Benefits of a Body Scrub

When it comes to caring for your skin, for most of us, the face comes first. We will have a lineup of amazing face scrubs, luxurious shampoos and moisturizing conditioners but we tend to forget to give the rest of our bodies the TLC it requires. This is where a body scrub comes in, an essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, store-bought or homemade body scrubs are a must-have on your shower menu. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation and massage provides benefits that go beyond what a bar of soap can do.

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Health Benefits

Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. This process slows down as we get older; to give it a kick in the ass, reach for a body scrub.

Here is how it works

  • As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to remove dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Thus promoting growth of new skin cells and leaving your skin all nice and radiant.
  • It feels AWESOME in the moment. Paying attention to the refreshing texture against your skin and captivating scent that fills the bathroom allows you to enjoy the treatment as it’s happening—an experience that can lift your mood and affect your outlook as you continue your day or evening. I personally find myself slathering a bit more moisturize after my shower coz I can’t get enough of how awesome my skin feels.
  • I AM SO SOFT!

The different types of body scrubs

You will find that body scrubs have bigger particles than face scrubs as the rest of your skin isn’t as sensitive as your face. The most common ingredients in a body scrub are

Salt (Sea salt or Epsom Salt)

  • It’s packed with minerals that are key to healthy skin, such as magnesium, sodium, and calcium
  • Reduces blotchiness
  • Can help reduce and prevent acne
  • Improves skin hydration
  • And may even help your skin look more youthful

Coffee Grounds

  • Soothing
  • Exfoliating
  • Coffee contains Caffeine which helps tighten the skin, which can help reduce cellulite.

Sugar

  • Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin. So when you apply products with sugar or sugar derivatives, they’ll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.
  • Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin and breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin.
  • Glycolic acid is typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin
  • Sugar’s small particles make an excellent topical exfoliant, and are used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate dead surface skin cells and reveal the glowing, healthy-looking skin underneath.

Some include chemical exfoliants, like alpha hydroxy and glycolic acids, which can help smooth and firm skin, and salicylic acid, which can help improve the appearance of blemishes or redness. You can however achieve this by use of natural products which are rich in these compounds.

Adding your favorite essential oils to the mixture transforms your shower into an aromatherapy session.

How to Use a Body Scrub

If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit this to once a week.

Wet your body in the shower then shut it off. Apply the scrub generously on your skin then scrub/massage in circular motions paying attention to your knees and elbows. Once satisfied, rinse off the scrub using your hands to help remove any remaining granules. Then follow up with your normal shower routine,

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

When Not to Use a Body Scrub


If you have a sunburn or are experiencing a rash or other skin condition, give the body scrub a rest. Some of the ingredients—and the actual rubbing—could further irritate your skin. You’ll also want to skip it after shaving if your scrub contains salt or any chemical ingredients.

Here are some of my favorite DIY body scrubs you can make and use at home

1. Relaxing Lavender Body Scrub

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What you’ll need

  • 2 cups epsom salt (or sea salt)
  • 1 cup jojoba oil (or any non-comedogenic oil e.g. )
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • ¼ cup dried lavender buds
  • Jar

How to

Combine all ingredients together in a glass bowl, mix properly with wooden spoon. Scoop into jars and store in a cool, dark place. You can adjust the recipe for lesser or more quantities

2. Lavender Sugar Scrub

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What You’ll need

How to

Combine sugar and coconut oil in a large bowl. Stir until completely mixed together. Add lavender buds and lavender essential oil. Stir again. Package in air-tight containers.

3. Olive Oil Body Scrub

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What You’ll need

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup white or brown sugar
  • ½ cup ground oatmeal (or coffee grounds for a more invigorating scrub)
  • 1-3 drops essential oil (try lavender, almond, citrus or peppermint oils)

How to

Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a mason jar or other airtight container. Use just a quarter-sized amount at a time, storing the scrub in a dry place for up to three weeks.

4. Lime Body Scrub

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What you’ll need

  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (either Olive, Jojoba, Coconut or Rose hip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest (grated rind of a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (Squeeze it out of the lime)

How to

Mix together all ingredients. Store in airtight containers

5. Coffee Sugar Scrub

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What you’ll need

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Coffee Grounds (or finely ground coffee)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar (white or brown)

How to

Mix all ingredients together, store in airtight containers.

6. Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub

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What you’ll need

  • 1 Tablespoon Room Temperature Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Finely Ground Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt
  • 3-4 Drops Rose Organic Essential Oil

How to

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Scoop mixture into airtight jars.

Enjoy Organic Goodness!

 

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