By Priyanka Dixit
Every girl desires a soft, supple, and clear skin. We all use face scrubs to get rid of all the dirt, grime and to reveal a better skin, but have you ever wondered how safe such face scrubs are for your skin? Today, explore this topic with me. 🙂
Acid Based Scrub
Store-bought facial scrubs are easy-to-use and are quite cheap too. Such scrubs are a great way to exfoliate the dull, scaly cells of your skin; they leave you with a softer and a more vibrant skin that imparts a youthful glow. While buying such chemical-based scrubs, look for salicylic, glycolic, citric or lactic acid to chemically remove the dry dead scales. These ingredients will exfoliate without damaging your skin and are not abrasive. So such scrubs are good enough for your skin if you choose good brands and stick to the exfoliation rules.
Whether you are using natural or chemical laden scrubs, just remember one thing – do not over exfoliate. If you are using cellulose or jojoba wax based scrubs, you can use them regularly because such scrubs are mild yet do their job very well. The best thing about such scrubs is that these can be used by all skin types safely. You can manipulate the ingredients here and make it as abrasive and mild as you want, keeping your skin type in mind.
Well abrasive or physical scrubs exfoliate physically with the help of ground apricot pits, almonds, sugar, salt, or tiny exfoliating beads. Such abrasive scrubs do not really hurt your skin if you use them twice a week and do not put too much pressure. Just go with a light hand with such scrubs to reveal a cleaner, clearer and more radiant skin. If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, you must stay away from such scrubs or at least conduct a patch test before using them. People who tend to sweat a lot or get a lot of blackheads often love such abrasive scrubs.
The Right Way to Use Scrubs
The best way is to start slowly and then gradually work your way up, if necessary. At some point, you will notice that scrubbing more frequently does not improve your complexion any further. The reason behind this is that there are no dead cells left on your skin’s surface. So instead of scrubbing your face every now and then, form a routine and stick to it. Also, don’t forget to follow your scrubbing routine with a massage cream or a face pack to nourish your skin.
Scrubbing in excess with physical or chemical or even natural scrubs will not clean your pores, reduce excess oil, remove acne or make your skin softer. This will, however, lead to redness, irritation, and over-sensitive skin.
An Ideal Scrub
Natural exfoliators are said to be the ideal choice, no matter what your skin type is. Scrubs made with natural ingredients like sugar, salt, honey, olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba and avocado oil are perfect and offer maximum benefits and do not harm your skin. Make a scrub using one of these ingredients at home or look for these ingredients in ready-to-use scrubs.
The scrub you should use varies from skin to skin. Experts say that you should choose scrubs based on your skin type, age, and lifestyle. When you do not have any choice, go for fruit based scrubs as they always add a nice radiance too while being gentle on the skin. No matter how dull your skin feels, do not use scrubs that leave rashes on your skin. Also, stay away from face scrubs if you are sunburned or have any skin disease.
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