How to Use Exfoliating Gloves (Step By Step Guide)

How to Use Exfoliating Gloves

Exfoliating gloves are often overlooked in the beauty columns or shelves but they are actually very essential and helpful in body care.

They may look like fancy sponges that fit on your palms but they serve for much more than that, they are a game-changer for exfoliating your body.

Exfoliating with these specially made gloves helps you have glowing and healthier skin, they get rid of dead skin cells and protect acne-prone skin from sudden breakouts. In some cases, they prevent the growth of ingrown hairs to allow your skin to feel smoother.

But you must be using them the right way to get the best results, this is a step-by-step guide putting you through the entire process. 

What are exfoliating gloves?

Exfoliating gloves are a type of bathing gloves that are made from rough yarn, they are used as a tool for physical exfoliation of the skin.

When used properly, they remove dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt clogging your pores and ensuring that your skin feels softer and appears so as well.

With exfoliating gloves, you’re bringing a spa to your doorstep and you’re in control of how the exfoliation goes through.

Step By Step Guide: How to Use Exfoliating Gloves

Exfoliation is a very important aspect of proper skincare and with a pair of exhilarating gloves, you can exfoliate your skin when necessary. Here is a simple step by step guide on how to use exfoliating gloves; 

Can You Use Exfoliating Gloves On Your Face?
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1. Pick out exfoliating gloves that are suitable for your skin

Exfoliating gloves have to be handpicked to avoid any negative effects, especially for persons with sensitive skin. Exfoliating gloves need to have some texture because the slightly rough feel they give is what helps to exfoliate your skin at the end of the entire process.

However, some exfoliating gloves in the market are unnecessarily rough and would cause damage to your skin and face after continuous use. 

If you have sensitive and soft skin, you should choose a pair of exfoliating gloves that are softer against the skin to avoid irritations after use. But, if you have rough skin, you can use exfoliating gloves with a rougher texture for best results.

You may also want to try on the exfoliating gloves before buying them just to make sure they fit properly.

2. Wet the exfoliating gloves and your skin with some water

Before the exfoliating gloves make contact with your skin, you should have wet your skin with some water- preferably warm water.

Apart from wetting your skin, you will also need to wet your exfoliating gloves so that they can easily spread whatever soap or gel is applied to them evenly across the skin.

Exfoliating your skin while it is dry will only cause skin irritation and it will cause you to feel an amount of pain as the gloves continue to rub against your skin.

Also, using warm water on your skin and your exfoliating gloves before it is used will allow the pores in your skin to moisten and relax, this will in turn make the exfoliation process simpler and yield the desired results. 

3. Apply a moisturizing shower gel or soap to your exfoliating gloves

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After you must have wet your gloves and body, you would need to add a few drops of your moisturizing shower gel to the gloves. Some people also like to rub some of the shower gel on their bodies before using the gloves to exfoliate.

After adding the shower gel to your gloves you can also add some water to it to make sure it lathers properly for application on your skin to be better.

Make sure you do not use an exfoliating soap while using exfoliating gloves, the gloves are already meant to exfoliate the skin, pairing them with an exfoliating soap will have a rough effect on your skin.

4. Use exfoliating gloves to massage your body from shoulders to toes

Exfoliating Gloves Benefits
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To get on with the actual purpose of this guide which is how to use exfoliating gloves, you can now begin massaging your skin with the exfoliating gloves in a gentle circular motion.

This way is best because the gloves are able to rid your skin of as many dead skin cells as possible as opposed to scrubbing or rubbing them in no exact pattern. Start this massaging technique from your shoulders, hopefully, you’re in no rush- it’s best to take it slowly and gently.

Don’t forget to exfoliate your neck as well, massage your knees, elbows, knuckles, and feet properly using the exfoliating gloves, since those mentioned spots are usually darker, paying special attention to them is required.

It’s easy to forget to scrub your back so this is a gentle reminder, make sure you wash your back properly using the exfoliating gloves.

This is not a bathing tutorial or guide but please make sure you wash your armpits unfailingly, if the lather has been reduced on the gloves, wet it and add a few pumps of soap again and wash your body thoroughly but gently to avoid irritation.

5. Dry your body with a towel and moisturize your skin

How to Use Exfoliating Gloves

After massaging your skin with the exfoliating gloves, next you would need to dry your wet body so that you can moisturize it. Use a dry towel and gently pat your skin dry, we’re assuming you have a moisturizer ready to be used to seal the process of exfoliating.

Apply some moisturizer to your skin and massage it in softly, this will leave your skin feeling new, soft, and refreshed. It is also certain to provide protection for the new skin cells that have been exposed after the dead skin cells were gotten rid of by the exfoliating gloves.

A good body lotion can also be used to moisturize your skin, make sure you use it on every part of your body that was exfoliated. 


Everyone loves having soft and supple skin, and exfoliating with a pair of exfoliating gloves while following the steps listed above is one of the best ways to have your skin looking and feeling great.

You just need to make sure you exfoliate gently, pay attention to the rough parts of your skin, moisturize after the process is completed and do not forget to rinse your exfoliating gloves properly after use to get rid of the dead skin cells and dirt it must have gotten off your skin.

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