Scrub is a means for peeling, that is, for cleansing the skin from the stratum corneum. If applied correctly, the skin will become smooth, elastic and well-groomed due to the activation of cell renewal processes. We tell you how to choose a scrub depending on the characteristics of the skin and how to carry out a cleansing procedure without harm to health.
The principle of operation of scrubs
The scrub has a mechanical effect, tearing off dead skin particles. A change in relief for the better is noticeable after the first procedure. Since the skin is injured, the body produces an appropriate reaction — it produces collagen. It is this protein that is responsible for the strength, density and elasticity of the skin.
Scrubbing is often used as a complex therapy in the treatment of cellulite. Massage with abrasive particles activates blood microcirculation and lymph flow, as a result, excess fluid is removed and the skin is smoothed.
Peeling with a scrub cleanses the pores qualitatively, so that the active substances penetrate the epidermis more freely. Therefore, after the procedure, you should apply a caring or anti-cellulite cream, nourishing lotion or milk.
Which scrub suits your skin
Manufacturers usually use a gel, cream or oil as the basis of a scrub. However, it is not necessary to add a base, so you can use just salt for exfoliation: English, pink Himalayan or sea salt. In this case, after peeling, you need to apply cream or coconut oil to the body.
The same salt, sugar, berry seeds, rice grains, ground coffee, coconut flakes can act as an abrasive. The softer and less abrasive particles, the more gently the scrub polishes the skin.
The scrub may contain additional caring components:
- Coconut milk. Gives elasticity and tightens the skin, helps to restore it after sunburn or stress.
- Essential oils. Soften and nourish the skin, fight signs of aging, moisturize and tone.
- Extracts from medicinal plants. They work as natural antiseptics and antioxidants, have a regenerating and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Healing clay, algae and other natural ingredients that improve skin condition.
Cosmetologists recommend choosing a scrub based on the condition of the skin.
Oily skin. The best choice is scrubs with salt and ground coffee. Salt has an antiseptic effect, so that any inflammation heals faster, pores shrink, and skin tone increases.
Dry and thin skin. Scrubs with coconut flakes and other natural gentle ingredients are suitable for her.
Normal skin. You can choose any scrubs and alternate them to provide comprehensive care.
Skin prone to allergies. In this case, scrubs are needed that can soothe the skin and relieve irritation. The simplest option is Epsom salt without additives.
Pay close attention to your own feelings. For example, if you feel itchy, uncomfortable, or tight after scrubbing, change to a more gentle scrub or increase the time between treatments.
“Settle” the scrub in the bathroom so that it is always at hand. Scrubs for the face and body should be on the shelf, and for the décolleté and chest area, you should use a product intended for the face in order to eliminate unnecessary stretching of the tissues.
Indications for the procedure:
- peeling skin
- The appearance of comedones
- clogged pores
- Feeling «tired» or «congested» on the skin
The frequency of scrubbing depends on the type of skin. Oily skin can be cleansed in this way 1-2 times a week, dry skin — 1-2 times a month, followed by the application of a special care product, such as coconut oil.
Apply the scrub on damp, slightly steamed skin in circular massage movements, light and comfortable. A little more effort can be applied in places covered with «orange peel».
Do not forget to pay special attention to areas with rough skin: elbows, knees, heels. Gently massage your hands and feet so as not to hurt the cuticles.
Do not wash off the scrub immediately. Let the beneficial substances that are part of it have time to be absorbed. The procedure is best done before going to bed to allow the skin to calm down and not subject it to additional stress when going outside.
How not to spoil the skin with a scrub
- Before using the scrub, check to see if it will cause an allergic reaction. To do this, apply a little product on the elbow and leave for a few minutes. If there is no itching and redness, this scrub can be safely used.
- Choose a product with a quality abrasive. For example, apricot kernels, after careless processing, may have sharp edges that will scratch the skin. As a result, inflammation may occur or, if the abrasive damages the pimple, acne can develop.
- Do not overdo it. Use the scrub gently without excessive pressure. Otherwise, thinning of the lipid layer is possible, which protects the skin from the penetration of bacteria and viruses, aggressive components of cosmetics, dehydration and ultraviolet radiation.
- Don’t use a scrub instead of shower gel. Before scrubbing, the skin should be cleansed of sweat and dirt. If this is not done, pathogenic microflora can penetrate the microdamages left by the scrub and cause irritation.
- Consult a beautician or dermatologist if you have hypersensitive skin or have rosacea. The specialist will control the process of applying scrubs and, if necessary, replace the exfoliating agent.
When using scrubs based on Epsom salts, the risk of harming the skin is minimal. They have been tested for efficacy and safety. Salt gently exfoliates the skin and at the same time disinfects any micro-scratches. Organic ingredients combined with natural essential oils restore the lipid membrane and nourish the skin. Choose your scrub — help your skin always look fresh, well-groomed and radiant with health!