Don’t Hate, Exfoliate: Your 101 guide on how to use body scrubs to get FAB smooth skin!
If your body care regime starts with a shower gel and ends at a lotion, it’s about time to step up your game! Know those days when your skin just looks super dull and doesn’t match your inner level of #LIT? Yup, that’s when you know you need to get buffing those dead cells off! So, what is the secret to get polished, smoothie-like skin, you ask? Including scrubbing in your routine is the answer. Exfoliating will get you to step out of your shower with your body feeling as smoooooth as a baby’s skin! ;)
There are many questions and myths around scrubs, but by the end of this post, you’ll have made up your mind to go and fish out the perfect scrub for your body. So let’s get polishin’ (pun completely intended!) everything you want to know about body scrubs.
Why do you even need a scrub?
The function of a scrub, as the name suggests, is literally to “scrub” away the dead skin cells that are making your skin look dull and unhappy! You will often see dry, flaky, and calloused patches built up on the top layer of your skin. Exfoliation is the process of getting rid of these dead skin cells. This improves your blood circulation and refines your skin by buffing away impurities, to unveil fresh and smooth skin that’s playin’ hide-and-seek underneath! A good body scrub really helps to reveal your skin’s natural radiance. Regular scrubbing can also be a great fix for blemished skin, tanning, and strawberry legs.
If you’re guilty of skipping a weekly scrub sesh, chances are that your sweet skin is falling prey to dehydration. And mind ya, no matter how much moisturizer you may cover yourself with, your skin will never absorb it as effectively as it would have, without that additional layer of dead skin. In a nutshell, you need to exfoliate for skin regeneration and to keep it healthy. Ciao ciao, dull skin!
But wait, how to kickstart an exfoliating regime?
Get your hands (and legs!) on a body scrub that suits your skin type. That’s right, folks! All scrubs don’t suit all skin types. You’ve got to figure what’s best for you and your bod! Look out for scrubs with effective, yet gentle exfoliants, such as, sugar, biodegradable cellulose beads, coffee powder, and walnut shells.
Normal, oily, and combination skin types should definitely go for gel-based or powder-based scrubs.
Dry skin woes keeping you away from exfoliating? Well, it’s high time you busted that myth! Look for moisturizing scrubs infused with nourishing butters and oils, that will polish and moisturize your skin, all at once — we promise, you’re going to go gaga over it!
Something to keep in mind: scrubs with a rocky texture are a big NO NO, as they tend to leave micro-tears on your skin.
Steps to follow for that good scrub-a-rub!
- Make sure that your body is damp, to avoid damaging your skin. (Use lukewarm to warm water to fetch that extra relaxed feeling!)
- Dig into the scrub, slather onto your body, and gently massage it on your skin in circular motions to slough away dead skin cells and impurities. Be gentle to that fab bod, y’all! Harsh scrubbing and buffing can actually damage your skin.
- Concentrate on one part of your body at a time to not miss exfoliating any inch! (YASS, LOVE. EVERY. INCH!)
Rinse off with water, and say aloha to smooth, glowing skin!
Pro-tip: Follow up with a moisturizing body lotion or a post-shower body oil right after! These will be absorbed more rapidly and effectively by your skin after scrubbing, giving you a FAB glow!
Do you need to scrub every time your hop in to bathe?
Not at all! In fact, you should not be using body scrubs more than twice a week. Your skin, being super delicate, can actually get damaged from over-exfoliation, leading to irritated and dry skin. It is also quite possible to strip away your skin’s essential oils, and fam, we do not want to go down that road!
Hey, you. You’re now one step closer to fetch yourself clear, luscious, and smooth skin. Should we say welcome to the Scrub Club?! Well, “glow” on now, give that FAB bod the pamper sesh that it deserves and get scrubbin’!