Begin with warm water. If you are in the shower allow the water to wet your skin for a few minutes before you begin applying your body scrub. If you are in the tub, take a few minutes to do nothing but lay there and relax. Warm to hot water is ideal to help soften your skin and prepare it for exfoliation. You could also use this time to gently wash your skin to remove sweat and other impurities so that you don’t end up scrubbing these into your skin as you apply your favorite body scrub.
Be mindful of your skin. Take stock of your skin before you start the exfoliation process. Are any parts of your skin broken, red or irritated? Are you recovering from a sunburn, having a breakout or been recently attacked by hungry mosquitos? If any of the above describe the condition of your skin or if you just happen to have sensitive skin be aware of this and adjust your scrub routine accordingly. Avoid applying a body scrub to broken or inflamed skin. Allow these areas to heal before you use a scrub on them. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to apply gently pressure so you don’t damage or further aggravate your skin.
Use the right tools. The right tools depend on both you and your skin. The most convenient tool to use when applying a body scrub is your hands. They are (hopefully) clean and readily at your disposal. Many prefer using their hands for environmental reasons as well…less waste in landfills as there is nothing to throw away. If you have sensitive skin, using your fingers can also help you to better control the pressure applied to your skin. Some people prefer using a bath mitt or bath gloves. And that’s ok too. Your scrub experience is about taking time to take care of yourself so do what feels best for you.
Scrub towards your heart. When you use a body scrub take your time and make sure you cover everything you intended. Don’t scrub haphazardly and risk wasting product or missing an important area. Start at your feet and massage the scrub in a gentle circular motion up your legs and torso. Then scrub each arm, starting from your fingertips and working your way up to each shoulder. By following this pattern you are less likely to miss an important spot on your body. Perhaps practice deep breathing as you follow this routine. Concentrating on your breath will help you to stay focused and better enjoy the joys of the scrub.
Avoid scrubs after you shave. Freshly shaven skin may have tiny abrasions that are not readily visible to the eye. By applying a body scrub directly after shaving, you risk irritating these tiny wounds and stinging your skin. And if you have chosen to use a salt scrub that day this could really intensify the “ouch” factor. But you can scrub before you shave as this will help remove those pesky dead skin cells that can clog up your razor. Just be sure to use a gentle touch if you use a body scrub right before you de-fuzz.
Moisturize post scrub. After a great scrub, make sure to hydrate your skin. Body scrubs have helped you to remove the dead skin cells that were making your skin look dull and ashy. You have revealed the new glowing skin underneath. At pureSCRUBS, we formulate our scrubs so that your skin will feel amazingly soft and most customers won't need to use any moisturizer. But for those with very dry skin, then post scrub is the ideal time to apply a moisturizer. Without the dead skin cells in the way, your skin can better absorb the oils, creams or lotions that you slather on post shower.
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