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Guide To Exfoliating Soaps: How They Work and How They Benefit You

Guide To Exfoliating Soaps: How They Work and How They Benefit You

Exfoliation is a well-known hack to glowing skin and is a widely accepted skincare solution for most skin types. We've broken down how exfoliating works and the benefits you can expect from a regular exfoliating routine.

What is exfoliation, and how do you do it?

Exfoliation is the process of carefully removing the buildup of dead skin cells, residual dirt, and excess oil from your skin's surface. Approximately once every 30 days, your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to create space for fresh cells. However, sometimes, the dead cells do not shed entirely. This can cause the appearance of dry, flaky spots on the skin as well as blocked pores, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, and skin inflammations like acne. Regularly practicing body exfoliation helps avoid this. Exfoliation can be achieved by scrubbing with either physical or chemical exfoliants.

What is the purpose of exfoliating soap?

Other than dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and cosmetics are just a few of the things that can accumulate on our skin and lead to clogged pores. Pollutants can accumulate on our skin from simply going about our daily activities. Scrubbing with one of our natural exfoliating soaps can help get rid of excess sebum (oil from sebaceous glands), exfoliate dry skin, treat acne scars and unclog pores. 

Exfoliating facial soaps help to remove dead skin cells and wash away built up dirt, oil, pollutants, cosmetics, and anything else that may have accumulated on your skin. There are a variety of exfoliators on the market, including soaps, lotions, sprays, and more. However, regular exfoliation with an exfoliating bar soap is a proven method that has been around for ages.

How often should you exfoliate?

Dead skin cells can accumulate quite rapidly due to the body's daily loss of around 500 million skin cells. If you're just starting, exfoliating once a week is a workable schedule to go with as you get accustomed to your new routine. However, it is advisable to exfoliate twice or thrice weekly, as recommended by several experts. For a deep dive on how often to exfoliate, see our other post here.

Do exfoliating soaps work?

Unlike conventional soaps which are best when used with a wash cloth or loofah, exfoliating body soap is formulated to apply directly to the skin. When you exfoliate regularly, dead skin cells are removed, and your skin looks and feels fresh. They also help your skin absorb cosmetics and skin treatment creams to help brighten your skin and improve its texture. When it comes to fine wrinkles and acne outbreaks, specially formulated soap's exfoliating effects are unparalleled; all you need is a little patience with your newfound skincare routine. Using exfoliating body products regularly can greatly increase the softness and smoothness of your skin allowing it to function at its best because of their high moisture content. When you use an exfoliating moisturizing soap, it unblocks your skin’s surface, freeing it to take in more moisture and fully recover.

Which soap is good for exfoliating?

When choosing an exfoliating soap, you want to pick a product that helps you achieve your skincare goals. Your best pick for smooth, soft skin is OffCourt's Exfoliating Body Soap Trio Pack. The Fresh Citron + Driftwood, Fig Leaves + White Musk, and Coconut Water + Sandalwood formulas all provide a rich-lathering, medium-grit texture that exfoliates, nourishes, and hydrates your skin. The perfect shower addition that has you feeling smooth and smelling great all day!