How to Use Body Scrubs Correctly
There is a lot of hype about body scrubs and how effective they are. For someone who has never used
one, it can be confusing as to how to use it, where, how often, and which one to try. Using the scrub
in the wrong way can cause a painful experience rather than a relaxing one. Look at these tips on how
to correctly use body scrubs.
Defining Body Scrubs
A body scrub is a personal cleaning product with mild abrasive ingredients to exfoliate the skin. By
scrubbing the skin with it, dead skin cells are sloughed off and mild imperfections are removed. The
purpose is to rejuvenate the skin and give it a healthy glow. The ingredients most often used in scrubs
are sugar, apricot kernels, sea salt, coffee grinds, oatmeal and micro-beads.
For anyone with overly dry skin, avoid scrubs that use salt granules as they can further exacerbate the
issue. Sugar scrubs are extremely popular as the sugar granules are not overly abrasive and easily
wash away when rinsing the skin. Be careful with using body scrubs that contain ingredients like
coffee grinds as they can stain the skin and make a mess out of the bathroom. Avoid product that is
too cheap as the ingredients are of a lesser quality. Look for scrubs that contain shea butter, green
tea, or other organic products that are beneficial to the skin.
Facial Body Scrubs
The very terminology makes one cringe. Body scrubs and facial scrubs are two different products that
are not interchangeable. Body scrubs are intended for the torso, arms, and legs. They are not meant
to be used on the face. Body scrubs are more abrasive than facial scrubs since they use larger
granules. Product marked for use on the body is meant for the thicker skin. Facial scrubs are
intentionally designed to be gentler on the more delicate skin of the face. Typically, facial scrubs use a
milder cleansing agent, less acidic ingredients, and micro-beads to exfoliate.
How to Wash with A Body Scrub
Logic would dictate that the scrub would have directions on it explaining proper usage. However,
most just tell one to apply to the body in a circular motion while in the shower or tub. They also add
“For external use only.” Not a lot of help there.
The best way to do a scrub at home is to step into the shower or tub. Start with one part of the body
such as a leg. Put a small amount of the scrub in the palm of the hand and begin scrubbing in a
circular motion on the dry skin. Do not use an overt amount of pressure. The idea is to slough away
dead skin, not leave the skin raw. Be careful to be gentle where the skin is more delicate such as the
breasts or inner thighs. Do not forget about scrubbing the pads of your hands and feet. To reach the
back, use a long-handled shower brush.
When finished, step out of the shower or tub and start the water. Step back in and rinse thoroughly,
rubbing gently against the skin. Follow the exfoliation session with a moisturizing body lotion.