How to get rid of dead skin? One thing’s for sure, you don’t need store-bought skin care products to remove dead layers of skin. Today, I’m going to discuss how to remove dead skin inexpensively and naturally.
Why do you need to remove dead skin?
Like other cells, your skin cells live only a short time, around two weeks to a month. That’s why the body must continuously produce new ones to replace the old ones that die. In other words, the outer layer of your skin (epidermis) mostly consists of dead skin cells, which need to be removed through chemical or physical means in order to promote new skin growth. This will also result in better looking and softer skin. Check out our other detailed article on how to get a baby soft skin naturally.
How to get rid of dead skin on face, scalp, body, hands, and feet
Exfoliation is your best weapon for removing dead skin.
Now you know it should be part of your skin care regimen. People with dry skin tend to shed off higher amounts of dead skin, so they’re usually recommended to exfoliate a maximum of twice per week. But if you have oily or combination skin, do it at least once a week.
Exfoliation is a must because it can make your skin smoother, clearer, and brighter. Plus, it facilitates better absorption of different skin care products and topical medicines because it cleans clogged pores.
Exfoliants can be categorized into two major types: chemical and physical. Examples of physical exfoliants are sugar, seeds, oatmeal, ground coffee, and other granulated ingredients. Examples of chemical exfoliants are beta hydroxy acids, alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.
I said exfoliation is good for your skin, however, don’t overdo it. Over exfoliation can cause more damage than good.
Here are a few mistakes people commit when exfoliating:
1.) By exfoliating daily, new skin cells may also get eliminated instead of removing only the old ones. Signs that you’re overdoing things are excessive dryness, redness, burning sensations, swelling, flaking, and tightness. Fortunately, you can remedy this with natural anti-inflammatory substances, like aloe vera and green tea extract.
2.) Some people forget to exfoliate their bodies. They only concentrate on their faces. So, next time, make sure to include your body, especially your elbows and knees.
3.) Others also forget to moisturize after their scrubbing session. Whether you have dry or oily skin, you need to moisturize because it will help your exfoliated skin stay healthy and hydrated.
4.) Another mistake is wrong exfoliation technique. All you really need is light pressure using circular motions to effectively remove dead skin cells. Be gentle, especially when exfoliating your chest, face, and neck.
5.) Exfoliating an already irritated skin is a big no-no. However, some people still commit this avoidable mistake. If you’re one of them, allow your skin to rest and recover first before doing this.
6.) Using exfoliants with sharp edges, such as sugar, are really not the best choices. They could either scratch or cut your skin, which in turn could lead to further skin irritation or promote the spread of harmful microorganisms.
7.) Using an exfoliant that’s not suitable for their skin type is another mistake people commit. Chemical exfoliants are often recommended for people with dry or acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, cream exfoliators are for you. People with tough skin could benefit from gel-based granular exfoliators.
Homemade Body and Facial Scrub Recipes:
Coffee Body Scrub
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) olive oil
- 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee
1.) Combine all the ingredients in the appropriate bowl.
2.) This is best applied while your skin is still wet, so try applying it during or shortly after taking a shower. Make sure to use a gentle and circular motion. Pay particular attention to your elbows, knees, and soles.
3.) Rinse, and then apply lotion.
Gentle Almond Facial Scrub
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt (contains a mild form of lactic acid and has skin-soothing effects)
- 3 tablespoons of finely ground almonds
- 1 ½ tablespoons of macadamia nut oil
1.) Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl before transferring to a sterile glass jar. You can store this in a cool, dark shelf. It’s good to use for up to 12 months.
2.) Put a small amount of macadamia nut oil and the scrub mixture on your fingertips. Mix until it forms into a soft paste.
3.) As recommended, use a light pressure and gentle circular motions when applying on your face. Don’t forget to avoid the delicate parts around your eyes.
4.) Wash off using lukewarm water.
Use natural oils to get rid of excessive dead skin on your scalp.
Dead skin on your scalp is simply known as dandruff. It’s a common scalp condition, but people with dry skin tend to get dandruff more often. Some of the causes and risk factors for dandruff are emotional stress, fungal infection, excessive oil production, improper washing of hair, and harsh hair products.
To get rid of dead skin on your scalp, the first step you should take is to do proper cleansing. Now, choosing the best shampoo can be tricky. What works for others might not always work for you. If you’re planning to use an anti-dandruff shampoo, a study has shown that Selsun Blue works best for dandruff. 
Homemade Exfoliating Scalp Scrub
- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of rolled oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons of light sesame oil (for strengthening, conditioning, and moisturizing your hair and scalp)
1.) Combine the ingredients together.
2.) Put a generous amount on your scalp. Then using your fingertips, massage on your scalp using moderate pressure for 2 to 3 minutes.
3.) Thoroughly wash your hair using lukewarm water. No need to shampoo after.
Other tips to remove dead skin
Steam your face first in order to open up the pores and soften dead skin cells and oils. Steam your face about 15 minutes, this will help the homemade Almond facial scrub to remove the dead skin cells better. Let the scrub stay on your face about 30 minutes before washing it off.
Hands and feet
Keep your hands and feet in the warm water for 15 minutes. You can add mild soap into the water as well. When your skin becomes soft, exfoliate the skin with one of the above mentioned scrubs. You can leave the scrub on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Remember to lotion your hands and feet after exfoliation.
For feet, you can scrub the dead skin with a pumice stone. Use it gently back-and-forth motions to remove the skin. A pumice stone is a can be bought at beauty supply stores or drugstores. Pumice stone is great to use on rough dead skin on calluses. It shaves the dead skin down and removes it. If you have a lot of dead skin on your feet, you probably are not be able to get rid of it all in one sitting. Remove as much as you can without scrubbing too harshly and then rinse your feet with warm water. Repeat this remedy again the next day. Remember to moisturize afterwards. Moisturizing helps to protect the new skin and keep your feet healthier. Use liberal amount of lotion and put socks on after moisturizing to prevent slipping on the floor. The thicker the lotion, the more it moisturizes the skin which helps to regain the skin’s moisture that got lost when scrubbing and exfoliating. Additionally, make sure you wash your pumice stone after use and let it air dry for next time.
Soak your body in a warm bath water for 20-30 minutes. Your skin will soften up and becomes easier to exfoliate. Use the coffee body scrub to exfoliate your skin. Leave the scrub on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off. However, avoid taking long hot showers. Hot water will get rid of essential oils from your skin and simply dries out the skin. This is true with bath water as well. Avoid long hot baths. Warm quick showers/baths that are about 10 minutes are the best for your skin. Additionally, avoid bubble baths which may dry out your skin even further, unless if they are advertised as moisturizing.
Use a soft brush
Soft brushes will help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells from skin pores. You can use a soft brush on face, body, hands and feet. After applying the scrub on your skin, take a brush and rub the skin with it.
Steam before exfoliation
Steaming helps to soften the dead skin cells and makes the exfoliation more effective. You can pour a hot water into a bowl to steam the face. Lean over the bowl and let the steam work on your skin. Also, taking a shower helps to soften the skin and open up the pores. Soft skin is much easier to clean.
These are just some of the things you could do at home to remove dead skin. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. If you have any other tips, please comment below.