Your beauty routine should consist of three simple and fundamental steps: cleaning, exfoliation, and moisturization. Often overlooked despite the fact that they’re the basis of healthy, luminous skin, these rituals are in fact complementary and essential. Much like the cleanser and the moisturizer, the body scrub is therefore a key treatment when it comes to the wellbeing of your skin.
Why exfoliate your skin?
Because impurities and dead cells build up on the surface but also deep down within the skin, the epidermis dries out and becomes dull if you don’t take the time to help rid it of these undesirables. Simply cleaning the skin with a product or soap cleans the surface properly but, unlike a scrub, never goes deep enough. As a result, the pores of the skin often get clogged and lack oxygen. Exfoliating the skin therefore helps eliminate the dead cells and impurities embedded deep down and invigorates, relaxes, and softens the skin thanks to its reoxygenation.
How does it work?
Exfoliating treatments contain small abrasive grains that work by rubbing against the skin. To be soft and effective, these granules can be crushed fruit cores, sea salt, or sugar. It’s the friction of the grains with the skin that helps dislodge the dead cells, blackheads, and impurities in depth and gives a feeling of freshness and purity.
The benefits of exfoliation
- Cleans and purifies the body by eliminating dead cells in depth.
- Reduces the clogging of the hairs, which can then lead to the formation of ingrown hairs.
- Activates microcirculation through movements across the entire body and therefore actively combats stretch marks and cellulite.
- Moisturizes the epidermis with a feeling of invigorated, relaxed, and softened skin.
- Beneficial for all skin types, even the most sensitive, and particularly recommended for dealing with oily skin.
The right moves
To make the exfoliation of your body effective and pleasant, the right time for this part of your beauty routine is when taking a shower, since the warm or hot water gently dilates the pores of your skin. Using an exfoliating treatment (preferably organic), gently massage your entire wet body with your hands or a soft glove, making circular movements. Then, focus a bit more on the rough areas, such as the knees, elbows, and heels. Move delicately over the areas where the skin is most fragile, such as the stomach, chest, neckline, and neck. After that, generously rinse the product with clear water. Then, always finish this exfoliating treatment by applying a moisturizing or nourishing cream.
The precautions to take
Depending on your skin type, you’ll have to gauge the number of exfoliating treatments to be done each week. Indeed, while a person with oily skin can feel free to exfoliate their skin more often to take advantage of the benefits of this treatment, a person with sensitive skin should take precautions to avoid aggravating their skin. In addition, exfoliation should be avoided in case of injury or on irritated areas of the skin. Finally, don’t use the same exfoliating treatment for your body as for your face.
If you’re hesitating about the frequency of exfoliation of your body depending on your skin type, contact cosmetics professionals who can help you learn how to take care of your skin every day.