How to Exfoliate Your Legs

Why would you need to know how to exfoliate your legs?

From my point of view because it is one of the most important aspects of one’s skin routine, for face and body.

Read my post on the best ingrown hairs products, you will find there the best exfoliators for legs and body

Exfoliation Benefits

The first thing that I think about when talking about all the benefits of exfoliation is that it helps prevent ingrown hairs. And I’m partially right. But 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 all by itself so it needs some help.

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 Way 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.

Also:

Exfoliate your legs before hair removal, whether you shave, wax or epilate.  It will help you get smoother legs and also to prevent ingrown hairs.

Don’t get lazy, exfoliate between hair removal sessions as well. I do it at the end of every shower. 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

1. My Favorite

There are many products for exfoliation and I’ve tried a bunch but 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.

exfoliating gloves on legs

The gloves are not harsh to the skin and a minute at the end of each shower is all the time they require. If you get a pair it will last for a few 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.

2. Body Scrubs

An exfoliating scrub for legs would be the second option.

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. If you have sensitive skin it would be best to stick to fine grained salt.

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.

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 and 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 and that intensive peel is what makes even the nastiest ingrown hairs come out to the surface.

Some people apply these 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 on the 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.

Preparation

There’s nothing particular that you need to do.

I prefer wet exfoliation as opposed to dry exfoliation, meaning that I prefer to run my gloves on my wet skin at the end of a shower instead of exfoliating on dry body.

My opinion is that 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.

What to Do After

All you have to do after is to apply a moisturizer. Or you can skip this step entirely.

I must confess that sometimes when I’m in a hurry I skip it.

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.

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