Face and Body scrubs are exfoliants that buff away dead skin cells allowing the skin to create new cells. There are different types of exfoliants there are physical exfoliants, chemical exfoliants, and mechanical exfoliants.
The physical exfoliants are the types that have debris in them, debris like rosehip seeds, poppy seeds, etc. It’s always advisable to opt for physical exfoliants with gentle and less coarse particles and should be used at least once a week.
Chemical exfoliants are acid exfoliators that are mostly derived from plants, animal sources, and some are synthetically produced. They seem to be gentler on the skin and most of the time more effective than physical exfoliators. They are called the AHAs(Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs(Beta Hydroxy Acids). AHAs and BHAs come in types and molecular weights and sizes. Mandelic acid, glycolic acid are all part of different types of AHAs while salicylic acid and azelaic acid are part of different types of BHAs. They come in high and low molecular weights and sizes. The high molecular weight and size sit on top of the skin to treat skin conditions like redness, acne, etc, and gentle enough for sensitive skin, while the lower molecular size and weight penetrate deep into the skin cells encouraging the production of collagen, improves skin texture and tone. It’s always good for your body scrub to have both molecular weight, size, and both AHAs and BHAs. Chemical exfoliants also have concentrations that range from 2% to 30% so it’s always advised to start from 2% if you’re just starting up then build up to 30%, to help your skin adjust to the chemical.
Mechanical exfoliators are tools with gentle abrasion in form of silicone with vibrating movements to aid the buffing away of dead skin cells on the skin. It’s always advised to go for the ones gentle and safe on the skin and to be used only once or twice every two weeks.
To keep your skin looking fresh and smooth, it’s good to scrub your skin at least two to three times every week using a preferred body exfoliant mentioned above or combining all types of exfoliants. The physical exfoliants once a week, the chemical twice a week, and mechanical once every two weeks. Buffing away dead skin cells increases cell turnover which encourages youthful skin, clearer skin, and a well-toned complexion. Our skin does this itself to some extent naturally, but as we get older along with so many types of environmental damage/aggressors, the skin’s natural ability to shed these cells slows down. Exfoliating helps in preventing clogged pores and breakouts, evens out skin tone, improves texture, reduces signs of aging like fine lines, and allows your other skincare products to work even better since they will have less of a barrier to getting through.
Moreso, the new warm weather calls for a clearer tone complexion, and thanks to the vaccine rollouts that have made this possible for us.
So while out in your favorite cut-outs and mini skirts, here are the best body and face scrubs you should shop this season: