What is a Scrub?
When a person asks, “How are you today” normally you would respond, “Same as yesterday.” According to Science, this is not necessarily true. Every day, our body undergoes changes. Our skin is a prime example. Our skin is constantly changing right before our eyes, but we are not necessarily aware of these transformations. Skin cells renew each day, shedding or exfoliating, as doctors’ call this process of removing dead old skin cells of the body.
Our skin is very good at repairing and regenerating, which takes around 30 days when we are young. As we age, the regeneration process somehow slows down, and the skin accumulates dead surface skin cells. When the skin matures, its natural ability to shed old dead skin cells and transforms itself reduces down. This causes a buildup of dry flakes and gives the skin a dull, rough or lackluster appearance. It may also result to uneven texture. The process of exfoliation or the shedding of old layers of dead skin cells is important to allow your skin to “breathe.”
So the process of removing these old layers is called Scrubbing. Scrubs can be done using several materials varying from natural to artificial. Bringing your skin back to life by removing the old dead layers and helping your skin to generate healthy new layers is what scrubs simply do.
Types Of Scrub
There are different types of scrubs for different types of skin. The exfoliating properties of scrubs are usually obtained from natural sources such as sea salt, crushed nuts, like almonds, ground coffee, raw sugar, even apricot kernels. Scrubs made from fruits such as papaya or pineapples contain hydroxyl acids. Hydroxy acids remove dull surface skin to reveal healthy skin cells.
Since the face is more sensitive and needs extra care than the rest of the body, some scrubs are design just for body and others just for the face. Scrubs that contain coarse ingredients such as crushed shells, salts or nuts, coffee grounds or pumice may irritate sensitive skin, such as found on the face. Some dermatologists suggest round beads such as jojoba to the face gently. Some scrubs made especially for the body contain ingredients that are more abrasive, which is perfect for the stubborn dirt. Body scrubs are also used to remove excessive tan.
What Scrub Does?
Scrubs as discussed above reveal smoother and softer skin beneath dead old skin cells. By using scrubs, a person is helping the skin in transforming itself, from dull, almost lifeless quality to stunning and glowing. In a way, scrubs help to “buff and polish” the skin to maintain its youthful glow. Scrubs, as exfoliating agents, are also important in stimulating circulation and encourage the removal of toxins, by unclogging skins pores. The skin can absorb efficiently and effectively all the needed nourishing and moisturizing products when skin pores are unclogged.
In summary, the following are the benefits of using scrubs
- It helps the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells, to give you a youthful looking skin.
- Prevents the accumulation of sebum, which clogged pores.
- Maintains clearer complexion as scrubs removes dirt and grime.
- Boost the regeneration properties of our skin by improving blood circulation and removing toxins that speed up the aging process.
Do’s and Don’ts for scrub
When you think of all the benefits of exfoliating and scrubbing, a person may get carried away. He may make the most of it by getting into the habit every day. Unfortunately, over doing scrubbing may also be detrimental to the health of your skin. The following are possible complications as cautioned by health practitioners:
- Excessive exfoliation using scrub may strip the skin of the needed natural oils. These natural oils maintains the elasticity of the skin;
- Over scrubbing may also result to dry, course skin which could become irritated;
- It is better to consult your dermatologist to determine your skin type. Some skin types such as oily or combination skin may need more exfoliation and scrub than normal to sensitive skin;
- Before using a scrub, determine its ingredients so you can check if there are particular allergens that you are susceptible to;
In other words, while it is very important to help the skin in its process of regeneration and exfoliation by scrubbing, the consensus is to not overdo it. Check first the ingredients before using it. Twice to thrice a week will do wonders for your skin. More than this may cancel out its health benefits.
Frequently Asked Question’s (FAQ’s):
Why Should I Use a Scrub to Scrub or Not to Scrub?
The simple answer is that scrub will help your body, particularly your skin in the process of regeneration. As mentioned above, as we age the body’s ability to exfoliate and shed dry skin cells slow down resulting to the accumulation of dead skin on the surface. Combined with grime, dirt and excessive oils, this will clog the skin pores that make it hard for the skin to receive nourishments. Doctors recommend the use of a scrub to reveal healthy skin cells for a youthful glow.
Is it Possible to scrub Too Often?
