Top 5 Exfoliants for the Body



Oatmeal is known for its gentle, skin-healthy effects -- you may have taken oatmeal baths when you had chicken pox as a kid. But oatmeal's benefits go beyond soothing; it can also help you achieve younger-looking, more beautiful skin.

Ground-up oatmeal can be a great exfoliant -- it's harsh enough to produce some friction, but soft enough to safely exfoliate any skin type, even dry, acne-prone or sensitive. It doesn't have any jagged edges (like you'll find in ground fruit pits or sea salt) to tear or irritate skin, and you can use it from head to toe.

It also comes with a couple of added bonuses: vitamins B and E, both essential for healthy skin.

To exfoliate with oatmeal, grind it up finely in a food processor. Place it in a container and add enough warm water to form a paste. Apply to skin, massage and rinse. Follow with a moisturizer while the skin is still damp and extra open to absorption.

For more information on skin exfoliants and related topics, look over the links below.

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  • Exfoliants. Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery.
  • Exfoliation. DERMAdoctor.
  • Understanding Exfoliants. Paula's Choice.
  • Your Total Health. "Skin Basics." NBC and iVillage.


5 Face Exfoliation Tips

5 Face Exfoliation Tips

When it comes to exfoliating your face, you need to proceed with caution. The skin on your face is sensitive! Try these tips for exfoliating your face