Why You Should Use an Exfoliating Body Scrub

Add an Exfoliating Body Scrub to Your Skin Care Regime

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Exfoliating your body regularly is as important as exfoliating your face.  No matter what scent you love - fruit, nuts, or sweet sugar - there is an exfoliating body scrub for you. We all know this skin care product exists, but many of us don't take the time to use them. I could go on about why exfoliating it's good for your skin, but let's start with a little known fact that might just make exfoliating a no-brainer.

Why You Need To Exfoliate Your Body

90% of the dust in your home is dead skin cells. And no, that isn't a typo. So, now that you're a tad bit unsettled, let's talk about why exfoliating is essential for your skin.

We all want smooth and soft skin, especially during the summer when we show off more skin. Your body is covered in a layer of dead skin cells. The lotion that you put on your skin has to work its way through layers of dead skin cells just to reach the top layer of your skin or the epidermis. No matter how much body lotion you put on those dead skin cells, they still remain dead skin cells. If you want healthy smooth, glowing skin, you must get rid of that layer of dead skin cells yourself. Not only will your body moisturizer work better after you exfoliate, your skin will look brighter and more even toned.  If you use self-tanner exfoliating your body before applying self -tanner is essential for an even application.

 After your exfoliate your skin feels soft and smooth.  Regular exfoliation can also help prevent in-grown hairs that many people suffer from because of shaving.  When it comes to exfoliating your body there is no better way than in the shower or bath with a body exfoliator also known as a body scrub.

Using a bath loofah or bath gloves with a shower gel can give you a slight daily exfoliation, but your best bet is to use an actual body exfoliator once or twice a week. Gently rub it all over your body in a circular motion and rinse off. Pay attention to spots that can be extra rough like your knees and elbows.  Be sure to exfoliate the skin on your feet as well; many people neglect their feet.  Make sure you moisturize immediately after you dry off.  If you do these two easy things on a regular basis you'll instantly see the difference in both how your skin looks and feels. Your skin will appear younger and feel much softer.

Buy Or Make Your Own Exfoliating Body Scrub

Body scrubs are generally very affordable products.  You can easily find more than a few great ones on Amazon like Bath & Body Works AROMATHERAPY Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar ScrubSt. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, or First Botany 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Scrub.  Popular ingredients in body scrubs include salt, sugar, coconut oil, shea butter, and coffee grounds.  All do an excellent job of smoothing and moisturizing skin in one product.

If you prefer to make your own skin care products body scrubs are one of the easiest products to make yourself at home.

 This product also makes a great gift.  Just using a few easy to find ingredients you can be really creative when it comes to creating your own exfoliating body scrub.

Take this recipe from Wellness Mama.  It's very simple to make but can be customized endlessly depending on what scents you like:

  • Mix together: 1/2 cup brown or white sugar with 1/2 cup oil (you can use olive oil or coconut oil). Store in an airtight container.  

If you like the smell of lavender add 15 drops of lavender essential oil to your scrub.  If you prefer the smell of lemons add that essential oil instead.  

Instead of sugar you could use Epsom salts or even coffee grounds.  Play around with the amount of oil you add to your scrub in order to get to the consistency that you like.  Have fun; you can really do whatever you want in order to create the perfect body scrub for you.

Revised by Hanah Tetro