When it comes to scrubbing, we all give our full attention to face but often neglect our bodies. Scrubbing your body is equally important as your face. Because we know how frustrating this is: Like you can literally see the dead cells on your body but can't do enough to get them out.
This is especially true in summer, as we like to wear short dresses and the UVA and UVB rays can impact our body, just like it does to our face.
So, what is the best way to deal with this? How to scrub our body the right way?
Here's everything you need to know about body scrubs and how you can best add them to your skincare routine.
Ps: And don't feel silly about it, if you searched for it. Getting it right will really help you get the most benefits.
Let’s get started!
What is a Body Scrub?
Body scrubs are mechanical exfoliants, designed to get rid of all the dirt from your skin with abrasive ingredients like salt and sugar. Most body scrubs include natural ingredients like fruit puree and essential oils to make your skin moisturized, hydrated and refreshing. Though our body naturally sheds dead cells over time, we can encourage this process by using such products.
Body scrubs can also help prevent ingrown hair, improves skin complexion, close and clean pores. That's particularly important if you do wax or shave, as old dead cells can easily get trapped in your skin follicles.
Using an exfoliator-like body scrub will help make your skin polished and refreshed. Don't believe this? Try this and you'll feel the difference.
Benefits of using Body Scrub
Our bodies are perfect, but when dead cells build up on the surface the result is dry, dull, and uneven skin. And the worst part is, the process slows over time, contributing to more buildup which is not easy to get rid of. Add environmental pollution, body stress, and UV rays, you have a recipe for itchy and rough skin.
As with any exfoliants, the prime goal of a body scrub is to remove dead skin cells and encourage your skin to regenerate faster and healthier. Depending on the product you use, a body scrub can help smoothen your skin, polish it, and draws out any impurities that result in dull and dry skin.
Some of the benefits of body scrub include:
- Soften your dull and dry skin
- Helps with clearing congestion
- Promote efficient skin cell turnover
- Freeing ingrown hair and smoothen bumps
- Removes dead skin cells from your skin surface
- Draws out any impurities and environmental pollution
How to use Body Scrubs?
Using a body scrub is super easy and safe, as long as you follow a few simple steps.
Step 1: Prepare your skin
First, you have to prepare your skin to make sure that the scrub does its magic. For this, soak your body underwater in the bath or take a shower. Make sure that your body is wet to get the full benefit of exfoliation.
Note: Some people recommend using dry exfoliators first, but it's not mandatory and should be only followed if you need it.
Step 2: Apply the Scrub on your Skin
Now, turn off the shower or stand up if you're in the bath. Open the scrub jar and dollop a generous amount of body scrub on your skin. Some body scrubs come with a wooden spoon for application.
Gently massage your skin in a circular motion. Start from your legs, then move all the way to the upper body. Make sure that you massage your body to get the most benefit.
Note: Bathtub/Shower can be slippery after using the scrub. Take care when applying!
Step 3: Work Scrub in your skin
Scrub your skin gently for about 30 seconds and then move to the other parts. For example, if you've started from your left thigh, then massage it for 30 seconds and then move to the right one. For best results, use our arabica coffee body scrub or shortbread cookie scrub.
When using these, make sure to gently work the product. You might feel a bit tingling at first, it's because of the sea salt doing its job. To complete the ritual, pair it with our goat milk lotion for extra moisturization.
Step 4: Rinse off your skin
Once you feel that you've covered your entire body, now is the time to rinse it off. Hop back into the shower or bath. Repeat the massaging in the bath to brush off any exfoliation particles that reside on your skin.
Do this all the way from top to bottom. You can also use your regular cleanser after this. And that's pretty much it - that is how to properly use a body scrub. It was fun right!
Pat dry your skin once you're out of the shower and use a gentle lotion or cleanser for extra moisturization.
Note: You can shave your skin as well after using the exfoliation.
Using body scrub is not something you should do every day. Because exfoliation includes the process of removing dead cells, it is recommended that you only do this 2-3 times per week. This allows your skin cells to regenerate properly, making sure that the natural elements work as normal.
You don't want to strip your skin moisture if you do it every day. Another tip is to use an exfoliation glove, to promote blood flow and make the process easier.
Dry Scrubbing vs Exfoliant scrubbing
It's a very common practice to first do dry scrubbing and then opt for the exfoliants, but it's not a pre-requirement. It's fine if you skip this process because most body scrubs contain enzymes to clean your body.
However, in case if you have a physical exfoliator, such as a glove or brush, you can just rub it on your skin surface and get rid of the top layer of your skin.
Prefer buying your skincare products? Want something refreshing and gentle for your skin? Try our Arabica coffee and cookie body scrub.
Arabica Coffee Scrub
Presenting one of the finest and most gentle body scrubs you can ever use, the arabica coffee body scrub is loaded with tons of benefits, ranging from exfoliation to making your skin look younger. Made with natural ingredients like Atlantic Sea Salt, Arabica Coffee, Avocado fruit oil, and other essential oil to moisturize, rejuvenate, and softens your skin.
The use of this body scrub will help with the reduction of cellulite and environmental toxins from your skin. Perfect for dead cells.
Shortbread Cooke Scrub
Made with organic lavender shortbread cookies, this body butter will help you scrub off the dead layer of skin on the first application. A gentle scrub to indulge with essential oils to leave your skin refreshed and feel like you just came out of the ocean.
Some of the key ingredients include cane sugar, organic shea butter, organic jojoba seed oil, rosehip seed, oil, and organic evening primrose oil. All of these ingredients are perfect for your skin.
Frequently Asked Question: Body Scrub
Is it important to use a moisturizer after using a body scrub?
Although body scrub packs essential oils to help with the rejuvenation process. However, the rinse-off process might take the oils off your skin. For best usage, it is recommended to use a body lotion for the hydrating and moisturized experience.
What is the best way to use a body scrub?
Start from your legs all the way to the upper body of your skin. If you feel mild tingling, let it stay for about 30 seconds. If the irritation increases, the body scrub is not for you.
When should I not use a body scrub?
People with very sensitive skin or medical conditions shouldn't use a body scrub. Consult with your dermatologist if you really want to use it. Make sure to do a patch test before application.
Can we use a body scrub after shaving?
It is recommended that you use body scrub or waxing after shaving to avoid a stinging sensation on your skin.