Unless you’ve been born with some incredibly unfair perfect skin gene, you’re probably in the same boat as the rest of us when it comes to exfoliating. Between winter’s cold weather outside and hot and dry air inside, our skin is begging for some TLC. Because the where, what, when and why of skin exfoliants can be a bit overwhelming at first, we’ve put together a complete list of our favorite products for each area at every price point, as well as a guide on how to use your new go-to beauty item.
Where You Should Be Using Exfoliants: The main areas of use should be your face, lips, and body. Each area has a certain kind of exfoliant to use based on the level of scrub each kind of skin can handle. Your facial scrub will be gentler than your body scrub, because problem areas like elbows and knees need a more intense scrub than your forehead.
What Exactly To Do With An Exfoliant: After dampening the area you’re going to exfoliate, either use a loofah, wet cloth, or your hands to apply the exfoliant to your skin. Scrub the area in small circles to take off dead skin from every direction it may be laying in. Spend extra time in bigger problem areas (like your elbows) and rinse with warm water. Take off any excess exfoliant with a warm cloth and rinse clean, following with a moisturizer to lock moisture into your new, exfoliated layer of skin.
When You Should Be Using Exfoliants: Always exfoliate before applying a self-tanner on your body. Your face does not need to be exfoliated on a daily basis, but once or twice a week at night is ideal. For lips, exfoliate before you’re going to wear a bold lipstick so that attention is drawn to how great your lips look, not how dry your lips look.
Why You Should Be Exfoliating: Your makeup, self-tanner, and lipstick will go on more smoothly after you’ve exfoliated. For any time that you may be showing your skin during the winter, like at holiday parties, nothing looks better than supple legs and arms.
Now that you’re well-versed in the W’s of exfoliating, take a look at products for each area for every kind of budget in the slideshow above.