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What is the best way to exfoliate arms and legs?

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Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:00 am      Reply with quote
Your advice and experience with this would be greatly appreciated.
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Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:23 am      Reply with quote
I have keratosis pilaris On my arms, and slightly on my legs. I have found exfoliating with an exfoliating glove in the shower works pretty well for me. I prefer it over a puff because you can clean it better, and waste less product i also find it is more exfoliating Right now I'm just using a cheap body wash with it. I reserve the expensive products for my face.

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Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:35 am      Reply with quote
A moisturiser containing urea or lactic acid, both of which hydrate as they gently exfoliate. Avoid body washes based on sulphate surfactants or alkaline soaps as these irritate and dehydrate skin and may increase the need for exfoliation.

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Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:27 am      Reply with quote
I second CindyLouise's suggestion.

I swear by Dermalogica's Ultimate Buffing Cloth - although there are other, similar products available.

This is incredibly effective. The shape (a long rectangle) makes it very easy to use, especially on other, more difficult to reach areas of the body.

Not only that, it works out to be extremely cost-effective: once you've bought it, it lasts for years. You can use it with your normal shower gel.

As Firefox has pointed out, suphate surfactants (which are cheap and present in so many body products) are best avoided. I find that they exacerbate my eczema/contact dermatitis and can be very drying on the skin over time.
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Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:46 pm      Reply with quote
I bought a pair of exfoliating gloves from wal-mart for $2.99 and I love them! I use them dry on dry skin before I shower. My skin feels baby soft.

Cheap and effective- that doesn't usually happen!

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Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:49 pm      Reply with quote
LauraLizzie wrote:
I bought a pair of exfoliating gloves from wal-mart for $2.99 and I love them! I use them dry on dry skin before I shower. My skin feels baby soft.

Cheap and effective- that doesn't usually happen!


I use those too and also those simple "scrubbies" in the tub.

I do use a dry brush prior to bathing, and my brushes have lasted forever! Very Happy

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Wed May 02, 2012 2:13 am      Reply with quote
majorb wrote:
I second CindyLouise's suggestion.

I swear by Dermalogica's Ultimate Buffing Cloth - although there are other, similar products available.

This is incredibly effective. The shape (a long rectangle) makes it very easy to use, especially on other, more difficult to reach areas of the body.

Not only that, it works out to be extremely cost-effective: once you've bought it, it lasts for years. You can use it with your normal shower gel.

As Firefox has pointed out, suphate surfactants (which are cheap and present in so many body products) are best avoided. I find that they exacerbate my eczema/contact dermatitis and can be very drying on the skin over time.

Thanks for sharing.
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Wed May 02, 2012 3:37 pm      Reply with quote
There's a product they use at Japanese and Korean spas called Salux. You can google it. It's simiar to some of the other products mentioned on this thread, but I find it softer and longer lasting than other similar products. It only costs around $4 so not really any risk in giving it a shot!
I lather mine up and use it daily all over my body.
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Wed May 02, 2012 4:37 pm      Reply with quote
Do it soaking in the tub! and after wearing body lotion with aha's (or bha's) for a day or two.
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Thu May 03, 2012 5:26 am      Reply with quote
I read somewhere that in order to fully get rid of KP you need to use both exfoliation AND intense moisturization. In addition, manual exfoliation has not been shown to be effective in getting rid of KP. Apparently, this is why a lot of people fail to treat their KP - they only try to exfoliate rather than moisturize.

Personally, I've found this advice to be true. For years I tried to get rid of the KP on my arms by using AHA and BHA toners, but they alone had little effect. Once I added in a heavy moisturizer, my KP disappeared.

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Creme, which is extremely thick and has AHAs in it, got rid of my KP the fastest of all the treatments I've tried. The downside is that the creme is almost *too* thick to be comfortable for me (YMMV). I also tried the lotion form (Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Lotion) which is thinner, but it took me longer to get rid of the KP, leading me to believe that the moisturization is a key part of regulating the skin.

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Thu May 03, 2012 11:51 am      Reply with quote
I have been doing Carole Maggio's dry skin brushing as demo-ed on the No Lipo Lipo DVD, 5 min/day, and my skin has never felt smoother! Even my foot callus is almost gone, in under 2 weeks!
Cheapest, most effective way, in my opinion. No need to invest in any expensive scrubs, shower gels and lotions anymore Smile
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