To exfoliate is to remove dead skin cells and impurities on the surface via chemical or mechanical abrasion.
Mechanical exfoliation can be done using sugar, salt crystals, crushed seeds, loofah etc. whereas chemical exfoliation can be done using enzymes, salicylic acid, malic acid, etc.
Freeman's pomegranate sugar body scrub
you can add your shower gel and exfoliate using the loofah too
Watson' Sakura Bella Body scrub
Body Shop's passion fruit Body scrub
Many of the exfoliatants that we can find in the market combines both mechanical and chemical means of exfoliating.
Exfoliating should be done at least once or twice a week.
By performing exfoliation, we are able to get rid of the dead skin cells lying on top of our epidermis, making way for our skin cells to regrow efficiently.
Furthermore, by removing the dead skin cells, the chances of having an acne outbreak is reduced.
But remember NEVER to use body scrubs on your face! It's a known fact, but some people still do it
Bio-essence's Nuteen Blackheads away gel. Contains salicylic acid
Freeman's Enzyme Mask
St. Ives Fresh Skin Exfoliator with crushed apricot seeds
Note : Don't exfoliate in the morning or afternoon. Only do it in the evening or at night.
This is so because the dead skin layer on top of your epidermis acts as a minor shield towards sun rays. Having it removed, your skin becomes more prone to solar damage leading to sagging, premature aging, discolourisation, etc.
But if you insist, make sure you finish off with a sunblock of at least spf 30 and PA++
Mentholatum's Sun Play with SPF 130
And yes, exfoliating helps reveal brighter and healthier-looking skin