If there's one thing we really enjoy doing, it's answering your questions on skin care! And one question that's been asked a lot in the last few months is: Can I use a face scrub daily? Isn't it supposed to be just once a week? While we've answered this on WhatsApp & Facebook to those who asked, we thought of sharing the answers (to this and many other questions about scrubs) through this post. Don't miss the bonus tips at the end :) Off we go!
Yes & No.
The main job of a scrub is to remove the surface layer of dead cells which is accumulated over a period of time due to pollution, hard water, sun exposure etc.
YES: if you’re using a cellulose- or jojoba-wax based scrub which is mild. You can use it daily since the scrub particles are gentle and will not over-exfoliate.
NO: if you’re using a walnut/apricot or dermabrasion-based scrub, then just once-a-week usage is recommended. For slightly mature skin, you could scrub twice a week since the cell renewal process slows down with age and scrubbing more frequently will aid the process.
New age face washes with active ingredients actually do a great job of cleansing face as well as fighting dead cell build-up. However, using a face wash with gentle scrub adds a physical dimension to the cleansing process, making it more effective. If you are young and mostly stay indoors, you are quite set with a face wash-cum-scrub, or even just a face wash, and can skip weekly scrubbing completely. Use a face mask once a week instead, to get going on the exfoliation.
However, if you are above 30 or spend considerable time in the sun or in traffic, then your skin definitely needs a weekly scrub and mask in addition to daily cleansing. This will keep your skin in top condition for years to come!
It is common to feel your skin is stretched, or dry, after you use a scrub for the first time, and that's because your skin got exfoliated after a long time. And it possibly also scrubbed out the lipid layer that protects your skin from getting dry. But it's nothing to worry about. Use a moisturizer on your skin to re-hydrate it. After a few applications, your skin would reach a "steady state" and wouldn't feel stretched - in fact you will love the softness that comes in after scrubbing.
However, a general word of caution: if you experience redness or extreme irritation with any product, don't subject your skin to it - stop using it immediately.
Again, Yes & No. You could be allergic to one of the scrub ingredients, any of the actives or there is a possibility that the scrub particles irritated your skin. Another common reason for the breakout due to scrub usage is over-scrubbing.
The solution: Use the scrub maximum once a week & go for soft scrub particles, avoiding hard nut-shell powder scrubs. And maybe scrubs are not for you: you can simply skip the scrub and go for a gentle face wash-cum-scrub (and use a face mask weekly) to get your dose of exfoliation.
Well, both are equally good. If you have oily-acne prone skin then it's good to go for a foaming scrub and if your skin is dry, go for a cream-based scrub. Additionally, look for good active ingredients in your scrub.
Bonus tip: It is a good idea to scrub in the evening. Our skin is very tender after scrubbing so it’s recommended to keep it away from sun-exposure for a few hours. If you have to scrub in the morning, use very good sun protection after the scrub.
Bonus bonus tip: For a parlour-style clean-up, follow up your scrub with a face mask! But do this not more than once a week.
And as always, feel free to write in if you have any more questions on anything skincare. You know where to reach us! Have a great day ahead & happy scrubbing!
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