While it is true that using a scrub to exfoliate has numerous skin benefits, overindulgence in these habits could also harm the skin. Dermatologist cautioned the public on scrubbing too often. Scrubbing often can strip the skin of natural oils that is important to maintain elasticity. Too much scrubbing may leave skin dry and these dry skins may accumulate and clog pores, which defeats the reason for scrubbing in the first place. Scrubs that are more rough and abrasive use could also damage healthy young skin once the dead layer of the skin is off the body surface if used too often.
Can I Skip the scrub?
While there is no hard and fast rule in using a scrub to exfoliate, dermatologist often recommends the combination of “chemical” or acid exfoliation and physical exfoliation using sponges or scrubs. When you use a chemical or acid exfoliation, you apply the product and leave it on the skin to dissolve dry skin cells. When the skin is subjected to chemical treatments, it is best to rejuvenate from time to time by using a scrub to lift dissolved skin cells from the surface. Using both chemical and physical exfoliation often bring the best result to your skin.
Is it necessary to use different scrub during summer and winter time?
While there are literatures that tell no difference between scrubs you should use during summer or during wintertime, experts agreed that the important thing to note is how often you exfoliate and scrub. Yes, it is very important to consider the weather when you are exfoliating using a scrub. During the winter, the skin becomes too dry and would often accumulate excess dry surface skin. Generally, people often apply heavy creams or moisturizers to compensate with the dryness. Unfortunately, this will leave the dry and dead skin to build up on the surface. It will be very important to be extra careful to avoid excessive scrubbing during winter, as your skin may be further damage because of it. The recommended practice is to do mild exfoliation using less course or rough ingredients to reveal healthy skin, and then moisturize the new skin for best results.
What is the difference between a facial scrub and a body scrub?
The article summarizes the benefits of skin exfoliation using scrubs to reveal healthy youthful skin. It further describes the types of scrubs recommended depending on skin types and body parts, whether it’s facial skin or other body skin. Doctors agreed that the skin on the face is far more sensitive than in other parts of the body such as neck, arms, thighs or legs. When using a scrub to exfoliate it is very important to consider where you will use the scrub. For body scrub, it is okay to use more rough ingredients or pumice to strip the stubborn dirt and dead surface skin. For the face, dermatologist recommends to avoid grains and husks on scrubs since they have sharp edges that can lacerate the skin. Scrubs that have micro-beads are better for the face since the beads are round and would only role on the skin. This will prevent further skin irritation.
Why is scrub so important for facial skin?
In general, it is important to scrub all over the body to remove the dead surface skin and reveal the healthy youthful looking skin. Medically it is very important to take extra care of the face since it is one of the more sensitive parts of the body. Because of its exposure to different elements such as dirt, dust and other pollutants, the face can accumulate dry, dirty and dead skin cells that can cause clogged pores. The clogged pores in turn may become infected which could cause pimples and other skin blemishes. It is much more important to get into the habit of exfoliating the facial skin by using gentle scrub since the face is often the first part of the person’s body to be noticed. People may criticize the other person just by looking on the quality of his or her facial skin.
What is the difference between exfoliant and scrub?
Exfoliation is the process of removing surface dry skin cells. The skin of a person naturally undergoes this process to reveal healthy younger looking surface skin. As discussed above, when a person matures, this exfoliation process slows down, unfortunately the accumulation of dry dead surface skin speeds up, especially if you have a certain skin type and the type of work you do often exposes you to dirt and other pollutants. A person uses a scrub to help his skin in the process of rejuvenation and renewal. The scrub will physically get rid of the stubborn dead surface skin. Exfoliate the skin by using chemical or acid exfoliants, apply and leave it on the skin to dissolved dirt and grime, together with the dry dead surface skin. A combination of chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation using a scrub is recommended to have a better result.
Is scrubbing safe if you have skin problems?
It is best to consult a dermatologist when you have skin problems. The doctor can advise you on the type of scrub which is best suited for your skin.
Exfoliation is a natural process of the body. The skin undergoes renewal every day to reveal a health youthful surface. Unfortunately, as we age our body slows down this process that result in accumulation of dry surface skin, which could clogged pores and infect cause pimples, acne and other skin infections. Using a scrub can help the skin to remove the dead surface skin and expose the healthy younger looking skin. Scrubbing twice or thrice a week can produce dramatic results to your skin. The goal is to reduce irritation when using a scrub for exfoliation. If you are in doubt regarding your skin type and the appropriate scrub to use, it is better to consult with a dermatologist.