What is a Body Scrub?
Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Put simply, a body scrub is a skin care product whose primary function is to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation as well as cleanse the skin and increase the body's blood circulation. Sometimes a body scrub is referred to as a body exfoliant, body gloss or body polish. The exfoliating component needs to be abrasive enough to achieve this but not too strong so as not to damage healthy skin.
BENEFITS OF A BODY SCRUB
If you're not using a body scrub then you're missing out on a number of benefits that other skin care products don't provide. So just what are the benefits of a body scrub?
Body Scrub Benefit # 1 - Makes Skin Look Fresh And Rejuvenated
Essentially the benefits of using a body scrub are the removal of dead skin cells from the body and impurities, leaving you feeling fresh and your skin looking rejuvenated and revitalized.
Body Scrub Benefits # 2 - Makes Skin Look More Youthful
Exfoliating dead skin cells tends to remove the dull and lacklustre appearance of the skin. Humans shed skin cells daily (anywhere from 11,000-23,000 skin cells an hour) and it usually takes about 27 to 30 days before new skin cells reach the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum). Using a body scrub regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful.
Body Scrub Benefits # 3 - Moisturizing Benefits
Benefits of body scrubs through the removal of dead skin cells as a result of exfoliation with a mild body scrub extend to moisturizing as it allows for the easy absorption of a skin moisturizer into the healthy skin. Ideally, the best body scrub is one that not only acts as a gentle exfoliant but moisturizes at the same time! All of the Volcanic Earth body scrubs do both.
Body Scrub Benefits # 4: Improved Self Tanning
More and more people are using self tanners rather than increase their risk of skin cancer through exposure to the damaging effects of too much sun. The important thing to know here is that to achieve a realistic "fake" tan using a self tanner is to exfoliate with a gentle body scrub first. If you don't do this to remove any dead skin cells then you run the risk of ending up with a blotchy look as the self tanner will darken areas where more dead skin cells accumulate (such as the elbows and knees). If you want a natural looking tan and you use a self tanner then using a suitable body scrub before applying the tanning product is essential.
How to Get the Best Results Of A Body Scrub?
Not all body scrubs are good for you or the environment. Some body scrubs contain harmful chemicals and even use small plastic beads as the exfoliating agent. You want a natural body scrub that won't harm you and that is eco- friendly. Body scrubs are washed off, go down the drain and end up in the environment so be conscious of the footprint you leave behind!
The way to get the best benefits from a good, body scrub is to avoid applying too much pressure when using it. After all, the exfoliating medium in the body scrub should be sufficient to provide the abrasive action needed. So don't be too aggressive about it and be sure to use a body scrub that is gentle but effective. To give your skin a simultaneous boost, make sure that the body scrub is all natural (no chemicals) and one that has a moisturizing component as well.
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In summary, the benefits of a body scrub are that your skin will have a smoother, more consistent appearance and you will look invigorated with a youthful glow about you - isn't that what we all what? So always apply a high quality body scrub and do it on a regular basis.