What Percentage of the Dust in Your Home Is Actually Dead Skin Cells?

What Can You Do About This?

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Your body constantly sheds dead skin cells. Your skin is meant to do this — to create new skin cells all the time and get rid of the old ones. For example, take a look at your legs. If your skin is dry, you'll actually see flaky skin that is easily brushed off. Those are dead skin cells. But just rubbing lotion on your legs will not get rid of them; you need to exfoliate on a regular basis in order to have smooth, hydrated skin.

Before we talk in-depth about exfoliating, we're going to share a little fact that might make you run and jump into the shower immediately to exfoliate your body thoroughly.

The Dust in Your Home Is ...

The percentage of the dust in your home that is actually dead skin cells is approximately 75 to 90 percent.

Dust lately?

Gross, right? According to The Boston Globe, 30,000-40,000 skin cells fall off you per minute, and on average 8.8 pounds of dead skin cells fall off your body per year. Wow.

Why You Need to Exfoliate Regularly

What can you do about the fact that your home is full of dead skin cells? You need to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating is simply a method, part of your skin care routine, that helps force those dead skin cells off your body. It can easily be done in the bath or shower. Just be sure to do it at least once or twice a week for best results.

By helping your body shed those dead skin cells you reveal soft, smooth skin.

Also, the lotion that you apply after your shower or bath will penetrate better and work more effectively, instead of just sitting on top of a layer of dead skin cells. Your skin will also have a great glow when you exfoliate regularly. And don't forget that you might actually have fewer dead skin cells around your house!


How to Exfoliate

There are many different ways to exfoliate your body:

  • Use a scrub made with sugar or salt, like Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub - Almond & Honey or Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil. You can also easily make your own body scrub by combining sugar with the oil of your choice, such as almond oil or even olive oil. Some people like to exfoliate with coffee, using products like Art Naturals Organic Arabica Coffee Scrub, which combines Dead Sea salts with coffee grounds. It's also possible to take your leftover coffee grounds from your morning pot of coffee, combine them with your favorite oil, and rub it on your legs and arms. Scrubs can be messy, so apply them in the shower only.
  • Try dry brushing: Dry brushing is pretty much what it sounds like. You use a brush, that is dry, all over your skin in order to remove dead skin cells. You start brushing from the feet up, in the direction of your heart.  Many people do this in the shower so that all the dead skin cells that are removed automatically go right down the drain.
  • Exfoliating Lotion: If manual exfoliation is not for you (that means using a scrub or a brush on your body to exfoliate), then consider getting an exfoliating body lotion. An exfoliating lotion contains acids that loosen dead skin cells so that they can slough off on their own. Try AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion.
  • Exfoliating gloves can be a fun and an easy way to exfoliate. Put the gloves on in the shower and rub them all over your body to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating gloves are also reusable and machine washable, which makes them very cost effective.

And make sure you remember to exfoliate two or three times a week. Be sure not to over do it though. You do not want to be left with red and irritated skin because you went over board with scrubbing your body.

Your face needs to be exfoliated as well, but that is a different process. You can find lots of tips on how to exfoliate your face.

Bottom Line:  Exfoliating might help reduce the amount of dust in your home, but the biggest benefit from exfoliating is the smooth, healthy looking skin you'll reveal.

Updated by Hanah Tetro