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Treated by Nature: How to Get Dead Skin Off Your Face at Home


It is one of those things you kind of wish you did not know, right? The first time I heard humans are covered in dead skin, I was disgusted. But, like with most gross or scary issues, the feeling eventually passes, and you move on with your life. Except with your body, especially with your face, you may no longer be grossed out, but you certainly want to do something about it. I know I did. I tried everything from harsh cleansers with salicylic acid to harsh scrubs with damaging ingredients that scraped my skin. Once I grew up and grew more interested in naturopathy, I began to make peace with my body, my face, and my dead skin cells. I learned that, yes, we can wash our dead skin cells away and make way for new, fresh skin to shine, but we can do it gently, and with love. 

Table of Contents:  

  1. Why Dead Skin Cells? Why?  
  2. How to Get Dead Skin Off Your Face: 5 Efficient Ways 
  3. What to Do After Dead Skin Removal 
  4. Helpful Products to Cleanse and Support a Healthy Face 

Why Dead Skin Cells? Why? 

It can be so frustrating to keep up with all the ways we must care for ourselves. Finding out you have dead skin cells to remove feels like one big “why????” But, alas, such is life. We get new information, and then we must decide what to do with it. So, here is the skinny on dead skin cells. As you may already know, the skin is the largest organ on the human body. Essentially, 15% of our body is skin. What you may not know is that our skin renews itself about once a month. We lose 9 pounds of dead skin cells in a year! Of course, much of those dead skin cells fly off your body. Much of the rest washes off in the shower. When it comes to the face though, many of us apply products to our face that may keep those dead skin cells in place instead of allowing them to freely remove themselves. It is at this point that our intervention must take place. We have to help those dead skin cells get off and stay off.  

How to Get Dead Skin Off Your Face: 5 Efficient Ways 

1. Wash Twice a Day 

First and foremost: wash your face twice a day. Even if it is just a quick wash and rinse with your favorite cleanser, wash twice a day. Wash in the morning to freshen up and prepare your face for the products you apply. Wash at the end of the day, before bed, to remove any products, and sleep on a clean pillowcase.  

2. Gentle Cleanser 

Yes, you must make sure you use a gentle cleanser. No fragrances or harsh chemicals as that will only cause damage to your skin, forcing your skin to repair itself more quickly, thereby creating more dead skin cells.  

3. Gentle Scrub 

A couple of times a week, you can replace your morning wash with a gentle scrub. Remember to use only an all-natural scrub that uses plant-based ingredients, so you don’t damage your skin. A scrub will help along any stubborn dead skin cells or flakes that are reluctant to leave.  

4. Soft Bristled Brush 

For extra shine, you can use a soft-bristled brush when you apply your gentle cleanser. Like the scrub, it will help lift and remove any dead skin not immediately whisked away by soap and water.  

5. Toner 

Toner can be a great follow-up to a wash and rinse. It removes any leftover traces of product, dirt, or dust still hanging out in your pores. It can make a real difference in the brightness of your skin.  

What to Do After Dead Skin Removal 

Now, once you have effectively washed, scrubbed, and toned your face, it is sparkling clean and free of dead skin cells. What do you do? Moisturize! Always moisturize your clean skin. I am a die-hard advocate of lotions and creams. Our bodies and faces take such a beating from toxins in the air, dry air, harsh winds, and brutally cold winters, they need help staying soft and hydrated. Lotions and creams go a long way toward supporting healthy skins. Just be sure, like always, use products that will not do more damage than good. Look for all-natural, plant-based brands. Especially for your face, which sees more “airtime” than the rest of your body does, it will pay off in dividends to moisturize with a plant-based cream after every wash. It also acts as a strong barrier against any harmful outside forces seeking to attack your freshly cleansed skin.  

Helpful Products to Cleanse and Support a Healthy Face 

I linked below a couple of natural, plant-based products that will help you wash, scrub, and moisturize your face in your quest to remove the dead skin from your face and keep your face in quality shape. I am loving this brand because of its dedication to healthy skin and solid self-care while also committing to a vegan mission. Win/win.  

Vitamin C Face Wash 

Vitamin C is such a great healer, so anything with this natural remedy in it is okay in my book. As a face wash, you can expect it to give you a gentle cleaning while also adding to your brightness.  

Coconut Hydrating Foaming Face Wash with Brush 

I love coconut oil for literally everything, so a facewash? Yes! Add the brush as a bonus and you cannot keep this product out of my arsenal. Expect a gentle clean, exfoliation, and moisturizer to boot.  

Coconut Perfecting Cream 

Have I mentioned my love of all things coconut oil? This time it comes in a cream, and what could be better than an ultra-moisturizing ingredient in a moisturizer? For me, nothing.  

In the end, you can find a whole range of products at the Wow Skin Science site that will support healthy skin and hair. On your journey to remove the dead skin check out the links above and take some time to browse other products. I may tout Vitamin C and coconut oil, but that is because those ingredients work for me. You may find you prefer activated charcoal or aloe vera for your self-care shelf. The bottom line is you cannot go wrong with all-natural ingredients clinically designed to help your skin and hair look and feel their best.  

Shanna Mendez

Shanna Mathews Mendez is a freelance writer and blogger on topics related to self-care, naturopathy, female empowerment, and motherhood. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children, where she enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, and studying herbalism and plant-based remedies in her free time. Drawing on her graduate degree in comparative literature and her own life experiences, she is currently writing her first book. She can be found online at her website

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