Body exfoliation using a pumice stone

Most people use scrubs to exfoliate facial skin but neglect the rest of their bodies. This results in lacklustre body skin. Infact, I used to do the same. But a few years back, when I noticed waxing resulting in quite alot of ingrown hair on my legs, I realized the importance of scrubbing skin all over while taking a shower.

Initially I used to use a spongy loofah, but once I tried a pumice stone, I got hooked on to it, because I could actually feel my skin tingle after I scrubbed and could feel the revved up skin circulation. Not to mention that the pumice stone worked better than the loofah in clearing up the ingrown hairs a whole lot.

Ever since, scrubbing with a pumice stone is a part of regular showers for me. The benefits are many, but the best is that it opens up pores of your skin, and after taking a shower, any cream that you rub on will be absorbed deliciously.

Few things to note about it though -
  • Always scrub your skin upwards, towards the heart, starting from your legs and thighs, up your abdomen and finally up your arms.
  • Don't forget to scrub your back (as much as you can reach out) and neck too.
  • Be gentle with the scrubbing! After you've lathered up soap or body wash, scrub gently in a circular upward motion and then rinse as usual.
  • If you've got rough or cracking foot heels, then scrubbing with a pumice stone while taking a shower helps immensely. Do remember to moisturize your feet thereafter. In 2 weeks or so, you should begin noticing softer, smoother feet.
  • If your knees and elbows are dark or are rougher in texture than the rest of your body, then scrub over these areas specifically and regularly. Moisturize after this for sure and within a month, your knees and elbows will look and feel much much better. Promise!
  • You could always use a loofah instead of a pumice stone. The loofah is gentler on skin, and works pretty good. But I personally prefer using a pumice stone, because I like the grainy feel on my skin.
  • This is obvious but don't scrub over bruised, cut or sore skin. Ouch.
  • And over freshly waxed skin as well. It doesnt require scrubbing for 2-3 days and doesn't feel good either. (Though since a loofah is softer, it won't hurt.)
  • And finally, don't expect your skin to be silky smooth after a few scrubs itself. It takes time, but trust me, it's worth it.
Now scrub away those dead cells and watch your skin feel baby soft! :)

2 comments:

Squeedoo said...

So far been scrubbing with ma cute cute lil pumice stone and afterwards putting vitamin a&d oil all over my wet body and patting dry. My skin feels pretty soft...even the soles of my feet! Yay!

rozza said...

Pumice stone is great for exfoliating feet. Thanks for sharing.

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