Exfoliate. Throughout our lives we have all heard how important it is. Whether from your mom when first learning to shave or from your sugarist at your first appointment, you have likely heard this advice multiple times. However, you may not yet know why it is so essential, and what the best ways to exfoliate are.
What Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is any act that removes the outermost layer of loose, dead, non-functional skin cells. There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. After sugaring, we typically recommend mechanical exfoliation. Therefore, we will not be discussing chemical exfoliation.
Mechanical exfoliation is done by physically scrubbing away loose skin cells. There are a variety of ways to do so, and we will go over these later in this post.
Why is Exfoliation Important?
For people who are sugared, exfoliation is vital because it removes the outer layer of loose, dead skin cells. When hair begins to grow back after epilation, it makes its way up the hair follicle to emerge from the skin surface. If the follicle becomes blocked by excessive dead skin cells, the hair will be unable to break free and will become ingrown. It is imperative to exfoliate at least three times a week to avoid these ingrown hairs.
How to Exfoliate
There are a variety of ways to exfoliate. From our amazing exfoliating soap bars, to exfoliating gloves, it is easy to find a method of exfoliation that works for you. Continue reading as we go through a few of the options.
SugarSMAC’s Exfoliating Soap Bars
We may be biased here, but we believe that our exfoliating soap bars are one of the best ways to exfoliate. Our hand-made soap bar is loaded with ground loofah to exfoliate away dry, loose skin cells, and to scour away anything else that might be clogging your pores. It is also infused with tea tree oil, which brings antiseptic and healing properties. Working together, these attributes make our bar ideally suited for people with coarse hair, for those who are prone to ingrowns, and for anyone who loves to exfoliate their skin to baby-like softness.
You should also know that we thoroughly researched our soap packaging. Made from eucalyptus bark, it is biodegradable, just like the soap! It is also breathable, so even though each soap bar is individually heat-sealed in its packaging for freshness, it continues to cure and harden as it waits to invigorate your skin. Are you interested in trying it out? You can pick up one of our exfoliating soap bars here in our Boutique Shop. Or, if you are a sugarist or salon owner interested in stocking this bar, make an account and visit our Professional Shop where, along with our soap, you will also find a variety of professional sugaring products.
Sugar scrubs are products formulated with sugar granules that physically remove dry, loose skin buildup. You should be able to pick up a sugaring scrub from your local sugaring salon.
Exfoliating gloves are gloves that have a rough, granular surface. This granular surface is perfect for scrubbing away any loose cells. The gloves can be used with or without an exfoliating scrub and can typically be found at your local drugstore if your sugaring salon does not carry them.
A dry brush is a brush with hard bristles that are used to exfoliate the skin. They are used dry, and therefore don’t need to be used in the shower. A dry brush has a variety of benefits, exfoliation being only one of them. You can read more about the benefits of dry-brushing at one our professional sugarist’s website at the included link.