When you’re trying to get in and out of the shower as quickly as you can to head on to bigger and better things, (a.k.a the beach), it can be easy to bypass seemingly unimportant tasks. You probably wash your face, your body and your hair, but do you take the time for proper exfoliation? I’m guilty of this myself, especially in the summertime when my skin doesn’t seem so dry and flakey. But that all changed yesterday.
While walking in Trader Joe’s, I found myself in the beauty aisle (because it’s right by the wine) and fell in love with a sea salt exfoliating grapefruit scrub. It smelled delicious, so I threw it in my basket (along with TJ’s cookies, some cereal and the best dark chocolate covered pretzels on this planet). When I got home I ate a few pretzels, tore off my clothes and took my new salt scrub to the shower. And what a lovely shower it was. It took only one go with my new salt scrub to remember why exfoliating is so important.
The Sparknotes version:
1. Exfoliating makes your skin softer, which is especially great in the summer because your skin – especially those tootsies in the flip flops – is exposed and braving the elements.
2. Softer skin leads to better shaving, less nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.
3. When you clear away dead skin your great beach tan (or bottled glow) will last longer.
Now that we are all reminded why it’s worth the extra minute a couple times a week, here are some products you should try out.
Like I said, I’m in love with my new Trader Joe’s Purify Grapefruit Chamomile Sea Salt Scrub. It was $6 for a really big jar and smells delicious! The citrus scent will totally wake you up in the morning. The only bummer is you have to get it in the store, and I know not all of us are lucky enough to live near a TJ’s (sad-face).
Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator: I’ve also used this product, and while it doesn’t smell as yummy, it will leave your skin looking clean and feeling soft.
Bath and Body Works: There’s The Rub: This is a nice cooling sea salt scrub, but it may be a little rough. If you like it rough (you dawg), it’s a great product to use twice a week.
Or, if you’re feeling crafty and/or cheap, making your own sea salt scrub is really easy.
Don’t underestimate the power of soft skin this summer. Take the extra 5 minutes to pamper yourself and you’ll see (and feel!) immediate results!