A body scrub not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also makes your skin glow while reducing ageing. Well, let’s take a look at how you can add it to your shower routine.
If you were confused by seeing salts, sugars and milks in the bath and body aisle the first time, you are not alone. Body scrubs make use of rough and granular ingredients like sugar, salt or even coffee to exfoliate our skin. Yes, you can actually scrub out the dead skin cells along with the usual grime and dirt of the day to give way to clear and glowing skin. It is suitable for all skin types and also provides a calming sensation, making it a therapeutic process.
Benefits of a body scrub
While you can use your usual soap or body wash, a scrub deep cleanses your body. Thanks to the rough texture, it helps remove dead skin cells and also stubborn dirt. On top of it, the subsequent blood circulation helps in stimulating new skin cells that restore the natural glow of your body. You know what that means – an even skin tone. No more tan lines or black patches on your knees and ankles. It even slows down ageing as scrubs contain antioxidants. It repairs weak skin cells, encourages collagen production and tightens the skin to reduce fine lines and open pores. If you have dry skin, it hydrates your body from within and reduces dryness and flaky skin.
Guide to best body scrubs
Did you know that there are tons of body scrubs formulated for different skin types and conditions? If that wasn’t all, you can also make them with items lying around your kitchen. Well, from some popular scrubs to how to make a DIY scrub, we are here to guide you.
The Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Kiwi Seeds contains kiwi seeds which brighten the skin while aloe vera gel is known to fight blemishes. It has a rich and creamy texture so that you don’t have to worry about it being too rough on your skin. This plant-based scrub also acts like a moisturising cream and has a velvety fragrance. It effectively removes dead skin cells and amps up the process of a new and glowing layer of skin.
The Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Crushed Macadamia acts on two levels as it not only exfoliates dull and dry skin but also nourishes it. It even contains skin-natural nutrients to aid the growth of new skin cells. It is also gentle and moisturising for all skin types as it has small scrubbing beads that do not redden the skin during exfoliation. It contains crushed macadamia nuts that help in fighting skin ageing while the rice milk brightens skin tone.
The Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Pomegranate Seeds is perfect for sensitive skin as it does not contain harsh ingredients and does not have a rough texture as seen in the usual body scrubs at home that you might make. It is also free of plastic microbeads and is soft on your skin making it possible for you to even use it as frequently as three to four times a week if needed for a smoother skin texture.
Scrub and wash combo
The Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beads Body Wash For Softer Smoother Skin is a two-in-one combo as it not only exfoliates the skin but also deeply nourishes it. It keeps your skin moisturised for a whole 24 hours after using it. It is made with nutrium moisture technology while also being paraben and sulphate free. This gentle cleanser is perfect for all skin types as it contains a plant-based moisturiser and also helps in maintaining our pH levels.
Sea salt scrub
Another body wash and scrub combo that we love is the St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Wash as it takes the usual sea salt body scrub and gives a twist to it. It also acts as a body wash and contains Pacific kelp and other natural ingredients. The kelp purifies the skin from within while the sea salt gets rid of dead skin cells. It also happens to be paraben-free and is dermatological-tested. It deep cleanses and exfoliates the body while smoothening our skin.
Kick off your day by not only drinking coffee but exfoliating with it. Caffeine actually helps dissolve cellulite as it has the ability to dilate blood vessels. This helps in tightening flabby skin and smoothening dimples, especially near your thighs and hips. Add sugar and coconut oil to your homemade scrub to also slough off the ingrown hair and even skin tone.
Mix two tablespoons of ground coffee with a tablespoon of sugar and coconut oil. Add a couple more drops of coconut oil if the paste is too dry.
First, apply the paste generously to your body. Then get to massaging it in circular motions to exfoliate your skin.
Rinse the scrub off with warm water.
Lavender is not only a favourite for its calming and refreshing properties. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and smoothens wrinkles and blemishes. It works for both oily skin, as well as dry skin. Add sugar to your scrub as the granules scrub off the dead skin cells while locking in moisture into the skin.
Add 1/4th cup of coconut oil to a cup of sugar. Add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil to it.
Mix the paste well by stirring it. You can also add dried lavender buds for a more granular texture.
If a little bit of the scrub is left after using it, you can store it in an air-tight container.
How to use a body scrub
It is quite easy to scrub your body using your hands, a clean loofah or a body brush. You can use the scrub to exfoliate your body at least twice a week. We’d recommend adding it to your nighttime routine as sleeping helps the skin regenerate and repair weak skin cells. It also makes sure that your skin which is sensitive after a scrub does not face the wrath of travelling and pollution.
First, rinse yourself with body wash and warm water.
Take small amounts of the scrub for each body part and gently rub it on your skin in circular motions.
Scrub every part of your skin for 30 seconds.
After exfoliating your whole body, rinse off the scrub with warm water.
Go ahead with the rest of your usual shower routine.
Make sure to pat your body dry instead of roughly towelling yourself.
Moisturise your body after your skin is completely dry.
FAQs about best body scrubs
Can I use a loofah for scrubbing?
Yes, you can but always use a clean loofah. If you do not clean your loofah thoroughly after an exfoliating session, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Do I use soap before or after a scrub?
For the best body scrub routine, we’d suggest using the soap first. The soap or body wash helps lodge out the dirt and dead skin cells as it acts like a base for the scrub.
Can I use a body scrub on my face?
No. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body parts. For a face scrub, there are other products and DIY scrubs that are specially made for the face.
Now that you know of the best body scrubs and their benefits, what are you waiting for? Get to exfoliating your skin at least twice a week for clear and glowing skin.
Written by Lopa K on Aug 19, 2022