Skin exfoliation is the partial removal of the upper layer of dead skin cells on the dermis. This can be done in a variety of ways and is particularly beneficial for people who suffer with ingrown hairs after hair removal. This is because a layer of dead skin cells can interfere with the newly emerging hair by clogging the hair follicle and causing it to ingrow. Additionally regular exfoliation brings any pre existing ingrown hairs to the surface and allows them to pop out.
Types of exfoliation are divided into two main areas, chemical and physical. listed bellow are some of the most popular.
The traditional Loofah is probably one of the most recognizable methods of exfoliation. This is used when showering or bathing and used in conjunction with soap and water.
A rough stone that when rubbed against skin remove dead or compacted skin. More often used on calluses and hard skin on the feet.
A relatively new form of exfoliator. Used in the shower or bath simply put the glove on and shower as normal. Effective for all over exfoliation on a regular basis
Sugar and oil.
Often used in expensive jars of exfoliating products together with fragrance and moisturizers, sugar and oil is another traditional and easily made at home exfoliant. The sugar does not dissolve or go too sticky when suspended in oil. It does however exfoliate skin when rubbed into the skin prior to bathing or showering. Using a light oil is obviously preferable or alternatively one which you would use to moisturize your skin.
Exfoliating creams are usually made from a moisturizing cream which has finely ground nut shells particles incorporated. The nut shells are the thing that does the exfoliating and works in a similar way to the sugar and oil. Used before showering.