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6 Steps for the correct use of Body Scrub

Functions of the body scrub

The necessity and functionality of using a body scrub may not always be clear, so here are 6 steps to using a body scrub correctly. Some people think of body scrubs as a spa ritual - not necessary for everyday use, and just as well for occasional use, such as a sauna or a body treatment. But how is it really? Do you need a body scrub and why? Let me tell you!

You may know that peeling is a natural process and usually goes unnoticed. Exfoliation is cyclical and depends on your age, your skin type, the skin care products you use on a daily basis and more. And yet, nature has a way of making it happen - not always and not for everyone. And if dead skin cells accumulate on your skin for a long time, the condition and appearance of your skin can deteriorate.

That's why a body scrub, which has several essential tasks, is the perfect way to cleanse your skin:

  • One of the main purposes of a scrub is to rid your skin of dead, dry skin cells for a smoother, more even complexion;
  • Clean skin will also absorb body cream, oil or any other moisturiser better;
  • The scrub will also cleanse pores and even prevent ingrown hairs.

So, not only does a scrub help to keep your skin smooth in the long term, it also has several other benefits. So there's no doubt that scrubbing is definitely not a fad. It's a necessity - basic skin care that pays off in the long run.

6 steps for the correct use of body scrub

However, as with all body care products, it is important to use it correctly, following the sequence and frequency of application. For example, a body scrub should not be used every day. Its abrasive particles can damage the quality of skin cells, inhibit the natural exfoliation of the skin and affect the skin's natural moisture levels. It is sufficient to use a body scrub 1-2 times a week.

How to do it right?

  1. The body scrub is applied while taking a warm (not hot) bath or shower. The warm water will soften the skin and open the pores, allowing the scrub to more effectively cleanse the skin of dead skin cells;
  2. First, wash your skin with shower gel;
  3. Apply the body scrub gently with your fingertips. Do this in a circular motion towards the heart - from the feet upwards and from the palms of the hands towards the neck to improve lymphatic flow.
  4. Rinse the skin thoroughly with warm water;
  5. Dry your skin (don't rub it with a towel), but leave it slightly damp;
  6. Apply a body cream or other moisturiser (e.g. body oil) to the skin. As I said, a body scrub will also allow the moisturiser to work more effectively. And yet, note that our salt-based scrubs are rich enough that you won't need to moisturise your skin after using them.

But remember - don't use a face scrub. It can cause micro-cracks and traumatize the top layer of skin. The trauma is unlikely to be obvious, but it can create a favourable environment for inflammation and bacteria. If you want to know more about what kind of deep cleansing to choose for your complexion, check out our article with tips from a beautician on facial cleansing.

Key differences between scrubs

How different scrubs can be! In fact, even salt, sugar and coffee grounds can be a really good skin cleanser. And yet, if you want to nourish your skin with the nutrients it needs, it's a good idea to opt for natural-based scrubs enriched with vitamins and plant-based oils.

For example, we have 4 types of scrubs - 3 are salt-based and 1 is based on granulated sugar. How do they differ?

To start with, sugar grains are finer than salt, so a sugar scrub will be gentler - so it's also suitable for people with particularly sensitive skin. Sugar scrubs are also safe to use on more sensitive areas, as salt can irritate the skin, for example after hair removal. In addition, our sugar scrub with kiwi seeds and lemongrass essential oil has been created in a solid format. What does this mean? It's especially handy to take with you, for example to the gym or on the go - it won't take up much space and you won't have to worry about it spilling out unexpectedly in your bag. 

Salt-based scrubs, on the other hand, are a natural cleanser that will effectively remove toxins from clogged pores. Our salt scrubs come in tins and have different properties. For example, Peppermint Scrub will pleasantly cool your skin, coffee - will improve blood circulation, while ginger scrub will have an anti-cellulite effect. All our salt scrubs are enriched with vitamins C and E, grapeseed, jojoba oils and shea butter, so they will thoroughly nourish and moisturise your skin, as well as ensuring the absorption of active ingredients.

By the way, we have also prepared a set of scrubsthat will allow you to try each scrub to find your favourite combination of scents and properties!

In love,

Maija Rieksta-Riekstiņa
Vegan Fox manager and creator