by Staphanie Saltzman
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The benefits of exfoliating your face--cell turnover, smaller pores, glow-y complexion, better product absorption, and so on--have been well documented. But when it comes to body exfoliation, things are a little, er, rougher. Other than the obvious (getting rid of flakes), is it really worthwhile? And is there a right way to do it? "I have a lot to say about the topic!" was the first thing dermatologist Francesca Fusco said when I grilled her about it. Turns out body scrubs are far more important than most of us think. Here's what you need to know.
There are a lot (like, a lot) of reasons to exfoliate body skin.
"The benefits include stimulating collagen production and circulation," Fusco says. "And during the winter, it allows moisturizer to penetrate more efficiently, so that you're not as itchy and flaky. And people who tend to get ingrown hairs benefit from regular exfoliation because it can release the trapped hair."
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