Late night parties, days spent lounging in the sun, weekend getaways ... all these things are what makes summer so special.
But all these things also take a toll on our skin. So pamper your pores and soothe and smooth yourself from head-to-toe with gentle exfoliating. Not all body parts are created equal, though! What may work wonders for your body can be too harsh on your face and hands exfoliators may not make a dent at all when it comes to your feet.
Take a look at a few of our exfoliating tips and then click on the slideshow to see some of our favorite exfoliating products!
Face - Your visage is the the first thing that people notice so make sure what they're noticing is a smooth face. Facial skin is delicate, however, so be sure to opt for an exfoliator that's gentle with small, rounded beads of uniform size.
Don't scrub too vigorously as a rough application can do more harm than good. And space out the treatments to once a week, or even once every two weeks for finer, more sensitive skin.
Body - All that fun in the sun can mean dull, dead skin that needs to be sloughed off to help make your summer tan pop even more! Try using an exfoliating body wash once a week to keep skin looking smooth and soft.
Apply just a quarter sized amount to a washcloth and scrub, focusing on areas like the elbows and knees.
Hands - Pretty hands are feminine and attractive. But besides a fresh manicure, the state of our skin also makes a difference! Make sure your handshake feels smooth and soft by exfoliating you hands one every week and a half.
There are some great hand exfoliating products out there, but make your life easier by opting for a handwash that moisturizes and exfoliates all at once!
Feet - Your feet carry your weight and you use them to walk, run or dance. So it's no surprise that our feet need the most love.
Soak feet in warm water for about ten minutes before applying and using an exfoliator. This helps soften the skin for easier removal. Focus on areas like the balls of the foot and the heel, using repeated circular motions with a little pressure. Finish with a thick, foot cream to keep skin soft.