Dead skin can make your face and body look unhealthy. When your skin becomes flaky and dry, dead skin is often the cause. Exfoliating your skin with products and techniques removes the dead skin cells and allows new skin to form. In addition to products available at stores and spas, exfoliating scrubs you can make at home will remove dead skin. Whatever option you choose, your skin will look rejuvenated and healthy after exfoliation.

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Use a pumice stone with an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin from the bottom of your feet. Do not use a pumice stone on the face or other sensitive parts of the body.

Mix water and baking soda for a homemade exfoliant. Use your fingertips to scrub it onto the skin. Rinse with warm water. Sugar and oil mixed together can also be applied and rinsed to remove dead skin.

Choose exfoliating scrubs with polyethylene particles. These are much gentler than other exfoliating products.

Apply a moisturizer to the skin after you exfoliate. This will keep your skin from further drying out.

Combine dry oatmeal, honey and water to form a thick paste. Apply evenly to the face and body. Leave it on for half an hour. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Dry brush your body. While you’re in the shower, use a soft, natural-bristled brush all over your body to remove the dead skin cells. Begin at your feet and work your way up your body. Apply gentle pressure with the brush. Do not use the dry brush on areas where the skin is thin or where there are rashes or broken skin.

Seek out a professional to remove dead skin. Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion are cosmetic procedures that remove the outermost portion of the skin, getting rid of dead skin cells. These procedures are done at spas or doctors’ offices.

Schedule a chemical exfoliant treatment at a day spa. Some types of chemical exfoliants are fruit enzyme, glycolic acid and citric acid scrubs. Enzyme peels can also be applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells.

Make a pineapple mask by spreading and massaging 1 tbsp. pineapple juice onto the face or body. Let the juice dry for about ten minutes, then rinse with warm water. Pineapple contains an enzyme called proteolytic that helps combat free radicals that damage the skin. The enzyme also removes dead skin cells and detoxifies the skin to make it feel and look clean and fresh.


  • Ideally exfoliate your skin a couple of times a week.