You don’t really need to be a rocket scientist to understand how to use body scrub in the shower. If this is all new to you, there are a couple of things you need to know to benefit completely from body scrubbing. In this article, you’ll learn eight important tips on how to properly scrub your body.
How to Use Body Scrub
1. Let Your Skin Dictate When to Scrub
Never scrub when your skin is sunburned, waxed, shaved, or irritated because you’ll just worsen the problem. Wait for a couple of hours or days before you do this to allow your skin to heal and regenerate. Use topical ointments such as aloe vera gel to speed up the healing process.
2 . More Isn’t Better
The rule of thumb is to do it once to thrice per week. If your skin is thin or sensitive, scrubbing once a week is often enough. If you have an oily skin, do it two to three times a week.
There are also other factors you should consider to know how often you should scrub your body. Older individuals should scrub less often because their skin tends to be drier and more delicate. Warm climates increases sweat and oil production, so scrubbing more than once is okay.
If you scrub too often, you’ll strip off healthy cells and disrupt your skin’s protective function. This allows opportunistic bacteria or fungi to enter and wreak havoc in your body.
3. Don’t Scrub Too Long
Nothing good will happen if you put more pressure or scrub for too long. It would only cause inflammation, excessive dryness, redness, and tight skin. Fortunately, the skin on your body is less sensitive compared to the skin on your face.
How long should you scrub each area of your body?
There’s no hard and fast rule, but a 15-second rule is good to follow. In addition, use a gentle circular motion towards your heart. This helps remove deep ingrown hairs and promotes better blood circulation. You could start scrubbing from your neck, tummy, and down to your feet.
4. Apply It on a Damp Skin
The best time to scrub your body is during or immediately after showering or soaking in a tub filled with warm water. Water helps lubricate and soften the skin, so it’s easier to remove dead skin cells. What’s more, it would help dilute the body scrub to make it gentler on the skin.
5. Moisturize Afterwards
Water is not enough to keep your skin hydrated after a good scrub session. Use the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type, preferably something made from natural ingredients. Vegetable oils, like virgin coconut oil, would be great options because they’re non-toxic, deeply moisturizing, and healing.
If you don’t like store-bought skin care products, here’s a body lotion recipe you could make at home:
- 2 ½ ounces of pure coconut oil
- 4 ounces of sweet almond oil
- 6 ounces of milk
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Melt the solid coconut oil in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water.
- Add the sweet almond oil and milk. Stir well.
- Leave it to cool down. Then stir in the lemon essential oil, which contains antibacterial, antiseptic, and astringent properties.
- Make sure to store this in a dark container to keep the medicinal properties of lemon oil intact. Use this within six months.
6. Restrict Your Outdoor Activities
After exfoliation, your skin could become extra sensitive to the sun, so it’s better to avoid it completely. If possible, schedule this at night or on days when you don’t have plans to go out directly afterwards. If you really need to go out, keep your skin protected by applying sunscreen.
7. Choose the Right Scrub for Your Skin
Do you have an acne-prone skin?
Choose body scrubs with larger granules, such as sea salt. It’s a little rough, but it does a great job of removing impurities which cause different skin problems and has healing properties. This is best suited in areas of your body that have thicker skin, like your heels and elbows. Check out our homemade face scrubs for acne.
- To make a sea salt scrub, mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt and 4 ounces of olive oil.
Is your skin sensitive and dry?
Choose body scrubs with non-abrasive and small granules, such as sugar, ground rice, and ground coffee. Here’s a simple recipe:
- Combine 10 ounces of coconut milk, 8 tablespoons finely ground rice, and 5 tablespoons of runny honey.
Is your skin is too oily?
An oatmeal-based body scrub helps to soothe inflammation and absorbs excess oil from your skin.
- Simply combine 7 tablespoons of oatmeal, 6 ounces of virgin coconut oil, and 4 teaspoons of lemon juice.
There are other ingredients you can use for your homemade body scrubs. Feel free to experiment to find the ingredients that best suit your skin type.
To avoid adverse reactions, make sure to apply the scrub on a small, inconspicuous area of your body first. Leave it for 24 hours to see if you have any negative reactions to the ingredients.
8. Clean Your Skin before You Scrub
This might sound basic, but some people tend to ignore this step. One of the most important reasons for keeping your skin free from dirt or grease prior to scrubbing is to avoid infections. Especially when you scrub too much, your skin could become sensitive and damaged. This leaves it susceptible to different skin issues.
Body scrubs are a great way to keep your skin healthy, smooth, and flawless—if used properly. I’m all for everything natural and DIY, but going to the spa to get a body scrub once in a while is not a bad idea at all. It’s not only thorough, but you also get a relaxing massage.
Well, these are just eight things you need to remember when scrubbing your body. It’s not an exhaustive list, so feel free to explore. If you have any other or ideas for scrubbing your body, don’t be shy and leave me your comments below.