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Your Foolproof Step-by-Step Body Care Routine for Smoother Skin

Exfoliation is one of the fastest ways to achieve soft, smooth skin, but there are tricks to doing it properly. In fact, it’s very easy to overdo a good skin sloughing, which can result in redness and irritation. “Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of the skin,” explains Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. In addition to glowing skin, Shani Darden, esthetician, skin expert and brand founder, adds that a body exfoliation routine also allows the skin to better absorb hydrating body care products and sets the stage for a more effective shave. Exfoliation also helps unblock pores revealing smoother, less congested skin.

Below, our experts share tips on the best body exfoliation routine to follow for baby-soft skin for every skin type.

“Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of the skin.”

Consider your shaving routine

For best results, timing your shaving ritual with your exfoliation routine is also important. “If you’re using a dry brush or physical exfoliant, it’s best to do it just before shaving,” Darden says. “If using a chemical exfoliant, it would be ideal to use it the night before to get all of the benefits of the chemical exfoliant overnight, while also minimizing any irritation that may come along with shaving. Some skin types may be able to tolerate using a chemical exfoliant right before shaving, but to be on the safe side, the night before is best.”

“Some skin types may be able to tolerate using a chemical exfoliant right before shaving, but to be on the safe side, the night before is best.”

Finish with lotions and oils

The final delicious step in a body exfoliation routine is slathering your body with hydrating ingredients via lotions or oils. According to Darden, the best time to do this is after a shower because it’ll help lock in moisture. “Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or even jojoba oil are all wonderful hydrating ingredients for the body,” she says. Specifically, Darden loves ones that feature a combination of oils like sunflower, jojoba, coconut, avocado and olive oil to hydrate and nourish the skin.