now on! Of course, check out our product range on how Somaly Skin can help you! 

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