Let’s talk about the power of face/body scrub! Would you like to have a soft, clear and beautiful skin? Then don’t skip Exfoliation! Exfoliation is an essential part of skin care and it has numerous benefits for both the epidermal layers and the skin surface, but also to ensure the effectiveness of skin care.
WHY SCRUB YOUR SKIN? (EXFOLIATE)
The epidermis is essentially made up of keratinocytes. Each month, some of these cells migrate to the surface to reach the stratum corneum. This outer layer of the skin is composed of dead cells called corneocytes. Remember: The corneocytes act as a barrier between the outside world and the body. Thanks to the shedding process, this protective barrier regenerates naturally every 28 days. The dead cells peel off and fall to make way for new cells. However, this cell renewal process is not sufficient to eliminate all dead skin on the surface.
Moreover, as we age, the shedding phase becomes disrupted due to pollution or various skin conditions. No doubt this causes cells to pile up on the surface of the epidermis. Not only that but also giving the skin a dull and uneven appearance. This accumulation of dead cells also risks blocking pores and causing the appearance of small imperfections (pimples, blackheads, etc.). However, to avoid them, it’s necessary to exfoliate to deeply cleanse the skin and remove this layer of dead cells. In addition, thanks to exfoliation, the active ingredients contained in the scrub can act properly both externally and in depth.
IS EXFOLIATION BETTER BEFORE OR AFTER SHOWER?
As you have understood, skin scrubbing is essential in your skincare routine for both the face and the body. First of all, you must prepare the skin to receive the exfoliating product . To do this, cleanse your skin with a gentle body wash in order to get rid of skin impurities accumulated during the day (pollution, perspiration, sebum, etc.). This is why it is very important to exfoliate after showering . In addition, because your skin is already moist, it can benefit from all the benefits of exfoliation and avoid any skin irritation. Once the skin is clean, you can proceed to exfoliation. We then proceed as follows:
- For the face, apply a very gentle exfoliant or facial scrub using a mild circular movements so as not to irritate the skin. Focus more on the T-zone and avoiding the eye area.
- For the body, Use some circular movements, starting from the lower body and going up towards the chest. Feet, back, stomach, legs, armpits, etc… everything must go there.
Once all the dead skin has come off, simply rinse with plenty of warm water to regain clean, clear and smooth skin. After exfoliation, the skin is vulnerable and sensitive. To complete this treatment ritual, the application of a facial or body cream purposely made for your skin type is necessary to hydrate it and restore the hydrolipidic protective barrier.
SOME EASY BODY & FACE EXFOLIANT TO MAKE FOR YOURSELF
FACIAL EXFOLIANT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN:
If your skin is sensitive, it is advisable to avoid chemical exfoliants, which are too aggressive. It is then in your best interest to opt for a natural exfoliation, so as not to further sensitize your skin. Vegetable oils have the ability to deeply nourish and moisturize the skin of the body and face. Added to pink clay, with cleansing and purifying benefits, they will create a scrub suitable for the most delicate skin.
Here is the recipe to follow for sensitive skin:
- Take two tablespoons of argan or sweet almond oil;
- Add the same amount of pink clay;
- Mix everything together;
- Massage your face gently, avoiding the eye area;
- After a few minutes, rinse thoroughly with clean, lukewarm water.
FACIAL SCRUB FOR REDUCTION OF BLEMISHES:
Combining honey with cinnamon ensures you create a formidable remedy against pimples and other imperfections. Honey is a powerful antibacterial, capable of soothing itching and promoting a healing process. As for cinnamon, it has antiseptic properties..
To make this scrub, you’ll need:
- Two tablespoons of honey (preferably creamy);
- Mix them with a tablespoon of cinnamon until you obtain a rather thick, brown-colored paste;
- Spread the mixture over your face;
- Massage it or scrub, then let it sit for a quarter of an hour before rinsing.
The harmattan days are fast approaching, so it is useful to prepare your skin as best as possible for the weather. To do this, coconut is your best friend because of its protective and soothing properties. It also helps reduce feelings of tightness or dryness.
So, to make your own coconut scrub, you need:
- Pour 3 tablespoons of grated coconut into a bowl with the same amount of brown sugar (which has anti-inflammatory effects). However, Don’t use it on the face as it can be a little bit aggressive.
- Then add 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, then mix;
- Gently scrub the body for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Suitable for sensitive skin , this recipe will ensure hydration of the skin , and thus prevent certain parts of your body from peeling!
A SCRUB TO USE AFTER SUN EXPOSURE:
After enjoying the sun for a longer or shorter period of time, your skin risks drying out and becoming dull. To moisturize it and make your skin brighter, there is an easy scrub recipe to make at home regularly during the exposure period.
To make your own scrub, you need:
- Take 3 tablespoons of coconut, previously grated;
- Add 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, and a teaspoon of honey;
- Mix everything in a small container until you obtain a homogeneous texture;
- Apply the scrub to your entire body, after moistening your skin
- Massage, let sit for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Tasty for the taste buds, chocolate is also a powerful antioxidant. Thus, it delays the aging of cells and the appearance of skin folds. It allows the skin to be more elastic while making it softer.
To make such a scrub, you must:
- Take 3 squares of dark chocolate, which you will melt in a saucepan with a tablespoon of mineral water;
- Add a tablespoon of almond powder, then mix;
- Allow to cool, then apply the scrub to your face;
- Massage/scrub for a few minutes, using circular movements;
- Rinse thoroughly with clean lukewarm water.
I CALL THIS A “PEELING SCRUB”
If you want to remove the impurities that dull your face, sugar peeling could be of great help to you. Sugar has powerful exfoliating properties and promotes cell renewal.
To make this exfoliating scrub at home, you must:
- Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a small bowl;
- Add a teaspoon of sugar;
- Apply the result to your face, massaging it gently for a few minutes;
- Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
This recipe is also very effective if the skin is oily, provided you replace the olive oil with half a teaspoon of lemon juice
A PEELING SCRUB FOR RADIANT SKIN:
Gentle peeling involves cleansing the skin deeply . However, it is also more aggressive than a classic scrub , and must be used occasionally (no more than once per week). It aims to reduce the marks of scars, to tighten enlarged pores, and to make the skin brighter.
Cucumber has the aesthetic virtue of illuminating and hydrating the complexion.
Follow the recipes below:
- Remove the seeds from a cucumber;
- Mix it, incorporating an egg white to promote the tightening effect;
- Add half a teaspoon of lemon juice, then mix again;
- Apply the preparation to your face;
- Massage in circular movements for a few minutes;
- Rinse with lukewarm water;
- Repeat rinsing, but with cold water so that the pores tighten further.
These are just few samples of the many recipes you can try. Research a lot of facial scrubs you can do at home, and should be suitable for your skin.
- Scrub or exfoliate your skin 1-3 times a week (If you have normal, combination or oily skin type) with a gentle body or face scrub.
- Scrub once a week ( If you have sensitive or dry skin)
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