Spring is a time for the trees to bud, the flowers to bloom, the birds to return—and for us to do some spring cleaning.
Besides your home, have you thought about spring cleaning for your skin? It’s more than just covering for your body. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, protecting you against germs, regulating your body temperature and enabling the sensation of touch.
Just like you, your skin has suffered through the cold, dark winter, and can be prone to dryness, acne, rashes, and other problems. Exfoliating your skin for spring is like giving your body a gift of springtime love.
Here’s how to exfoliate your skin for spring.
Why Should You Exfoliate?
The fact of the matter is, exfoliation should be practiced all year round.
Our cells regenerate more slowly as we age, so new ones aren’t created as quickly either. That buildup of old cells leaves our skin looking dull, rough, and dry, and can cause excess oil buildup and clogged pores, forming blemishes and acne.
When you exfoliate, you get rid of those clogging, dead skin cells and uncover fresh new ones. It also helps serums and moisturizers absorb better. In the end, your skin is healthier and you can tell by its glow.
Exfoliating Your Face
Some facial products are suitable for exfoliating every day, while others should be part of a weekly routine.
Here are some options for that sensitive skin on your face:
- Gentle Cleansing Facial Scrub: is gentle enough to use daily, washing away dirt and makeup while gently exfoliating. Plant-based oils, butters, and micro jojoba beads soothe and moisturize, and lavender, tea tree and carrot seed essential oils deliver anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Citrus AHA Facial Cleanser: is cream-based and suitable for daily use. Its natural alpha-hydroxyl acids exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal smoother, hydrated skin that is visibly firmer over time.
- Seaweed & Mint Facial Exfoliant: provides a deeper exfoliation once a week. Ground walnut shells and jojoba beads exfoliate while plant and essential oils invigorate and hydrate. Can be used twice a week on acne-prone skin.
- Konjac sponges: are a cleanser and gentle facial exfoliant, suitable for daily use, and made from a root native to Korea. Wet the sponge to awaken its jelly-like texture and add a small amount of cleanser—or use on its own with water.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
Your lips endure a lot too, so they deserve some special treatment. Our lip scrubs have natural exfoliants that are simple to use: gently massage the lip scrub and rinse off with warm water, revealing smooth, plump lips.
Exfoliating your Body
Dry skin appears everywhere, so exfoliating is a good idea for your whole body. Try our salt or sugar scrubs, which are not meant for your face, but are made to exfoliate and moisturize your body. There’s a Lavender Mint Salt Scrub or a Coffee Mint Sugar Scrub, both of which will rid you of dry flaky skin. Bonus: You won’t even need moisturizer after using our scrubs.
The Mechanics Orange & Pumice Soap Bar features the exfoliating power of pumice and sweet orange essential oil, and also gently removes grime and grit—which is why we named it for mechanics. Don’t worry, it can be used by anyone! Or try the Walnut Scrub Soap Bar, featuring walnut shell powder and infused with lavender and rosemary essential oils. Use these bars as-is, or with a washcloth or loofah.
Some other exfoliating ideas:
- A natural lava pumice stone: will rub away dirt and dead skin, and is perfect for those extra rough spots like your feet, elbows and knees.
- Our all-natural jojoba beads: can be added to homemade facial cleansers, body scrubs, soaps and more.
- A dry skin brush: use weekly to remove dead skin while supporting lymph drainage and circulation. Use it before your shower, brushing upward from the bottom of your feet to your neck.