On his last visit, I was remarking about the improvement I saw in his skin, no doubt partly due to the fact he was no longer using a loofah on his face. Yes, on his initial visit when doing his intake form, I found out he was using a loofah sponge and water to exfoliate his face. I told him I was glad his was no longer using the “Tarzan Method” of exfoliation and it was definitely helping his skin.
Sometimes (usually?) men tend to use a more, let’s say, practical, bare bones approach to things. Your skin needs to be sloughed off, so you use a hard, stiff loofah sponge. Why not, it’ll get the job done, right? I’ll tell you why not: Using a loofah or any other stiff, hard material on your skin can and will reek havoc! These types of materials are simply too rough for the delicate nature of the skin—even the tougher, thicker texture of a man’s skin. (Regarding this photo: there is nothing happy about using a loofah on your face.)
Facial scrubs are the most common product used for exfoliation, and they are the most readily available in stores and salons. Scrubs are also the simplest exfoliators to use. I recommend applying a facial scrub while taking a shower because it makes cleaning it off your face much easier than at your bathroom sink. The little particles that make up the scrub will get completely rinsed off with the showerhead spray, perhaps not so much just with your hands at the sink.
In case you, too, are using the Tarzan Method to get rid of dead skin cells, please (please) put the loofah down and reach for a scrub the next time you go to exfoliate your face. No matter what you use, exfoliation is an important step in your healthy skin care routine.
My client now uses a facial scrub. His skin (through facials as well as home exfoliation) is looking better than ever. He said he doesn’t miss his loofah at all.
For some of the hows and whys of exfoliation, read:
For an effective yet gentle product for all the Tarzans of the world (it’s the scrub this client is using now with great results), see:
|No loofahs, please!|