There are a number of reasons why you need to exfoliate your skin. But if you think that you only need to exfoliate your face, think again. It is actually recommended that you exfoliate from head to toe to shed dead skin cells. Read on to find out why you need to exfoliate the rest of your body.
Dead skin cells build up on the hands, causing them to look dry and dull. Even the nail beds need to be attended to since they’re inclined to become ragged and develop tears and hangnails.
The skin on your feet is thick and it can be hard to keep hydrated. If you opt not to wear socks regularly, your feet may be drier than normal and cracked, especially along the heels. In order to lock in moisture, it’s essential to remove the dead, white skin.
“The scalp is constantly shedding dead skin. When you add chemicals from hair styling products into the mix, the scalp is in need of exfoliation,” says Mt. Pleasant, SC, dermatologist Marguerite Germain, MD. Styling products lead to buildup, which makes the hair look dull, limp and hard to style. Exfoliating the scalp removes debris, unplugs logged follicles, and gets rid of excess sebum and dead skin to increase circulation and hair growth.
Although the back is hard to reach, it’s important to exfoliate it on a regular basis, especially to keep back acne at bay. “Just like the chest, the back can get clogged with oil and dead skin, leading to pimples,” says Kirkland, WA, dermatologist Julie Voss, MD.
Dead skin tends to accumulate on the lips, leading to dryness and chapping. When the lips aren’t smooth or free of dead skin, they can look dried out and your lipsticks and glosses may appear flaky.
The skin on the chest is home to hundreds of pores, which produce as much oil as the face and back. “If the chest isn’t exfoliated about once a week, a residue-like buildup can surface, causing the skin to look dull,” says Dr. Voss. “Plus, breakouts can emerge because of the trapped dead skin and oil in the pores.”
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