Let The Exfoliating Games Begin!


The weather is great again in Toronto! So what does that actually mean, though?

Let the exfoliating games begin!

I haven’t been this excited in a long time, and who knew exfoliating would be the cause. Sometimes, I get asked, what I use on my skin, so I thought I would just tell everyone. I think I have a good thing going with my regimen, but now I have incorporated exfoliating into the mix and I am seeing and feeling the results.

I have been using Earth Science’s Clarifying Facial Wash, for a long while now. I like it because it doesn’t irritate my skin and cleanses gently, without drying it out. I also use their unscented moisturizer to follow. Those in Toronto, know that this past Winter we had was brutally cold, which meant I had to up my moisturizing game. So, I opted for coconut oil and I have been using it ever since. I know what you’re thinking – isn’t that too oily for the skin? I don’t go to town with the oil, and only use what is needed. I have also come back to an old favourite for the exfoliating portion of my regimen. I really enjoy using Queen Helene’s, Oatmeal ‘n Honey, Natural Facial Scrub. Once I started using the scrub again, I could almost immediately see the difference in my skin. The glow had come back and my skin just felt refreshed and cleaner.

So, I couldn’t just exfoliate my face and neglect the rest of me! So, I started using a Sapo (net-like material, similar to a bath puff), from Ghana. You can generally buy it in a large size and you can cut it to your preference. I got mine at a local African grocery store for $10. I use it all the time now and just love it. I have heard that you can get a Sapo in different textures. When you use it for the first time, it may seem to feel really harsh, but that feeling goes away – harsh in a good way, if that makes any sense. You’re left with radiant skin and you can again, feel the difference. Right after my shower, I follow with Apricot or Almond oil to moisturize my skin.

Now, we move on to the feet. I was looking up some different ways to remove dead skin from the feet and stumbled upon a great recipe. All you need is some baking soda, a few drops of lime juice, and water to make a paste. There were no exact measurements, I used my own judgement and mixed accordingly. I put the paste on my feet, wrapped them up in clear wrap, and put on slipper socks and went to bed. In the morning I soaked my feet and scrubbed with a ceramic foot file and my feet were happy. If you don’t want to irritate the skin, I would alternate between the ceramic foot file and an exfoliating glove.  It was suggested that you do this for 4-6 days to see results. What surprised me was that the skin kept peeling, long after I had applied the paste.  Another great way to remove dead skin from your feet is aloe vera gel (used in the way the baking soda mixture was). I stumbled across the aloe vera gel remedy, as I recently burned the bottom of my foot (don’t ask), and it was suggested that I use aloe vera gel. I just so happened to have a piece of the plant in the fridge, I applied it and was shocked to see that along with helping the burn, dead skin was also peeling.

Hopefully, I haven’t grossed you out and you’re still reading! Those are just some of the exfoliating practices that I will be keeping up with this season and carry through to others as well. Now you know all of my secrets!

*These products/remedies worked for me and I am only speaking from personal experience. Please consult with your physician if you’re prone to having skin issues. or unsure of anything said above.

Thanks for reading!

Hair By Glenna

One thought on “Let The Exfoliating Games Begin!

  1. Thanks for the foot recipe. I exfoliate with the earth science brand for my face and the body shops coconut scrub for my body. I need to find an african grocers ASAP to buy a sapo. I’m about glowy skin year round but summer time especially!

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