Everyone wants to look their best, and having glowing and vibrant skin is a key step towards this aim. Having healthy looking skin requires a large amount of nurturing and care, which involves regular washing of the skin, having a healthy diet, and getting rid of any dead skin cells that accumulate and takes away your skin’s shine. Below we will show you how to prevent dead skin cells from forming in the first place, and then how to remove any dead skin cells that do form.
How to Prevent the Formation of Dead Skins Cells
First and foremost, what you need to know before learning how to get rid of dead skin cells on your body are some simple ways to prevent the formation of dead skin cells from forming in the first place, thus reducing the amount of dead skin cells you will have on your body. Here are some great ways to prevent excess dead skin from forming.
1. Lower Your Stress
Recent studies have suggested that skin issues (such as itchy, irritated, and dead skin cells) might be worsened by high levels of stress. Though why this is isn’t fully understood yet, researchers have indicated that the skin disorders of some patients show improved signs when the patients reduce their stress levels. Although there is no guarantee that this will work for people with dead skin, other wonderful benefits of reducing stress levels include reduced risks for stroke and heart attacks.
2. Shave with Minimal Resistance
Dry and peeling skin in places where people shave can be a result of bad shaving habits. Therefore, you may need to shave in ways you encounter minimal resistance. To ensure this, you need to shave lightly so that the razor will glide easily over the skin without catching. Usually, this means that you will need to shave along the grain of your hair, not against, and you should use a shaving gel and a moisturizer. Moreover, it’s a good idea to wet your hair with warm (not hot) water before shaving. If the above tips do not help prevent dry skin, you should consider replacing your razor. An old and blunt razor can rip at hairs rather than making clear cuts through the hair, causing skin irritation or rashes.
3. Consider Switching Your Soap
As you probably know, some cleaning products and soaps have chemicals that can make skin dry, as well as remove its natural protective oils. Soaps that contain alcohol are especially awful, as they can make your skin seriously dehydrated. While good skin hygiene is essential for inhibiting the spread of diseases and infections, you do not need to ruin your skin with a harsh hand soap or face wash solution to stay clean. Therefore, you should consider replacing your hand soap and face wash solution with mild ones or ones with good moisturizing effects so that you will be able to prevent cracked and dry skin.
4. Avoid Overuse of Harsh Abrasives
Strong abrasives (such as stiff brushes and pumice stones) can often be good for removing tough, built-up dead skin cells, but if you overuse them (or if your skin is too sensitive), the abrasiveness can make your skin red and raw, making it vulnerable to long-term irritation and dryness. Therefore, if you’re noticing skin redness or pain after exfoliating, quit this daily routine and switch to mild abrasives. For example, if your stiff-bristled shower brush makes your skin irritated, you should switch to a gentler washcloth, which will help exfoliate your skin at a pace that is much more manageable.
Tips on How to Remove Dead Skin Cells from the Face
Exfoliation needs to be done carefully so that it does not cause unwanted consequences or injury. Home-made masks are used to clean the skin naturally, and they have long been part of beauty regimes. Below are 8 home-made masks and tips that’ll help you remove dead skin cells from your face.
1. Anti-Aging Coffee Scrub
Coffee is very high in antioxidants, making it an excellent dead skin cell remover, as well as preventing wrinkles and sagging skin. Simply prepare some ground, coarse coffee beans and mix them with a little olive oil. Add raw sugar if needed, and gently rub it on face. After 15 minutes, use warm water to rinse your skin and then pat it dry.
2. Olive Oil
When you feel that your face is dry, you just need to apply a thin layer of olive oil to your skin and rub it in. To get a better protective effect, we recommend adding your normal moisturizer on top of the olive oil.
3. Chocolate Scrub
Take a small amount of cocoa powder, then add a tiny bit of lime juice or rose water to it. After that, finely grind some oatmeal and add it to the mixture. Then, add some honey and raw sugar to it too, and mix well. When the paste is semi-solid, rub it onto your face, elbows, and knees in a circular motion.
4. Fruit Face Mask
Take a good amount of fruit, such as peaches, pineapples, kiwis, papayas, or banana, and mash them in a blender. Then mix in a small amount of honey and yogurt. After that, apply the mixture to your skin and leave it there for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
5. Pomegranate Lip Scrub
If your lips look overly chapped or dark, then this could be because you have not exfoliated dead skin cells from it recently. You can get your lips back to their natural color by making use of pomegranate seeds. Simply crush a few seeds and then mix them with a small amount of milk cream or malai. Then, apply this mixture to your lips and rub gently. After that, wash your lips with tepid water, and then pat dry.
6. Oatmeal and Honey Paste
Mix together water, honey, and oatmeal powder in order to create a thick paste. Then apply this paste to your face. This paste can also be used on other areas of dry skin on your body. You should leave the paste on for 30 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water.
7. Baking Powder and Aloe Vera
Make a soft paste by mixing aloe Vera gel or juice with one tablespoon of baking soda. If the paste is too runny. You can add more baking powder to it. Apply the paste to your skin and rub it in using a circular motion. After 1-2 minutes, you should wash your skin and add some moisturizer to it.
8. Sugar, Olive oil, Glycerin, and Patchouli Oil
Mix together a tablespoon of glycerin, a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of sugar, and a few drops of patchouli oil. Wash your face, and then gently rub this mixture into your skin in a circular motion. After that, wash off any remaining mixture with some warm water.
Tips to Remove Dead Skin from Your Body
The following 5 scrubs will help you get rid of dry skin from your body:
1. Natural Foot Scrub
Make a mixture using the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the mixture onto your feet and wait for about 15 minutes before washing it off. This natural scrub will exfoliate and moisturize your feet and also helps eradicate any dryness.
2. Sea salt Hand Scrub
Since sea salt is slightly harsh, it’s best to use it on areas such as your hands, rather than your face. However, you still need to add essential oil to the scrub to mellow down the harshness. An essential oil such as lavender oil, coconut oil, or olive oil will work well here. Mix the ingredients together, and then apply to your hands. After a couple of minutes have passed, wash it off with warm water.
3. Lentil or Daal Body Scrub
Take two tablespoons of lentils and grind into a powder, then mix it with either milk or honey. Apply the mixture, and after 15 minutes rinse it off with warm water.
4. Cucumber Neck Scrub
To make a cucumber mixture to get rid of dead skin on your neck, simply mix cucumber juice with rose water. Rub this mixture onto your neck, and wash it off after a few minutes have passed.
5. Sugar and Essential Oil to Exfoliate Legs
Wash your legs, then rub sugar over them to remove any dead skin cells. Then apply essential oils. Mix half a cup of olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, baby oil, or any essential oil you have with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your legs - it will penetrate deep into your skin and provide long lasting moisture for your legs.