To get this started then let’s first answer the question, what is exfoliation? Well, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, usually accomplished with a ‘gritty’ type of scrub/tool. While a cleanser is necessary for every day cleansing on the surface, a scrub is typically needed 1-2 times per week and provides super deep cleansing into the pores.
Why should I use a scrub?
There is a myriad of benefits that scrubs offer so here are our top few:
1. Exfoliating Removes Dead Skin Cells.
New skin is constantly produced on your face and eventually, it dies at the surface. Leaving this dead skin on the surface not only gives off a look of flakiness but also make it appear dirty and uneven. Scrubs ensure that any loose dead skin is whisked away and washed down the drain.
2. Uproots ingrown Hairs.
Because scrubs dig deeper than cleansers and remove dead skin cells, they are more likely to uproot pesky ingrown hairs. Once the dead skin is sloughed away and hair follicles are cleared, in ingrown hair can be guided to the light.
3. Exfoliation cleanses again
Over time, skin collects excess dirt, oil and dead cells that a daily cleanser cannot remove. Scrubs reinforce cleansers and remove excess grime and dirt off the skin while penetrating deep into the pores by way of some form of grit.
4. Spot Stopper & Complexion Clearer.
Sebum is the main cause of skin spots and uneven tones and builds up over time. Using a scrub 1-2 times per week will help rid the face of excess Sebum that can cause dark spots or uneven skin tone.
5. But wait, there’s more…
Properly using a scrub can get you closer shaves by removing the dead skin and grime that clogs razor blades up. It can also slow signs of ageing by reducing fine lines and refining skin tone as well as prevent breakouts. Lastly, they help other products (like your moisturiser) work more effectively.
What different types are there?
There are facial scrubs and body scrubs as well as scrub bars, peels and more. We decided to list some of the best types below and how to use them:
These are facial exfoliators and are typically gritty so that the dead skin cells can be whisked from the face’s surface. Face scrubs range from mild to rough in grittiness so picking the right one can take time. This is the most common form of exfoliation.
Same thing as a facial scrub but for the body. Many parts of the body are in need of some exfoliation, i.e. feet, elbows, kneecaps… Any areas where skin dries out or gets flakey/oily could use a scrub down every now and again.
Take a bar of soap, add some grit and VOILA! These are super popular and great for quick body exfoliation. These are the bridge between exfoliating solutions and tools.
These include buffing cloths, electric brushes and even sponges. Each one is designed to exfoliate skin and should not be used too often.
You can also use coffee scrubs on your body that actually moisturise as well as give your skin a nice smooth scrub in the process. Your shower might look like a tiny war has just taken place there but you’ll feel great! We do got these in our packs from time to time too, so .. hint-hint!
How to use them?
Before exfoliating, first splash some water on the face so the skin can better absorb the product you’re applying. Do not exfoliate skin dry – it’s too rough and will ultimately irritate the skin. Warm water also opens up the pores, so you can get a good, deep clean.
Also, go easy on yourself while scrubbing. Men sometimes think that the rougher and tougher the scrub. This is definitely not true, exfoliating shouldn’t be painful. So remember to go easy on your face and use light pressure while scrubbing!
While applying an exfoliator onto wet skin, massage it on your face, neck and beard areas in small circular motions. And you’ll feel it working. After massaging for about 30 seconds to a minute, rinse clean. Afterward, apply a moisturiser since exfoliating can leave your skin drier than normal.
A face scrub unclogs pores and raises hairs, allowing your razor a clear passage. For best results use twice weekly. You don’t want to overdo it – but stick to a regimen where you’re regularly renewing the skin and you’ll see less blackheads and ingrown hairs over time.