How To Get Rid Of Dead Skin
If your skin has a dull, lack-luster appearance, you need to learn how to get rid of dead skin. Your body naturally sheds dead skin cells over time, but some of the cells can build up on the skin’s surface. Restoring your skin’s appearance requires manual or chemical removal of the dead skin.
Chemical removal can be harsh. Not only will chemicals remove dead skin, they can damage healthy skin, too. Manual removal is a better way to restore the skin on your face or body. A good facial scrub or body scrub will accomplish this safely through exfoliation.
Exfoliation involves scrubbing away the dead skin to expose the younger, “fresher” skin. In fact, it’s the secret to healthy skin. But you must use the right products and methods. Sharp-edged granules can cause small cuts that allow bacteria to infect the skin. Gentle granules are less likely to harm your skin. Here are some products and methods to try at home:
- Commercial cleansers. The skin on a man’s face is different from that on a woman’s face. Guys have whiskers, larger pores, and denser blood vessels. Their skin produces more sweat, too. Commercial cleansers, specially formulated for men, help clean away the dirt, grime, and dead skin.
- Natural cleansers. Commercial cleansers are relatively cheap to purchase and easy to find at your supermarket or drugstore. But natural cleansers are just as effective. Try mixing sea salt with lemon juice for a clean, natural scrub. To get rid of dry skin cells on your face, make a face mask by combining mayonnaise, lemon juice, and honey.
- Exfoliating gloves. Exfoliating gloves are more suitable for women than for men, but they work. Use them in the shower or over the sink to lightly scrub your face and body with cleanser. They’re also good for massaging the skin, opening pores, and improving circulation. Or wash your body the way most men do, with soapy hands or a washcloth.
- Exfoliating sponge. Like exfoliating gloves, sponges can help you get rid of dry skin buildup. And they lather up better than a glove. If you want to use something more abrasive than your bare hands or a washcloth, try a loofah. A loofah is a natural sponge made from the dry, fibrous part of a loofah plant. A loofah with a long handle is great for vigorously scrubbing the back.
- Pumice soap and stones. Pumice soap is a bar soap made with granules of volcanic ash. It takes a while for this mild abrasive to lather up, but pumice soap scrubs really hard and works great for exfoliation. To get rid of the dry, dead skin and calluses on your hands and feet, use a pumice stone.
- Toothbrush. Are your lips dry, scratchy, and flaky? For the smooth, clean lips that your lady loves to kiss, try lip exfoliation. Use a soft toothbrush to gently rub your lips and remove the dry skin. Follow up with a shine-free lip balm to seal in moisture.