Depending on the ingredients used, the body scrub you choose might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub. So what is a body scrub? How should you use it? When you finish reading this article, you will have the knowledge and skills to have fresher and more beautiful skin thanks to using the right body exfoliators.
In this article:
- What Is a Body Scrub?
- Body Scrub vs. Body Polish
- Body Scrub Benefits
- How to Use Body Scrub to Exfoliate
What Is a Body Scrub and How Does It Work?
This is easier to understand if you have read our guide on how to use body polish. A body scrub is an exfoliating skincare product made of abrasive materials mixed with massage oil and an essential oil. The abrasive materials could be sea salt or sugar. The scrub that uses salt might be called a salt scrub, or salt glow or sea salt scrub.
As you apply body scrub as a spa treatment, the skin is exfoliated. It becomes fresh, smooth, moisturized, and soft.
The process of using body scrub is usually done in a wet room. The room floor is usually tiled and drained. And a therapist is available to handle the process.
You may be offered disposable underwear. You will lie on your stomach over a massage table, with you facing downwards. The table could be covered with a towel, a sheet or a thin piece of plastic. Or it could be a special wet table. It’s better if the table has a Vichy shower overhead, as you won’t need to stand from the table to wash the scrub off.
Gently, the therapist would begin to massage or rub the body exfoliant on your back, the backs of your arms, your legs and feet. After she has successfully massaged the scrub on your back, you will face up for her to work on the other side.
After the therapist has worked on your body with the scrub, you will step up in a shower to wash off the scrub. If the room has a hand-held shower or a Vichy shower, it gets easier.
While you are in the shower, the therapist will replace the sheets on the treatment table with a clean sheet. You will return and lie over the table again to dry off. The therapist completes the process and applies lotion or body oil on your body.
Body Scrub vs. Body Polish
The use of body polish is different from that of body scrub. If you look at the purpose, you can spot the difference.
- Body scrubs are made of abrasive ingredients, and it can be a traditional oil-based scrub. When you use a body scrub, it will exfoliate the skin and cleanse the skin altogether. And you can do it at home.
- Body polish will also remove dead skin cells and moisturize. But it is not made to clean. They are available in spas. And they are mostly used in preparation for other treatments such as seaweed or mud wrap.
Body Scrub Benefits
Whether you are using a homemade body scrub like we discuss in our another article or you have chosen from the best body scrubs from our list, do you know the benefits? Here is your chance to understand the reasons one bottle of a body scrub is necessary on your shelf, and why you should exfoliate regularly.
Body Scrub Exfoliates
The skin turns over about 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells every day if you don’t know. These dead skin cells cover the top 18-23 layers of your skin. If you use scrubs, you will remove a huge percentage of dead skin cells.
If you don’t use body scrubs, you are a living carrier of dead skin cells – many of it. The skin spends about 23 days to move dead skin to the top. Using body scrubs, such as salt scrubs, will bring out the new skin cells, and you will have fresh, youthful, glowing skin.
Massaging the scrub on your skin, the exfoliating granules will slough off dead skin.
Body Exfoliator Removes Toxins
First using it will improve natural blood flow and the circulation of bodily fluids. Rubbing body scrubs on your skin, the toxins and fats that may be held in the skin are removed easily.
It Improves Blood Circulation
The rubbing action will improve circulation and drain your lymph nodes. Blood flows to the skin’s surface easily. And after the shower, the oils and skin products you use will penetrate into the skin better.
Some Body Scrubs Moisturize the Skin
Usually, body scrubs will have moisturizing oil in the ingredients list. The common is olive oil. The oils will penetrate the skin and moisturize it.
It Brings out a Youthful Appearance
The use of body scrubs will improve the skin appearance to become fresh and youthful. For cellulite and stretch mark-prone areas, you should use coffee scrubs. The caffeine in coffee assists with skin regeneration, acts as a vasodilator, and helps to constrict blood vessels in the skin. The blood vessels tighten and become firm. And yeah, the skin texture becomes smooth.
It Relieves Stress
After a hard day of being stressed out, using a body scrub will relax the skin. Especially, if the process is carried out in a spa, your skin will relax and feel comfortable.
It Could Open Pores for More Nutrient Penetration
Regular body exfoliation will help prevent clogged pores. Clogged pores will not let in moisture into the deeper layers. So, exfoliate your body regularly and create attractive skin that has been deeply moisturized.
How to Use Body Scrub to Exfoliate
Once you have chosen a body scrub for your skin type, you have read the benefits and want to try it, you need a guide. You can exfoliate your body in two ways – mechanically and chemically.
Today, we focus on the mechanical exfoliation of the body, i.e. using body scrubs!
- Take a Bath
Take a warm bath or shower to open up the skin pores and allow more penetration.
- Scrub It
Use a textured sponge to wash the skin gently. This will help remove flakes of dead skin. Be gentle with the washing and rubbing of the sponge on your skin.
- Massage and Rub It
Ensure your hands are clean, then, scoop some of the product you bought on your palm. Massage the scrub into your skin or rub it over your skin like you would do a cream. Begin at the ankles and scrub upwards. Use some force but not too strong, else, you’ll cause damage to your skin.
- Use Scrubbing Tools
Cover your body with an adequate amount of body scrub. Then, gently and in circular motion exfoliate your skin using a soft brush or other scrubbing tools.
- Rinse off
Rinse the product off with warm water.
Use a body moisturizer after the process. It prevents irritation and increases hydration.
Alternative Exfoliating Means: Try Dry Brushing
- You won’t use water in dry brushing.
- Choose a soft but yet brittle brush.
- While naked under the shower, brush from your feet and your toes up to the top of your thighs. Brush in slow circular motions.
- Do the same from your stomach up to your chest. This is an extra sensitive area but will get desensitized as you master dry brushing.
- Repeat the brushing round your body, then, take your shower.
- After the shower, apply moisturizer on your body. Your skin will need much moisturizer, give it.
General Body Exfoliating Tips
- Choose body scrubs that have natural ingredients such as sugar, milk and salt.
- If you have dry skin, consider mixing the body scrub with body oils.
- Take a bath with warm, not hot water.
- Repeating the process of exfoliating your body regularly will give you the best results. However, avoid over-exfoliating by doing it daily, instead scrubbing twice or thrice a week.
- If you have irritated or sunburnt skin, avoid using body scrubs! Instead, just use your regular body wash only.
- Stay out of the sun after the exfoliation.
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