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In the South, warmer weather means switching to a wardrobe of short sleeves and sandals. And that’s the time when ashy elbows and cracked heels can really cramp your style. The solution: exfoliation. This beauty basic leaves your skin soft and glowing.
Step 1: Gentle Exfoliating
Although you may be tempted to go at foot calluses or the leathery skin on your knees and elbows like a scouring pad to a rusty skillet, resist the urge. Your skin, even in its roughest state, is delicate.
“You want to handle your skin like a silk scarf,” says dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, MD. “Don’t use anything with rough edges that could damage the skin.”
Bath scrubs with microbeads fill the bill because they gently and gradually rub away old skin layers. They contain either synthetic microbeads or natural ingredients such as finely crushed fruit seeds and nuts. Before using a scrub on your body, rub a little between your fingers to make sure the texture is consistent, with no large, sharp grains. Then wet your skin and apply the scrub with your fingers or your favorite loofah.