Body scrubs are one of the quickest ways that you can leave yourself feeling like you just got a quick spa treatment. But often, for men and women, body scrubs can be used incorrectly, or used far too much. Read the article below by Anjali Agarwal at MensXP to find out how to use body scrubs in the best way possible, and feel refreshed at home or on the go.
The world of skincare is perplexing. It is almost like there is a fresh new skincare invention popping up everyday that claims to make your skin better than yesterday. There are millions of skincare products, half of which you don’t even know about and the rest half you are not sure how to use and what they do. However, the basic skincare essentials like cleanser, moisturiser, face scrubs and body scrubs should be in everyone’s (man or woman) bathroom shelf.
These products are just part of your basic skincare routine which is CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturising) and exfoliation. While cleansing with a face wash or soap helps remove impurities, sweat and dust, body scrubs, or scrubs in general, provide a better and deeper cleaning of the skin. A body scrub benefits skin by thoroughly cleansing it off deep-rooted dirt particles and oil and leaves it squeaky clean.
In case you are clueless about this skincare hero or wondering if you should invest in one, we are here to give you a glimpse on how they work and benefit your skin. For starters, yes, it is an important addition in the skincare regime for men as much as for the women. For men on-the-go, a body scrub is an absolute must to get rid of deep settled sweat, oil and pollutants that get accumulated into the skin while you are out and about.
So, let’s get into the know-how of body scrubs. Here is everything you need to know about these super cleansing exfoliators before you buy one.
What Exactly Is A Body Scrub?
Simply put, it’s a skin exfoliator. There are two types of exfoliants: mechanical and chemical. While the mechanical exfoliants work physically on your skin, chemical exfoliants like chemical peels use skin acids and enzymes to exfoliate. Body scrubs are mechanical exfoliants which means they need to be rubbed on skin manually to cleanse. It often contains ingredients with tiny granules or beads like sugar or salt that help with the better scrubbing of skin. Body scrubs prove to be a healthier and much safer option for sensitive skin since they are free of string chemicals and are natural with almost no side effects.
Body scrubs are a part of body care treatment which are used to exfoliate your hands, arms, shoulders, back, legs and feet. For your face, you get a separate scrub called face scrub since the skin on your face is relatively more gentle than the rest of your body. They could be in a gel form or creamy or powdery texture and could be oil-based or water based. You need to slather a small amount over your skin to reap the benefits. You don’t need a skin expert or derma for it, unlike chemical peels. You can DIY it conveniently at home.
How Does Body Scrub Help?
Body scrub benefits skin in more ways than one. It unlocks smoother and brighter skin by scraping off dirt, sweat, oil and deep settled impurities. If you are someone who has oily skin or sweats profusely in hot and humid climates, using body scrubs every alternate day during bath or even on a weekly basis can help curb body odour and grim and oily skin. Apart from this, they help remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate and refresh skin.
Another benefit of a body scrub is that it prevents body bumps and clears pores from within which are prime culprits for acne. If you experience acne on your body (back, butt or chest are the most common), a body scrub might be the solution to all your skin woes.
Plus, body scrubs have a combination of moisturising and cleansing ingredients which makes it a must-have skincare product all year round. At any given day, it will provide extra benefits than a soap or moisturizer alone can. Body scrub penetrates deeper into the skin and hydrates it from within. It is thus needed to make the most out of your skincare routine in all seasons. While it helps cleansing body sweat and oil in summers, it provides extra hydration and curbs dullness experienced in winters.
Types Of Body Scrubs
Beauty world is no stranger to body scrubs and thus they come in all shapes, sizes, formulations and textures. You could opt for natural body scrubsthat you can DIY at home or get one for yourself from the many options in the market. The right kind of body scrub can lift up your mood, make your skin look and feel good and also help you with better personal hygiene.
1. Homemade Body Scrubs
You can whip up a homemade body scrub with the ingredients that fit the requirements of your skin. Some most common natural ingredients for body scrubs are oatmeal, coconut, sugar, sea salt, banana, honey, yogurt and coffee. You can find these easily in your kitchen or pantry and use a combination of them as your DIY body scrub.
2. Store Bought Body Scrubs
There are umpteen options of body scrubs in the market as well if you don’t have the time to DIY. You can pick from various body scrubs like herbal, vegan, detox, salt based, sugar based and more from the shelf offered by brands. The options are endless. You can choose the body scrub according to your skin type and needs. The crux is that it should serve its purpose, which is leaving your skin smooth, hydrated and squeaky clean.
How To Pick A Body Scrub For Your Skin Type
Make sure you use a body scrub that suits your skin and doesn’t add up to your existing skin problems. People blessed with normal skin don’t have a problem and can go for any scrub so they like. However, if you are dealing with a particular skin problem like dull skin or acne, pick the one that targets the issue and improves the health of your skin. As far as choosing a body scrub for particular your skin type, here is how you get one according to your skin.
1. Dry Skin
If you have parched and extremely dry skin, use a body scrub with hydrating skincare heroes like natural oils and moisturising ingredients that leave your skin moisturised and soft after its use.
2. Oily Skin
For people with oily skin, get a body scrub that is non-comedogenic so it doesn’t clog your pores and is made with oil-zapping ingredients that also prevent acne like coffee, salicylic acid and more.
3. Sensitive Skin
If your skin type is sensitive, you have to be extra careful while picking a body scrub. Get one that doesn’t have harsh chemicals or granules that might end up harming your skin. Also, use it on your arm first to ensure it doesn’t itch and suits you well.
Dos & Don’ts Of Using Body Scrubs
Once you’ve zeroed down on the body scrub you want according to your skin type, its needs and issues, you need to know how to use it the right way for maximum benefits and make the most out of it. Here is how you should use a body scrub for healthy and smooth skin.
When & How Much To Use
Always use it on damp, cleansed skin. The best time to use a body scrub is while taking a shower. However, you need to use your soap or body wash to clean excess dirt and impurities off before exfoliating. After you’ve cleansed your body, take a dollop of body scrub in your hand and use it on your arms, legs, chest and back. Just like you use face scrub after using your face wash, a body scrub is also meant to be used after you have cleansed the skin on your body with soap.
The Right Way To Use
On the damp skin, rub the body scrub gently with your fingers in a circular motion.’Gently’ is the key word here. Since body scrubs have a grainy texture, rubbing them too harshly can harm your skin. Be very careful to not put excess pressure on the skin or you’ll end up with redness, scratches and even skin irritation. Scrub your skin with the product for around 20-30 seconds (not more than that) and rinse with warm water. You can also use an exfoliating glove to reach places you can’t with your hands like your back. Moisturise after patting it dry.
How Often Should You Use A Body Scrub?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about body scrubs. They are definitely not supposed to be used everyday since your skin needs exfoliation only a few times a week and overuse of it can do more harm than good. Using it once or twice a week is enough for most skin types but if you feel grimy or sweaty more often, you can use it thrice a week or every alternate day for refreshed and rejuvenated skin.
To sum it up, a body scrub is an essential body care product that deserves a spot on your bathroom shelf. So, investing in one that’s good for your skin and makes it look and feel healthier than ever.