What Not To Do While Scrubbing
- What not to use
Regardless of your skin type, avoid exfoliators that contain irritating or coarse particles, which can injure your skin. When it comes to exfoliation, not all products are created equal. Many scrubs that have exfoliants in them are too harsh for your skin.
- Stay away from exfoliators that contain:
- nut shells
- coarse salt
- baking soda
Exfoliation usually leaves you with smoother, softer skin. To maintain these results, make sure you follow up with a good moisturizer that’s best for your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for a cream moisturizer, which is richer than a lotion one. If you have combination or oily skin, look for a light, oil-free lotion or gel-based moisturizer. While you probably already know about the importance of wearing sunscreen, it’s even more important if you’ve been exfoliating. Acids and mechanical exfoliation remove a full layer of skin from your face. The newly exposed skin is very sensitive to sunlight and much more likely to burn. Find out which SPF you should be using on your face.
In addition, you should be extra cautious with exfoliation if you have:
- an active acne breakout
- an underlying condition that causes lesions on your face, such as herpes simplex
Finally, before trying any new product on your skin, do a small patch test first. Apply a little bit of the new product to a small area of your body, like the inside of your arm. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and removal. If you don’t notice any signs of irritation after 24 hours, you can try using it on your face.
How to Use a Facial Scrub
Using a facial scrub can make your skin feel beautiful, youthful, soft, and like it’s glowing. Unlike a regular soap or cleanser, a facial scrub uses small particles, beads, or chemicals to get rid of the old skin cells and make way for new ones in a process known as exfoliation. With all of its benefits, you should consider making a facial scrub a part of your weekly skin care routine.
- Preparing to Use a Facial Scrub Not everyone should exfoliate their skin using a facial scrub. For example, persons with rosacea, warts, inflammatory acne, or herpes might find their conditions exacerbated by exfoliating scrubs. Determine your skin type. Different kinds of skin will react differently to facial scrubs and other products, and some facial scrubs are designed for your particular skin type. Perhaps you already know whether you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin. If not, you might want to determine your skin type using a tissue test. Choose the best facial scrub for your skin type. Most commercial facial scrubs will state whether they are appropriate for dry, oily, combination, normal, or sensitive skin. Some facial scrubs will also be appropriate for all skin types.
- Washing Your Face with a Facial Scrub
Use warm water to wet your skin. If you have long hair, you should pull it back into a ponytail or bun so that it doesn’t get in the way. Make sure you moisten your entire face. It is best to use warm water, but avoid using water that is too hot. Massage your skin gently with the facial scrub for one minute. Take a dab of the scrub and massage it all over your face and neck. Be careful not to rub too hard, so that you can avoid unnecessary redness or peeling. Also be particularly careful not to get the scrub in your eyes. Rinse the scrub off your face. Make sure you get it all off. When you rinse all of it off, your skin will feel very smooth and soft. Dry your skin. Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel and continue with the rest of your skin care routine. Moisturize your skin. Even if you have oily or combination skin, moisturizing is a necessary part of a skin care routine, especially after exfoliating with a facial scrub. Moisturizing helps to prevent the overproduction of skin oils and keeps the skin healthy and well-balanced. Use the scrub only once or twice per week. It might be tempting to get that soft, glowing feeling every morning. However, using a facial scrub too often can peel away your delicate skin cells and leave you feeling red, raw, and sore.
- Observing the Results of a Facial Scrub
Pay close attention to your skin for the next few weeks. If the scrub is effective, you should begin seeing signs of softer, smoother, more youthful skin fairly quickly. In which case, congratulations! You have uncovered the best product for exfoliating your skin. Watch for signs of redness, itching, or rash. These are indications of an allergy or sensitivity. If you experience these symptoms, you should discontinue use of this particular scrub immediately and select an alternative product. Try out a different scrub if you are unhappy with your first attempt. It might take a few tries in order for you to find the ideal product for your skin type. Remember to be patient and watchful. You will find a good match eventually!