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What does exfoliating do?

When you exfoliate, dead skin cells are scrubbed away from your skin's surface by a chemical, granular material, or other exfoliating instrument. Every 30 days or so, your skin will naturally shed dead cells to create a place for fresh, new cells however, the entire process of shedding dead cells doesn't always occur. This can result in dry, flaky patches, blocked pores and other skin irritations. An exfoliating routine will help in avoiding this. If you’re unsure whether it could benefit you, see our blog on [How do you know if your skin needs exfoliation]

What is exfoliating soap for?

Uses and advantages of exfoliating soap include:

  • Helps thoroughly remove dry skin
  • Helps get rid of built-up dirt and oil
  • Gives room for a more uniform skin tone
  • Unclogs hair follicles and opens pores
  • Improves the skin's ability to absorb moisturizer
  • Assists in buffing the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Encourages detoxification by increasing blood flow and circulation
  • And, finally, helps reduce obvious indications of aging.

Can I use exfoliating soap daily?

Using exfoliating soap daily can be beneficial for your skin, but it's important to choose a product that is suited to your skin type and formulated for daily use. Our exfoliating soap is designed to be used daily without causing irritation or dryness. In fact, using it daily can help to improve the overall texture and appearance of your skin by removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores.

However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to start exfoliating dry skin twice or thrice weekly and increasing it depending on how well it is tolerated. Exfoliating your face once or twice a week is recommended by most dermatologists for the most sensitive skin types. To learn more check out our blog on How Often Should I Exfoliate.

Does exfoliating the body lighten skin?

Exfoliating soaps aren’t something people often use for this purpose, but there is evidence and reason to believe that they can be effective.

When you perform body exfoliation, dead skin cells and superficial blemishes are removed, which can help lighten your skin tone. Regular use of exfoliating soap can eventually lead to a complete resolution of hyperpigmentation, scarring, and other skin discolorations.

If you've got a tan, exfoliating might help you get rid of it, too. Sun exposure causes melanocytes (tiny cells just below the skin's surface) to release melanin, the skin pigment that makes a tan apparent.

Eventually, your body will rid itself of these tanned skin cells as they are replaced by cells of your regular skin tone. However, you may hasten this process by exfoliating away the dead skin in order to reveal your original skin tone more quickly.

What is the best thing to exfoliate your body with?

OffCourt’s lab-formulated exfoliating bar soap has been created specifically with protecting your skin in mind. The formula contains white pumice and salt particles to help gently exfoliate and unclog pores, removing dead skin to allow smoother, new skin to the surface. 

Our body bar soap comes in three unique, fresh fragrances, and is effective, yet gentle enough for regular use. This exfoliating moisturizing soap is sure to become your shower staple. Still curious? Check out our complete Guide to Exfoliating Soaps.