Our outermost layer of skin naturally replenishes itself, but sometimes, skin can still appear dull and flaky or feel dry and itchy. Exfoliating your body and face helps to remove dead skin cells and dry patches from the surface of your skin.
Gentle exfoliation requires nothing more than a washcloth (or loofah) and an exfoliant that contains synthetic beads -- exfoliants like ground apricot pits can have sharp edges and damage skin, while synthetic beads are rounder and gentler. Not only will exfoliation keep skin looking healthy and smooth, it can also help boost circulation and blood flow. Take note, though. A heavy hand or too-frequent exfoliation can lead to red, irritated skin. Limit the scrubbing to once or twice a week for best results, and follow with a moisturizer while skin is still damp.