Just like cleansing and moisturizing, exfoliating your skin with a scrub is an essential part of a well-rounded skincare routine. When used correctly, facial and body scrubs can revitalize your skin, restore your natural glow, and help with many things you probably never expected. In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about scrubs: what they are, their benefits, and how to use them.
A scrub is a skincare product that contains exfoliating particles that when massaged into your skin manually lift off dirt, dead skin, and other impurities. The exfoliating particles in a scrub are typically salt and/or sugar, which are coarse enough to remove dead skin cells, but gentle enough to not harm your skin.
The concept of using scrubs for skincare is centuries old. Egyptians combined exfoliating ingredients like alabaster particles and sand with oils and aloe vera to make body scrubs. The method has gained popularity in the modern skincare world in recent decades due to the many benefits it offers. Here are the top reasons you should use scrubs in your skincare routine.
Every day, dead skin cells build up on the surface of your skin, which can leave it looking and feeling dull and dry. A gentle, natural exfoliator removes this buildup, revealing newer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.
Your pores can get clogged from a buildup of sebum (naturally-occurring oil in your skin), as well as dirt, sweat, and dead skin cells. While facial cleansers are an important part of your skincare routine, they only clean dirt off the surface of your skin. Scrubs, on the other hand, pull out dirt, oil, and dead skin that clogs your pores. This action prevents unsightly blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
Facial and body scrubs gently exfoliate the skin, breaking down dry, dead skin while smoothing its texture. This aids in reducing the appearance of acne scars, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation, making the skin appear more uniform over time.
Think about it: if your skin has a thick layer of dead skin cells on its surface, your cleanser, serum, and moisturizer won’t be able to fully penetrate and nourish your skin. By removing this layer of dead skin cells, you’re opening the door for your other products to work their magic.
Typically, your skin regenerates every 25 to 30 days, but as you get older, this process starts to slow down. Gently massaging your face with a sugar scrub mimics the skin’s natural rejuvenation process, giving your skin new life.
Scrubs can be used on your face or body. If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a scrub up to three times a week. If, on the other hand, you have sensitive or thin skin, limit your exfoliating sessions to once a week.
For best results, choose a scrub that uses gentle exfoliating particles such as sea salt or organic sugar. You’ll also want to ensure the scrub you choose uses nourishing, all-natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, sesame oil, and olive oil as a base.
Sugar scrubs are best suited for more sensitive areas of your body like your face and stomach, while salt scrubs are best suited for rougher areas of your body such as your feet, elbows, and knees.
- If possible, start by taking a warm shower. The warm water and steam will help open up your pores.
- Take a sufficient amount of scrub in your hand and apply it onto slightly wet skin (face, body, or both).
- Gently massage the scrub in circular motions for a few minutes.
- Wash off the scrub with water after you’re finished massaging.
- Apply a moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp. We recommend our organic lotions which deeply nourish and hydrate the skin.
Using a scrub on your face and body is an essential part of any skincare routine. It helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and extra sebum oil from your skin. Not only does it deeply cleanse, it also provides a good dose of hydration. By choosing a high-quality, natural scrub and following the above-mentioned steps, you’ll soon notice a positive change in the texture and appearance of your skin.