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How to Use Exfoliating Gloves on Face/Legs? (Detail Guide)

By Laura
September 3, 2023
7 minutes
How to Use Exfoliating Gloves on FaceLegs

Do you want to take your skin exfoliation game to the next level? Are you attracted by the exfoliating mitts you see everywhere on self-care TikTok? So, are you wondering if are they really worth the hype and want to give it a try?

Well, let us tell you that exfoliating gloves can be your favorite skin exfoliation product if you use them right. However, using them wrong can make your skin irritated and dry.

Let us find out the right way to use exfoliating gloves on the body and the face. So, here is your detailed guide on how to use exfoliating gloves on the delicate skin of the face and a bit stronger skin of the body, especially the legs.

Without further ado, let us get into it. 

Table of Contents:

Part 1: What are Exfoliating Gloves?

What are Exfoliating GlovesBefore knowing how to use exfoliating gloves, you must be aware of what they actually are. Exfoliating gloves, also known as exfoliating mitts, are gloves made of nylon having a texture. 

The roughness and coarseness of the gloves vary depending on different types of products. However, all of them are designed to physically remove the dead skin cells from the body.

They work similar to that of an exfoliating brush. But they are more gentle and effective at exfoliating the skin. On the basis of the use, these gloves are classified into facial exfoliating gloves and body exfoliating gloves. 

Part 2: What are the Benefits of Exfoliating Gloves?

Just like a body scrub, sea salt water, exfoliating brush, and other products used to improve the texture of the skin, exfoliating gloves have several benefits. These are given below.

Skin Exfoliating

Skin ExfoliatingThe basic usage of exfoliating gloves is skin exfoliation as the name implies. The coarseness of the gloves gently removes the superficial layer of dead skin cells from the body and the face. This is actually the friction effect which works to exfoliate the skin.

In addition to dead skin cells, these gloves remove the impurities that are embedded in the deep layers of the skin and regulate oil production as well.

Improving Blood Circulation

Along with skin exfoliation, exfoliating mitts massage the skin as you move them in circular motions with soft hands. Massaging the skin stimulates the muscles and blood vessels. Thus, it improves blood flow through the subcutaneous layers of the skin leaving your skin feeling alive.

Treating and Preventing Cellulite

Treating and Preventing CelluliteCellulite is a skin condition in which the skin has dimpling and a rough texture. It occurs because of the accumulation of fat cells under the surface of the skin because of the loosening of the skin. 

Exfoliating gloves help in getting rid of cellulite along with preventing it by mobilizing the fat and tightening the skin.

Reducing Acne

These gloves remove impurities from the skin, unclog the pores, and also help in shrinking the pores. Clogged pores having bacteria cause acne. So, when your skin is clean and the pores are clear, there is a reduced incidence of acne.

Enhancing Absorption of Skincare Products

Fresh skin having no top layer of dead cells absorbs the skincare products more efficiently. So, you can get the best out of the skincare products by the regular usage of exfoliating gloves.

Part 3: How to Use Exfoliating Gloves on the Face?

In contrast to what you might assume, exfoliating mitts are designed for facial exfoliation as well. They can be used all over the face except lips because the skin here is thinner. 

So, you can find ways to exfoliate your lips at home here. Below are the steps to exfoliate your face with exfoliating gloves.

Get a Pair Of Gloves Made for the Face

Get a Pair Of Gloves Made for the FaceThe gloves designed for facial exfoliation have smaller bristles and are gentler in texture. So, make sure you get the right pair of gloves if you are planning on using them on the face.

Such gloves can be bought with the name of “facial exfoliating gloves or light-level exfoliating gloves”. 

Wash Your Face

The next step is to cleanse your skin to remove makeup, other products, and impurities and wash your face with lukewarm water. It will prepare your facial skin for the gloves to work. 

