Due to several reasons, including high levels of pollution and stress, your skin is aging faster than ever before. In such a scenario, regular and disciplined skin care is essential to maintain skin health and delay the process of aging. Make scrubbing a part of your skincare regimen to get a youthful and energized skin.
The role of scrubs in your skincare
Besides pollutants, your skin also gets clouded by dead skin cells. Every day, your skin sheds thousands of cells naturally, which makes way for the production of new cells.
Most of the dead cells fall off eventually, but some tend to remain on your skin. Over time, they accumulate on the surface of the skin, thereby causing dullness and accelerating aging. Washing your face or cleansing can remove dead skin cells, but stubborn ones still keep sticking to your skin. This is how exfoliation works.
It is essential to remove the dead skin cells to expose the new cells underneath and, also, to unclog the pores. Using a scrub for exfoliation helps remove the dead skin cells thoroughly and paves the way for new, young cells to appear. Thus, exfoliation can remove dullness and dryness of the skin and make it smooth and bright.
Another benefit of scrubbing is that exfoliation helps the skin absorb moisturizers and other skin-nourishing products. Applying products on dull skin will fetch you no results, as the products will not be able to even penetrate through the dead surface. It would be similar to using a nourishing lotion on dead skin.
Choose the scrub to suit your skin type
- Dry Skin: A cream-based scrub is best suited for dry skin as it remains gentle as well as more effective in adapting to the dry skin. The result is a more efficient removal of dead skin cells and a better-nourished skin.
- Oily Skin: Look for a gel-based scrub if you have oily skin because it does not make your skin oily any further and, in fact, mattifies it. It also helps control the production of natural oils and ensures that there is no excess of sebum.
- Sensitive Skin: Since sensitive skin is prone to acne and irritation, never exfoliate it with abrasive scrubs. Instead, choose a gentle product with natural ingredients. A scrub containing salicylic acid or green tea extracts works well for sensitive skin.
What type of scrub would you want?
Depending on their nature, there are a few types of scrubs, which also include physical and chemical exfoliators and abrasives.
Physical exfoliators include grainy scrubs, while chemical ones contain gentle acids such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). Chemical exfoliators are gentle on the skin, used in small concentrations, and give excellent results. Milk and glycolic acid also contain AHAs, so look for these ingredients, too, while choosing a scrub for your skin type. Chemical scrubs may not be suitable for sensitive skin, and, thus, must always be patch-tested before the usage.
Abrasive materials used for scrubbing, include clothes and loofahs.
How often should you use the face scrub?
You can exfoliate your skin twice or thrice a week, keeping into consideration how your skin accepts it. Those with dry or combination skin can use a scrub thrice a week. If you feel any discomfort in the second or third scrubbing, then reduce the number of times you do it. Those with sensitive skin should use a scrub only once or twice a week. They should also refrain from using scrubs with beady particles and, instead, go for mild scrubs.
Those with oily skin can exfoliate thrice or even five times a week, but again, it would depend on how an individual’s skin takes it.
How should you use a face scrub?
Take a coin-sized quantity of scrubbing lotion onto your palm and massage it all over your skin using gentle movements. Spare the area near the eyes as the skin there is extraordinarily delicate. Ensure you have covered all your face. Then, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Pat it dry and apply a moisturizer to lock in the benefits of the scrub. Using a face scrub with SPF would be ideal for the morning routine.
First thing, first! Choose a gentle scrub with natural ingredients. Some scrubs contain plastic beads that aren’t right for your skin. A mild exfoliant is all you need to remove the dead cells. Although the skin on your body is thicker than the skin on your face, it still won’t be able to stand too much scrubbing or chemicals.
The usage of a body scrub is similar to a face scrub. Rub the scrub all over the body in small circular motions to ensure full coverage. Rinse off the product thoroughly. Clean off the scrub using your hands so that no part of it remains on your skin.
Apply a moisturizer after drying your skin.
What should you know before you use a scrub?
1. Do not overdo it
A scrub is not for daily use. You want to remove just the dead cells and not your skin; so, stick to once, twice, or thrice a week, keeping into consideration your skin type. Overuse of scrubs can result in acne and excessive dryness of the skin.
2. A few seconds and not hours
Spend only a few seconds or a couple of minutes while scrubbing. If you leave your scrub on your face or body for a long time, it will dry your skin and stimulate excessive sebum production.
3. No scrub on acne or wounds
If you have acne or an injury on your skin, avoid scrubbing over those areas. It will increase dryness, cause more inflammation, and even aggravate acne. If you use scrubs on wounds, it may lead to infection and delay healing. You can always exfoliate your skin once the wound is healed.
4. Avoid sun exposure
Do not expose your exfoliated skin to the sun, as the skin becomes sensitive after scrubbing and sun exposure could damage it further. Use a moisturizer and sunscreen, if you want to go out in the sun.
Skincare is essential not only to look good, but also to look and feel healthy, and that is why the products you use matter. While making a scrub a part of your skincare regime, you ensure that you have a cleaner and more polished skin. However, always remember that it is not about what products you use, but how you use them. Look for instructions on the pack of the product or listen to your skin and then use it accordingly. Your skin will thank you with glow and joy when you will give it what it requires.