If you want smoother, softer-looking skin with a healthy glow, we recommend adding a body scrub to your skincare routine. This is what you need to know about body scrubs and how you can best use them for maximum benefits.
What is Body Scrub?
A body scrub is a type of physical exfoliant that often uses natural-based ingredients like sugar or salt to scrub away dead skin cells, revealing healthy-looking skin below the surface. As new, healthy skin cells are resurfaced, visibly brighter and smoother skin can be seen. Exfoliating ingredients are often combined with humectants in a gel or water-based formula to help the skin retain moisture.
Benefits of Using Body Scrub
Body scrubs encourage the appearance of healthy and beautiful skin. Some of the main visible benefits include:
- Softer more supple skin
- Helps to draw out impurities
- Nourishes rough, dry skin
- Can help ease hair removal
- Reduces the appearance of razor bumps
Why is Exfoliation Important?
Exfoliation is important to maintain the appearance of healthy, glowing, and smooth skin. By removing surface dead skin cells, exfoliation encourages the production of new, healthy skin. This process helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier so that the skin can appear moisturized and combat environmental aging factors like sun exposure. Exfoliation also removes rough, dry, or cracked skin that can cause irritation or discomfort. When combined with a high-quality skin cleanser and moisturizer, you can feel confident about your beautiful, youthful-looking skin.
How to use Body Scrub Step by Step:
1. Soak in Warm Water
Before exfoliating, it’s often best to soak your skin in warm water, either during a shower or bath. Warm water helps soften dry skin, which helps body scrubs do their job most effectively.
Cleansing your skin before exfoliation is a necessary preparation step. A thorough cleanse will remove dirt and sweat from the skin, allowing the body scrub to properly exfoliate and moisturize the skin.
3. Apply Body Scrub
Body scrub should be applied in small, circular motions. Be careful not to scrub too hard so that you avoid irritating the skin. Start with your upper body and work your way down from the chest, arms, torso, and legs. Don’t forget to apply on both sides of your arms and legs. We also recommend using a brush or exfoliating mitt to increase the impact of the exfoliating properties.
Rinse your skin thoroughly to remove the body scrub and dead skin cells left on the surface. Wash off the body scrub in circular motions to massage the skin and effectively remove excess particles of sugar or salt.
5. Pat Skin Dry
Gently patting the skin, rather than scrubbing it, will help it feel softer and smoother for longer. Use a soft, clean towel on your newly exfoliated and clean skin.
Moisturization is key to an effective exfoliation since body scrubs can dry out the skin. Applying moisturizer will maintain the skin’s natural barrier.
When Should You Use Body Scrub?
Body scrub should be used during your bath or shower, either in the morning or at night. Apply your body scrub after cleansing the skin and rinsing the body wash or soap away. Use lukewarm water and apply a generous amount of body scrub to cover the entire area.
How Often Should You Exfoliate with Body Scrub?
Body scrub should be used at least once per week for maximum effectiveness. However, body scrubs should not be used every day since overuse can dry out the skin. Stick to 1-2 times a week and you will soon notice brighter, smoother skin.
Can You Use Body Scrub to Exfoliate Your Face?
Body scrubs are not intended for the face since facial skin is more delicate. However, our Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Polish can be used to visibly soften and moisturize the lips. We also have specific facial exfoliants with gentler ingredients that won’t irritate sensitive skin. Body scrubs, facial polishes, and masks can be combined to exfoliate your entire body, head to toe.
Our Recommended Products
For dry skin, we recommend the Papaya Pineapple Bamboo Body Polish; this product offers gentle exfoliation and moisturization that will give you the appearance of smooth, glowing skin. The Mint Renewal White Sand Body Polish is great to use before hair removal or sunless tanning application a few days before you do it. Since it is made with salt and sugar, it is also a great option to exfoliate rough or cracked skin on the feet. Our Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Polish is perfect for all skin types and its humectant properties will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I get the most out of my body scrub?
- To get the most out of your body scrub, apply the product with warm water after cleansing your skin. Gently scrub the product into your skin for about 30 seconds.
- Do I use body scrub before or after body wash?
- Body scrub should be used after body wash since body wash or soap cleanses the skin and removes dirt or dust built up during the day.
- Do you use body scrub on wet or dry skin?
- Apply your body scrub to wet skin since it will be softer making it easier to remove dead skin cells and surface debris.
- How long do you let body scrub sit?
- Body scrub should be rinsed off immediately after a 30-second scrub.
Shop Epicuren® Body Scrubs
At Epicuren Discovery, we rely on science-backed skincare made with clean ingredients for high-quality, effective skincare. Check out our selection of body scrubs in our online store along with body washes, facial cleansers, and facial exfoliators.