Dampen the Gloves and Put Exfoliating Product on Them

Dampen the Gloves and Put Exfoliating Product on ThemYou should also wet the exfoliating mitts with warm water to make the coarse texture of the glove less abrasive and more gentle for delicate facial skin. Then apply your facial cleansing solution, face scrub, or any other exfoliating product on the gloves. Use a moisturizing product for exfoliation.

Exfoliate the Face

Move the fingers of the gloves in circular motions on the face. Start from your cheeks and move to your chin and forehead while continuing the circular motion. Exfoliate each area of the face for about a minute and do not miss any part other than the eyes.

The area around the eyes has thin skin and cannot take the friction caused by the gloves.

Rinse the Face

Once you see that most of the dead skin cells have been removed from the face by turning into flakes, wash the face with lukewarm water to remove such cells and the residues of your exfoliating products.

Moisturize the Face

You are done with the exfoliation. Now it is time to pat your face dry with a soft towel without rubbing and moisturizing it with a face cream or lotion.

Part 4: How to Use Exfoliating Gloves on Legs?

Although the procedure of using the exfoliating gloves on the legs is the same as that of the face, there are some subtitles differences. So, let us see the detailed guide on using exfoliating gloves on the legs below.

Get a Pair of Gloves Made for the Body

Get a Pair of Gloves Made for the BodyFor the body, medium or heavy-duty exfoliating gloves work the best because the dead skin cells on the body are stubborn as compared to that of the facial skin. So, buy gloves designed for use on the body. Here are the best exfoliating gloves for the body

Wash Your Legs

Wash your legs thoroughly with warm water and a shower gel/body wash to remove the impurities, excess oil build-up, and sweat from the legs. The best option is to take a bath and exfoliate the legs at the end of your hot/warm shower.

Wet Your Body and Gloves

Your body with already be wet at the end of washing the legs. So, immediately damp your gloves with warm water before your skin dries. 

Apply Body Scrub on the Gloves

On the gloves, apply a few drops of the shower gel again, rub them on the soap, or just take a little of the body scrub. Now you are well-prepared to exfoliate your legs.

Use the Gloves on Legs in Circular Motions

Use the Gloves on Legs in Circular MotionsStart from the thighs and move your hands in a circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Then move down towards the feet. Carefully examine that you have left no section of the legs without exfoliating.

Moreover, apply more pressure on the gloves than you applied on the face because the skin on your legs can take more and it is the right way to ensure that all dead skin cells and dirt stuck in deep layers of the skin are removed.

Wash and Moisturize the Legs

Rinse your legs without using any product this time. It will help in removing the residual product and exfoliated skin cells from the legs. Then pat the legs dry and apply your favorite moisturizer on them.

Wash the Gloves, and Dry, and Store them

Wash the Gloves, and Dry, and Store themThe final step in both cases is to wash the gloves while removing the exfoliating product and cells from them as well. Make sure they are completely clean before hanging them to dry.

Once they are dry, store them in a cool and dry place to prevent bacteria and other microbes from growing on them until your next use. Also, a pair of gloves works well only for a month or two.

Part 5:  How to Improve the Texture of the Skin in Addition to Exfoliating It?

Removing dead skin cells, excess oil, and impurities from the face is great as it improves the absorption of the skincare products and the texture of skin allowing you to put the makeup on smoothly. However, do you want to know what else can add to the effect of exfoliation?

It is the facial and body hair removal that makes your skin so smooth that makeup applies like that of butter and your legs glow without any product. So, we suggest you try the Ulike Sapphire Air3 IPL hair removal handset to get rid of unwanted hair effortlessly and nearly painlessly.


Exfoliating gloves are a new addition to the products used for exfoliation and they are better than other products for being less harsh and more effective for exfoliating the face and body.

To use the gloves, you need to buy the right product, wet your skin and the gloves, apply a few drops of scrub/soap, and massage the skin in circular motions with the gloves. Within a few minutes, your skin will be healthy, bright, and radiant.

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