We're constantly shedding our skin. In fact, we get rid of around 40,000 dead skin cells every minute [source: National Geographic]. And just as fast as we get rid of those skin cells, our body produces new ones to take their place. In short, our skin is constantly regenerating itself. This process helps us stay healthy and constantly gives us a chance to improve our skin texture.
Exfoliating helps speed up this process of shedding dead skin cells and there are three different ways to do it. The first and most common, is called manual exfoliation. You'll need an exfoliating scrub for this method, which you can pick one up at almost any drug or beauty store. Exfoliating scrubs are soaps with small particles in it that feel like granules of sand. By gently washing your skin with an exfoliating scrub, you remove dead skin cells and reveal healthy new ones [source: 911 Skin].
While manual exfoliation is quite effective, it may not be the best type of exfoliation for everyone. Some people have more sensitive skin than others and manual exfoliation can leave them sore and red. If you fall into this category, you might try enzyme exfoliation or chemical exfoliation instead. These types of exfoliation don't require scrubbing. They rely on chemical reactions to dissolve dead skin cells [source: 911 Skin]. This type of exfoliation is often used with people who suffer bad acne. For some, the process is just as effective as manual exfoliation. The key is to determine which method works best for you and figuring that out may require some trial and error.
It's easy to see how removing dead and unwanted skin cells from your body can help smooth out your skin texture. Keep reading to find out how moisturizing can also play a roll.