Body Scrub

Body Scrub

Using a body scrub helps remove dead skin and expose younger looking supple skin. Learn how to make these at home, and the importance of using these once in a while.
Exfoliating has always been an important step in all skin care treatments - be it a simple facial or a complete spa experience. It helps rejuvenate the skin by exposing the smoother and supple layer of skin after removal of the dead skin layer. While there exists a range if facial scrubs, which are suited to exfoliate the facial skin, there is a wide variety of body scrubs for exfoliating the dead skin of the body.

Definition

It is a suspension of coarse granules (apricot, walnut, oatmeal, sea salt) in a semi-liquid medium or gel (often resembling the consistency of body butter or a moisturizing lotion).

Benefits
  • A body scrub will actually help to remove dead skin from your body, making you feel fresh and rejuvenated.
  • It is the best way to also remove a skin tan.
  • If your skin had become rough and has darkened due to pollution or exposure to dust, you can use a scrub to remove the rough skin layer leaving you with a soft and supple skin.
Applications

It is generally used in a complete spa treatment, which involves the use of an exfoliating scrub and is followed by a hydrating body wrap to nourish the skin and keep it fresh and supple. In case you are not going for the beauty treatment at a spa, you can use a scrub while having your bath and exfoliate your skin.

How Often Can I Use it?

Do not use the scrub often, because frequent scrubbing can damage the young skin layer, once the dead skin is off the body surface. You can use a scrub once in a week or two. Also, remember to use a very gentle scrub in case you have a dry skin. And, be very careful during winters when too much of scrubbing can damage the already dry skin.

How to Choose?

The established brands have their standardized versions of body scrubs ranging from sea salt, cranberry, strawberry, oat, and sugar scrubs to the more premium almond, walnut, apricot, chocolate, and coffee scrubs. You can either buy one or make one for yourself at home.

Easy Homemade Recipes

Here are some easy ideas to create refreshing and nourishing body scrubs at home. Most of these scrubs contain ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen, be it honey, yogurt, or sea salt.

Basic Sea Salt

Combine one cup of basic sea salt to half a cup of almond oil. Make sure that the sea salt is finely ground, since coarse grains can cause harm to the skin. Gently rub the mixture over the hands and the legs and massage gently in circular motion to exfoliate the dead skin. Take a dip in the tub for a while and rinse with a hydrating shower gel.

Walnut and Honey

Ground a cup of walnuts and add to it three tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of fresh milk. Gently scrub over the body to exfoliate the dead skin with walnuts and nourish the skin with the goodness of milk and honey. This recipe works great in winters as well, since it cleanses and moisturizes the body without being too harsh on the skin.

Exotic Coffee

Take 1 cup of finely ground coffee and add half a cup of fresh yogurt to it. Gently rub the paste onto your body and massage in circular motion. This will not require a moisturizing treatment afterwards, since the yogurt makes the skin soft and supple. After the exfoliation, have a warm water shower or a dip in the tub to discover the goodness of this scrub.

Refreshing Mint

Take a cup of fresh mint leaves and a cup of yogurt and blend it using a mixer or a blender. Add ½ cup of finely-ground chickpeas and form a uniform paste. Gently scrub the mixture over your body and rinse off with a hot water bath. The chickpea flour helps exfoliate your skin, the yogurt nourishes it, and the mint refreshes it. This is a truly refreshing and vitalizing scrub.

Sweet Chocolate

Mix one cup of cocoa butter and ½ cup fine sugar to form a chocolate scrub. Gently scrub it over the hands, legs, and the entire body to exfoliate with the sugar. The sugar exfoliates the skin as the cocoa butter nourishes it and makes you feel good with the aroma of cocoa. This is a perfectly pampering recipe that you can try over the weekend!

I hope this article has given you sufficient information about body scrubs, regarding their benefits, applications, and recipes. Do try some of them at home, as they are a wonderful way of rejuvenating your tired body. They relax your body as well as help keep your skin supple and smooth.
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