Body scrub is a powerful skin-care ritual that can improve your appearance and help prevent ingrown hairs before they start. It also makes your self-tanner look much more natural and is a great way to boost circulation for more radiant, healthy skin. But how exactly do you use body scrub, and what are the best ways to exfoliate?
In general, most body scrubs are made up of an abrasive pomace (like ground almond, coconut or sugar), mixed with oil to act as a cleanser and hydrator for the skin. This mixture allows the scrub to be gentler or more abrasive depending on your needs and preferences.
Aim to exfoliate two or three times per week, but listen to your skin and don’t over-do it. Over-exfoliation can damage the skin cells and disrupt the skin’s ability to naturally restore itself.
The first step in using body scrub is to thoroughly wet the skin with warm, but not hot, water. This helps to open the pores and soften the dead skin cells so they can be removed more effectively without causing any damage. You can also use a body brush or loofah to increase the exfoliating effect, but be careful not to scrub too aggressively as this can irritate the skin.
Once you’ve thoroughly wet the body, apply your chosen body scrub and massage into the skin in a circular motion. It’s a good idea to work toward the heart, as this is said to be better for circulation. Rinse thoroughly and pat yourself dry, then follow with a moisturizing body lotion or body butter to lock in hydration and keep the skin soft. Quivr’s Coffee + Coconut Body Scrub and Matcha + Coconut Body Scrub are both a great choice for all skin types, as they both contain natural, food-grade ingredients that behave like skin-food to give your body the nourishment it needs.