Exfoliation removes dead cells, taking dullness and flakiness with it and revealing a new layer of glowing, healthy skin. Despite its benefits, exfoliation is often skipped in skin care routines.
Basic Benefits of Body Exfoliation
Exfoliation is, at its simplest definition, the removal of dead skin cells. It is a process that not only helps many skin conditions, but also has numerous health benefits. Exfoliation is a necessary part of skin care and a key step in maintaining the skin's best condition.
Clearing Blemishes and Clogged Pores – Clogged pores are caused by the trapping of excess sebum and keratin in the skin. This buildup can cause blackheads and blemishes that will not subside with cleansing. Exfoliation can aid in ridding the skin of the dirt, giving blemishes room to heal.
Healing and Preventing Ingrown Hairs – By removing the top layer of skin, exfoliation can assist not only in getting rid of ingrown hairs, but also in revealing the newer skin underneath.
Increasing Blood Circulation – Many exfoliation techniques involve slight pressure and circulatory motions. This movement helps to increase blood circulation within the body. Increased blood circulation has many benefits, including promoting new skin cell production, breaking down fat tissues, and helping to rid the body of toxins.
The Easy Exfoliation Add-On:
This full body exfoliation treatment is great for clients that want to diminish the appearance of dry, sallow skin or alleviate keratosis pilaris. For some clients, the results from this type of treatment can last up to 30 days, especially if they follow a good homecare regimen.
Prepare the aesthetic bed by first laying down a blanket, followed by a sheet, plastic, and two towels – one by the foot of the bed and the other near the client's head. Depending on the temperature of the room and the client's preference, a heated blanket can also be used.
Have the client lie on top of the towels, allowing them time to get comfortable and relaxed.
Put on a clean pair of gloves and use a spatula to mix together six to eight scoops of a salt scrub and six to eight pumps of a moisturizing lotion. At this point, the professional can custom blend the mixture with essential oils or scents. This mixture should be a granular paste; if it is not granular enough, add more of the salt scrub. The amounts used will vary from client to client depending on their height and weight.
Check the client's skin for lesions, cuts, and scratches, making note to avoid those areas.
In order to keep the client as warm and comfortable as possible, apply the scrub to one section of one side of the body at a time – starting with the feet and working up the body – by pulling back the blanket, sheet, and plastic.
Exfoliate towards the heart in gentle, circular, clockwise motions in order to prevent any discomfort. Be sure to communicate with the client to ensure that the amount of pressure that is being applied is adequate for them.
After applying the scrub to one side of the client's body, pour warm water into a large bowl and wet the gloved hands. Proceed to massage the salt scrub mixture, letting it seep into the skin. In order to keep the client from becoming cold, keep the duration of this step at a minimum.
Once both sides of the client's body have been fully exfoliated, gently remove the bottom towel, rewrapping the client and positioning them into a sitting stance. Pull down the blanket to reveal their back and repeat the exfoliation process, removing the top towel when finished.
If a shower is available, have the client wash their body without soap so that the minerals from the treatment stay on the skin and continue to work. In the absence of a shower, either the professional or the client can gently wipe the client's skin with a warm, wet towel to remove the salt.
Once the client has been washed, hydrate their skin with a quality moisturizer, massaging the lotion into the skin towards the heart.
Lina Kennedy is a chief pioneer, collecting many feathers in her cap. An expert on professional sugaring, Kennedy regularly writes articles for industry magazines in North America and Europe. As president of Alexandria Professional, one of her personal goals is to ensure that each professional trained in the art of body sugaring learns and understands the exceptional results that they and their clients can achieve through The Kennedy Theory™ for sugaring and The Kennedy Technique Theory™.