Why should you use a body scrub?
With the runaway success of several brands offering exfoliant products in the market, you may be asking why you should use a body scrub? In this short post we’re going to detail a few reasons so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not to use a body scrub, and how you can get the most out of it if you do.
What is a Body Scrub?
So I’m sure by now you’ve heard of a body scrub, body exfoliant or body polish? Well if you haven’t, they are all the same thing – an exfoliator.
A body scrub is a popular body treatment that assists in the shedding of dead skin cells and reveals supple, younger skin while at the same time moisturises and hydrates. Body scrubs typically include ingredients that are gentle abrasives such as sugar, salt, coffee, oats or nuts. These are then combined with a moisturising oil, cream or aromatic essential oils.
Why Use a Body Scrub?
Not only are body scrubs used to exfoliate your skin, they cleanse and moisturise at the same time. Your skin is left feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. When you apply the body scrub in circular motions, your body is being massaged which increases circulation and helps drain lymph nodes to increase blood flow. Body scrubs are also great for improving the appearance of cellulite and ageing skin.
Sugar is an amazing exfoliant for your skin and works for all skin types. It is gentler than salt and coffee so importantly, it’s perfect for sensitive skin. Sugar is full of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which is crucial in maintaining healthy skin. This active compound softens and loosens the dry, dead skin cells which form a barrier layer on your skin. All of this results in the outer layers being shed easily and revealing newer, younger skin. Sugar hydrates your skin as it is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment to your skin. It also actually cleanses your skin and doesn’t clog your pores. Lastly, the smell of sugar has been found to relax the mind.
BEST TIMES TO USE A SUGAR SCRUB
You can scrub both morning and night – whichever is most convenient. However night-time edges out in this race as you can keep your skin clean and moisturised for longer. If exfoliating in the morning many women will then proceed to put makeup over freshly clean skin and open pores. It is also less likely that you will touch your face in your sleep, transferring oils. If you only plan on applying a body-scrub to your body and not face.+-
Before getting a spray tan.
Scrubbing a day before a spray tan helps to get an even and more natural looking tan. By sloughing off dead skin cells, the tan is less likely to become patchy as it often darkens on drier skin. Improving the condition of your skin also helps the tan to last longer.
Exfoliating before waxing or shaving helps to lift up the hair allowing for easier removal. It also helps to prevent ingrown hairs, as dead skin cells can stop hair from growing through resulting in ingrowns.
Do not scrub sunburnt skin when it is red and tender. When sunburn is no longer sore to touch, use a body scrub in circular motions to gently remove peeling and sunburnt skin. Unlike many coffee-based scrubs, a sugar scrub should be gentle enough and not too abrasive. Make sure you moisturise afterwards!