Why would you need to know how to exfoliate your legs?
Simply because it’s one of the most important aspects of one’s skin routine.
It’s not only the solution to preventing or getting rid of ingrown hairs but it’s also the best way to ensure that you have an amazing healthy-looking skin all year round.
When I’m saying that,
I’m not only referring to legs but other areas as well, like the back or the face.
Facial exfoliation should also be a priority, whether you suffer from acne or not.
There are different exfoliators for each area:
- for the legs you can use scrubs, gloves or even chemical exfoliators, which can also be used on the intimate area or the underarms
- for the face use a cleansing brush or the Tend Skin Solution if you shave and want to prevent bumps
- for the back the best is a good back scrubber
Among the benefits of exfoliation there is a major one:
It helps prevent ingrown hairs.
If you are looking for ingrown hair removal methods, exfoliation in its various forms is the only answer.
There is so much more.
Even if you don’t have ingrown hairs and there’s no need for you to prevent them, exfoliation will be highly beneficial to your skin.
When you exfoliate legs, you remove dead skin cells.
Our body sheds dead skin cells by itself every day. But our own body cannot do it all by itself.
That’s where you come in.
Your help will offer a glow to your skin, it will brighten the complexion.
Exfoliation is recommended to those who have dry legs, as well.
Best Ways to Exfoliate Your Legs
There’s nothing complicated when it comes to exfoliation, whether it’s your body or your face.
You just need to find the best legs exfoliator for you, the one that you and your skin feel most comfortable with.
I’ll talk about each type just below, presenting their respective advantages.
Exfoliate your legs before hair removal, whether you shave, wax or epilate.
It will help you get smoother legs and also prevent ingrown hairs.
Don’t get lazy:
Exfoliate between hair removal sessions as well. I do it at the beginning and end of every shower.
First, on dry skin and then on wet skin after taking the shower.
After, I rinse with lukewarm water.
As a personal rule,
I wait for about 2 days because the skin is more sensitive after it’s suffered from the shock created by an epilator removing hairs from the root.
Main Types of Exfoliators for Legs
As I’ve already said above:
There are different ways for exfoliate your legs
- exfoliating gloves
- body scrubs, which you can even make at home
- and chemical exfoliators for those who have stubborn ingrown hairs, they work wonderfully
1. My Favorite Exfoliation Product
There are many products for exfoliation and I’ve tried a bunch.
In the end I’ve settled on one that seems to me to be the best exfoliator for legs.
It’s also an affordable solution and the product is quite long-lasting.
It doesn’t wear out too easily, considering that I’m using it almost daily.
It sounds like a riddle.
Can you guess it?
I’m talking about exfoliating gloves.
They’re my favorite and they’re really efficient in removing the dead skin cells.
The gloves are not harsh to the skin and a minute at the beginning and end of each shower is all the time they require.
If you get a pair it will last for a couple of months.
That’s money well spent.
The best part is that they don’t redden the skin so you can use the gloves just before going out without bearing a trace of irritation.
I also moisturize immediately after because the pores are open and the lotion, or in my case the argan oil, is easily absorbed by the skin.
The Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Hydro Gloves are an example of such amazing gloves.
They’re affordable and one of the best.
2. Body Scrubs
An exfoliating scrub for legs would be the second option.
I have really sensitive skin but scrubs don’t damage it at all.
You’re safe to use them and they work really great if you find the right one.
The good news is that you can make these scrubs at home.
There are a lot of easy recipes on the Internet, the most simple consisting in adding kosher salt to your shower gel.
Or make a combination between salt and oil, whatever type of oil you prefer.
That’s not the only one.
You can also make at home a banana sugar body scrub, you can find the whole recipe here.
Or this one that offers you the perfect solution to what to do with the coffee left after your daily brew, find the whole recipe here.
If you don’t feel like putting in the little effort for making these exfoliating scrubs for legs, simply buy one. It’s not expensive.
My favorite is the Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil.
It’s not only excellent at removing dead skin cells but the oil contains Vitamin C.
It will help speed up the healing process for marks and blemishes.
I also use a Vitamin C serum for my face and it has helped immensely with my acne and acne scars.
The Majestic scrub only contains natural ingredients, which is another big plus.
3. Chemical Exfoliators
They’re called chemical exfoliators because the products belonging to this category contain alpha-hydroxy acids or salicylic acid.
These ones are a lot more powerful.
They are generally used by people who have serious ingrown hairs that cannot be removed with a scrub or a glove.
Chemical exfoliation makes the targeted area of the body peel after each application.
That intensive peel is what makes even the nastiest ingrown hairs come out to the surface.
Some people apply them twice daily if they want to speed up the process.
The skin is not harmed but it requires rich moisturizing.
They can be used on the entire body not only to exfoliate legs.
The good news is that each product comes with its own instructions.
Some of the best chemical exfoliators are Pfb Vanish and Tend Skin Solution.
The Pfb Vanish is really easy to use because it’s a roll on. It’s expensive but highly efficient.
There’s nothing particular that you need to do.
It’s all really simple.
Firstly, I run my gloves on the legs on dry skin.
Alternatively, I also use a scrub on dry skin.
Then I take my usual shower and at the end I have another go.
While you take the shower the warm water makes the skin softer so a lot more dead cells are going to come off.
After that, I rinse my legs.
Be careful not to have the water too hot because it will pinch a little the skin and it might also dry it.
I also thoroughly rinse my gloves in order to avoid promoting bacterial growth.
After, I let them to dry.
When it comes to chemical exfoliators, you should apply them twice daily. If your skin gets too dry you should use a nourishing lotion to hydrate it.
You can also combine physical exfoliation with the chemical one when you exfoliate legs.
What to Do After
All you have to do after is apply a moisturizer.
Or you can skip this step entirely.
I must confess that sometimes when I’m in a hurry I skip it but, since I have really dry skin, I am always reminded that I also need to apply my argan oil diligently.
What Not to Do when You Exfoliate Your Legs
Don’t be over-zealous.
That’s pretty much the only thing that comes to my mind that you shouldn’t do when you exfoliate your legs, body or face.
You just need to remove the dead skin cells not an entire layer of healthy skin.
When you’re using a scrub or a glove, it should feel like a nice relaxing massage not like torture.
That’s why you should also follow precisely the instructions that come with a chemical exfoliator so that you don’t end up doing more harm than good.
What’s your favorite product to exfoliate your legs?
Do you have any DIY recipe for body scrubs that you’d like to share?
Just leave a comment and tell me all about it.