One of the most important parts of your skincare routine is using a scrub. Why? Because scrub does so many good things for your skin. Think of removing all dead skin cells from your body or making your skin tone even and complex. Regularly exfoliating your skin also ensures that other skin products such as your cleansers or creams can penetrate the skin better and therefore do their job better.
There already are several types of scrubs on the current market, each with a different scrub agent. Not every grain is equally suitable for every skin type and if you do not know which scrub agent suits your skin, you can cause more damage than you improve the skin quality. Let me help you with that.
There are different types of scrubbing agents, these are the most common and what they do for the skin;
|Salt: different types of salt can be used as a scrub. The most common are pink Himalayan salt and Dead Sea salt which are natural purifiers and remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. Himalayan salt has a smaller grain and works great if you have oily skin that is not so easily irritated. Because salt melts less quickly underwater compared to sugar, salt acts as a deeper exfoliant. Salt scrubs provide therapeutic, mineralizing benefits. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.
|Sugar: Sugar scrubs are more gentle than salt scrubs. Sugar is round and therefore does not cut the skin, so you do not get hypersensitive skin with wounds or after shaving. Sugar dissolves more easily in warm water and is less abrasive than salt. While sugar scrubs have no mineral benefits, they are less drying than salt scrubs, and the glycolic acid content of sugar is also countable as a benefit. It helps protect the skin from harmful toxins.
|Clay: the softest grain you can find in a scrub. The clay itself has calming and detoxifying effects. This is a very good scrubbing agent when your skin gets irritated easily. The clay is so fine, you can easily massage it into the skin without worrying that your skin will irritate. Most clay scrubs are therefore on a cream basis, the nice thing about these scrubs is that you can also apply them to the skin as a body mask. Let the scrub (without massaging) soak into the skin for a few minutes and then massage the scrub off with lukewarm water.
Have I missed an important scrubbing agent? Let me know in the comments.