The Health and Beauty Benefits of a Body Scrub
When we hop in the shower, most of us have a variety of hair and skin care products lined up along the ledge—But among all of those options, do you have a good body scrub? An essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, store-bought or homemade body scrubs are a must-have on your shower menu. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation and massage provides benefits that go beyond what a bar of soap can do.
A body scrub can improve your skin’s health and become a satisfying, spa-like shower ritual.
Here is your guide to your at home body scrub ritual.
The Health Benefits of a Body Scrub
Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. That turnover process slows as we get older; to give it a nudge, reach for a body scrub.
As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin.
Being mindful of the refreshing texture against your skin and captivating scent that fills the shower allows you to enjoy the treatment as it’s happening—an experience that can lift your mood and affect your outlook as you continue your day or evening.
You can make your own buffing scrub with ingredients like olive oil, honey, raw sugar, ground cloves, oatmeal and even ground coffee. Adding your favorite essential oils to the mixture transforms your shower into an aromatherapy session.
Try this homemade scrub:
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup white or brown sugar
½ cup ground oatmeal (or coffee grounds for a more invigorating scrub)
1-3 drops essential oil (try lavender, almond, citrus or peppermint oils)
Whisk together all ingredients and pour into a mason jar or other airtight container. Use just a quarter-sized amount at a time, storing the scrub in a dry place for up to three weeks.
How to Use a Body Scrub
If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.
Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.
Do you use a self-tanner? Try a non-oily body scrub before applying any tanning lotion to guarantee an even application. Body scrubs are also great for removing self-tanner from your body.
When Not to Use a Body Scrub
If you have a sunburn or are experiencing a rash or other skin condition, give the body scrub a rest. Some of the ingredients—and the actual rubbing—could further irritate your skin. You’ll also want to skip it after shaving if your scrub contains salt or any chemical ingredients.