Why exfoliating skin is important
How to exfoliate with exfoliating scrubs
Exfoliating scrubs are especially great in spring. This is when we want to give our skin a fresh start and remove the grey fog of those cold winter days. Before going on holiday, a gentle scrub can help ensure an even tan, because our thighs, knees and elbows need an extra boost.
Use NIVEA's Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub take the 'how to exfoliate' process in steps:
- Focus on the areas of skin you want to exfoliate - drier flakier areas may need more attention than others.
- Apply the exfoliating scrub in gentle, circular motions for up to a minute. Don't be too hard on your skin, especially sensitive skin.
- Rinse away with warm water
- Apply moisturiser every time you're done exfoliating your skin as exfoliating can dry out your skin more than just normal facial cleansing.
Important: Don’t overdo it! Every time you exfoliate, a regeneration process is set in motion, and this can cause stress for the skin. Be gentle and learn what your skin needs and wants.
Facial scrub: skin care in three steps
finding the right scrub for your skin
Natural scrubs with fruit pips or sea sand
Now you know how to exfoliate you'll need to know about products to actually exfoliate your skin. Mechanical peeling uses abrasive materials such as sand or ground apricots microbeads to gently remove the top callused layer of skin. That grey layer will disappear and the skin will once again look rosy and healthy. If you have sensitive skin, use extra gentle scrubs with very fine and rounded abrasives. For oily skin that is more prone to blemishes, a product with an antibacterial effect is more suitable.
How to apply facial scrub
- Use your fingers to apply the facial scrub to your forehead, nose and chin.
- Work your way from the centre of your forehead to your temples.
- Rub gently from the bridge of your nose towards the tip.
- Make more intensive circular movements in the area around the edges of your nose and very gentle movements on your cheeks.
- Work along your jawbone to your chin.
- Finally, move down your neck from your chin.
- Always make sure to avoid the eye and mouth areas.
The best time of day to exfoliate
Fruit acid peels – aid for blemished skin
Attention! Never perform a fruit acid peel yourself. It’s better to have a treatment in a beauty salon. And make sure you only ever have a fruit acid peel during the winter months, as it makes your skin much more sensitive to sunlight.
Gentle exfoliation with enzymes
Applying an enzyme peel is somewhat more complex: to ensure the enzymes can work properly, repeatedly lay a warm compress over the peel. Don’t use enzyme peels any more than once a month, as your skin needs enough time to regenerate after a treatment like this.
Beware of the sun!
Treat your skin to regular exfoliation
Exfoliating the body
Show off your skin!
Be careful of your neck and upper chest area! The skin here is particularly sensitive and, like your face, needs extra gentle and fine-grained exfoliation. It’s best to simply include your neck and upper chest area in your facial exfoliation.
Exfoliating ritual for your feet
How to Make your own exfoliating scrubs easily
Suitable for every skin type
Effective exfoliation recipes from the kitchen
- Yoghurt, honey and sugar scrub for blemished skin: the honey has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Coffee scrub for all skin types: the caffeine is stimulating and promotes circulation to the skin.
- Oil and sugar scrub for dry and normal skin: olive oil and grape seed oil provide the skin with oil and moisture, particularly in winter.
- Yoghurt scrub for all skin types: the cool yoghurt has a particularly refreshing effect. Depending on your skin type, mix it with sugar, sea salt or poppy seeds.