Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare regime, and any expert will tell you that exfoliating weekly or bi-weeklyis key to maintaining a healthy, clear complexion. But what about the rest of your body?
Despite most of us taking great care to stay on top of our facial exfoliation, many of us treat body scrubs like an indulgenttreat rather than a body care staple. If you already use a body scrub in your weekly regime, good for you! You’ll knowthat is makes all the difference in keeping skin soft and smooth. If you’re not yet convinced, allow us to give you ahandful of great reasons why it’s time to start scrubbing.
What is a body scrub?
Body scrubs are products designed to exfoliate skin. They contain kernels, beads, seeds or other abrasive materials thatphysically slough off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
What are the benefits of using a body scrub?
The main goal of exfoliating with a scrub is to remove dead and dry skin cells from the surface of the skin. Our skin isconstantly regenerating and we shed thousands of microscopic skin cells every day. Some of these fall off naturally, whileothers collect on the surface of the skin.
If not removed properly these dead skin cells can clog pores, resulting in breakouts or blackheads, they can make skinappear dull and they can build up, leading to a rough texture.
When you use a body scrub to exfoliate your skin, you’ll remove these cells, resulting in:
Body acne is usually caused by fluctuating hormones or bacteria from sweat, however, if pores become clogged due to abuild-up of dead skin cells, this may also lead to breakouts.
Have you ever felt how smooth your skin feels after a scrub? That’s because the dead skin cells that accumulate on thesurface may give the skin a rough or uneven texture. Once they’re removed, skin is soft and silky.
Dermatologists and skincare therapists will usually recommend exfoliation for patients who are struggling with a dull orashy complexion. Lacklustre skin may not be as noticeable on the body as it is on the face, but you’ll definitely notice anincrease in radiance after a scrub.
The physical act of rubbing a scrub on your skin in circular motions increases blood flow and improves circulation. Notonly does this improve the skin’s radiance, but it also helps prevent the formation of cellulite.
Fewer ingrown hairs
If you’re prone to ingrown hairs you’ll know how painful and pesky they can be. Body scrubs can help free the trappedhairs and minimize the appearance of razor burn.
How do you use a body scrub?
Start off by washing your skin to remove and dirt, debris or sweat, and rinse with lukewarm water. Scoop some bodyscrub from the tub and gently massage the product into your skin in circular motions. Pay particular attention to areas thatare prone to rough skin, like the feet and ankles, knees and elbows. If you find the texture too rough on your hands, youcan use an exfoliating mitten or sponge. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry. Follow with your favourite bodymoisturiser. Do this once or twice a week for softer, smoother luminous skin.
What type of scrub is best?
Scrubs and exfoliators came under scrutiny a few years back when it was discovered that the synthetic microbeads foundin many of them were contaminating the ocean and were even found inside of dead fish. It’s really important to choose ascrub that contains natural ingredients and that is free from plastic or synthetic microbeads. Not only are these bad foryour skin (they can be very harsh and cause micro cuts) but they are also bad for the planet.
Sugar and salt are two of the most commonly used abrasives in natural body scrubs. Sugar is by far the superior option: itsgranules are smaller and it is less abrasive than salt. Suitable for use on sensitive skins, sugar scrubs are much gentler,without skimping on efficacy. Salt granules, on the other hand, are larger in size and have sharper edges, making it moreabrasive on the skin.
Tree Hut is known for their award-winning, best-selling Shea Sugar Scrubs (R395.00), and South Africans are finallyable to get their hands on these sought-after products as they’re now available for purchase locally!
Made from shea butter and sugar, these body scrubs transform skin with the aid of natural ingredients. They’re free fromsynthetic ingredients like parabens and sulphates and contain a special blend of six oils to nourish, hydrate and softenskin.
And their scents? They’re out of this world! Available in a major variety from classic (the crow-pleasers like MoroccanRose and Coconut Lime) to destination-inspired (think Coco Colada and Tropic Glow) and solution-driven (the likes ofVitamin C and Pineapple).
Whether you’re a scrub fanatic or you’re new to the idea, Tree Hut’s range of Shea Sugar Scrubs will transform your bodyscrub regime and leave your skin feeling and looking great.
About Tree Hut
Tree Hut believes that that everyone deserves to take time in their day to feel good and their products are designed toelevate your daily beauty rituals. With Tree Hut you can transform a simple hygiene routine into an indulgent self-caresession thanks to their feel-good, filled-with-goodness product range.
Ready for a feel good glow from head to toe? Sweeten your self-care routine with Tree Hut’s affordable, quality body careproducts and make every day a spa day.
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