Newsflash: Exfoliation is not just for your face. Dead skin cells can and do build up all over your body. So if you want to avoid thick cracked heels, bumpy upper arms, or, yes, those ingrown hairs on your butt, make sure you're also exfoliating below the neck.
1. LipsWe know they live on the face, but your lips are often forgotten when it comes to exfoliation. Dry, peeling skin flakes and lipstick that looks clumpy are two common cosmetic hazards of unexfoliated lips. Try This: Dr. Cindy Bae, a dermatologist in New York City, recommends using a soft toothbrush to make small circular motions to get the job done. Just don't be overly aggressive, as the skin on your lips is thin and easily irritated. For a fun summery alternative, the next time you drink a margarita, take the sugar from the rim and rub a little on your lips to soften things up. No matter your method, apply a thick lip balm right after exfoliating to hydrate and achieve the smoothest results.
2. ButtTrapped, unexfoliated fine hairs, combined with the pressure or friction from activities like sitting in front of your computer, working out in tight clothes, or driving long distances can all lead to a bumpy butt. Dr. Deanne Robinson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University, adds pimple prevention to the list of butt exfoliation benefits. Try This: A few times a week, put on some body exfoliating bath gloves while in the shower and wash with a gentle cleanser, such as Dove. The combo is a great way to loosen up hairs and even out texture.
3. ArmsBumpy chicken skin? No thanks. Keratosis pilaris (KP), the scientific name for those annoying bumps on your upper arms or thighs, is a genetic thing — autosomal dominant, to be exact, which means you have your mom or dad to thank for it. Forty percent of us have it and most want to get rid of it. Try This: Over-exfoliation can cause your arm to look like a hot mess if you have KP, as it can leave you with red blotchy skin all over. Instead of harsh mechanical exfoliants like loofahs, try exfoliating lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids to smooth out the skin.