Skin Scrubs: Top 5 Benefits
Michela Marra | Friday March 23rd 2018
Scrubbing a must for me. I do it while I shower or when I take a relaxing , no matter the season, and scrubs have been a steady part of my beauty routine for quite a few years now. I do them once or twice a week, depending on my body’s needs (and my face as well, a scrub is applied everywhere). Each time, I feel as if my skin has been given new light, and totally regenerated.
How do scrubs work?
Basically, scrubbing exerts a gentle abrasive action on the surface of the skin (the stratum corneum, the skin’s outermost layer). Thanks to this, dead cells are removed and tissues are renewed.
Why are scrubs important?
A scrub will thoroughly clean and revitalize skin. However, this is not the only benefit: active ingredients in different treatments penetrate skin more efficiently after a thorough cleansing. This means that after a scrub, if you apply an anti-age serum or firming cream it will work much more effectively (and the secret to a good skincare routine is to apply a serum before your cream in order to increase the benefits).
Here are my top 5 reasons I’ll never stop scrubbing (and why you should, too):
For cleaner skin
No cleanser or toner is able to remove dirt as deeply as a scrub can. Also, scrubs help counter oily T-zones.
Our advice: pairing a scrub with a cream cleanser or pore minimizer.
Goodbye to spots and dull skin
Scrubs eliminate dead cells that make skin appear dull and can contribute to the appearance of dark spots.
Our advice: after using a scrub, before leaving the house, apply sunscreen with a high SPF on your face — it is your best ally against dyschromia!
Acne? A distant memory
Regular exfoliation helps eliminate acne scars (and acne itself). All you need to do is choose a gentle product.
Our advice: besides scrubs, don’t forget to use a cream specifically targeting these types of imperfections.
Prevent ingrown hair
Ingrown hair is a problem for all women, and exfoliation is an excellent way to fight it.
Our advice: you can use a homemade body scrub following this recipe. Fill a cup with a bit of sugar and add the juice from two lemons along with some water and a drop or two of tea tree oil which has antiseptic properties. You can use this mixture up to three times a week for effective results.
For smoother skin with improved texture
Who doesn’t want smoother skin? A scrub will make getting smoother skin seem like child’s play.
Our advice: if you love DIY solutions, mix a cup of chopped almonds with two spoonfuls of honey and yogurt.
Do you want to try making quick and easy homemade scrubs? Here are three recipes that we’ve tried making and recommend.
Coffee and lemon vegan face and body scrub
100 gr of coffee grounds
200 gr of sugar
1 spoonful of cornstarch
Pour moist coffee grounds into a bowl. Add the juice of 4 lemons and a spoonful of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients well and eliminate any extra liquid using a strainer. Add sugar. After having mixed again, apply to face massaging gently.
Poppy seed clay scrub
200 gr of white clay
100 gr of oatmeal or rice flour
25 gr of almond flour or finely chopped almonds
25 gr of dried lavender, chamomile, rose or calendula flowers, chopped
10 gr of poppy seeds
3-4 drops of lavender essential oil
As with the previous scrub, you’ll just have to mix all of the ingredients together to obtain a mixture that you will apply to your face and body along with a few drops of water to help with the massage.
Mint face scrub
100 gr of sugar
30 gr of rice oil
1 spoonful of malted corn
5 drops of mint essential oil
Mix all ingredients together to obtain a homogeneous, spreadable mixture. If necessary, add a bit more oil. Apply the scrub in small doses (if you have sensitive skin, don’t use it more than once a week).