Your best friend swears it’s the must have for the perfect skin routine…but you do not even know what a scub is? Here is all you need to know about the body and face scrub: when to do it and which treatments you should combine, which scrub is better for your skin type and when you should not do it! Here we go!
1 – What are face and body scrub?
The scrub is a gel or cream product, for face or body, enriched with slightly abrasive granules: it can be massaged on the skin and then rinsed. It is a very ancient practice of beauty, already known in ancient Greece where people used to rub the body with grape seeds, and rooted in the ancient tradition of the hamman (turkish bath), made with horsehair glove and natural oils.
Specifically, you need a scrub in order to:
- Clean the skin deeply
- Eliminate makeup and smog residues
- Eliminate dead cells and promote cell renewal
- Release the pores
- Prepare the skin for others treatments such as moisturizing masks, anti-aging serums, etc
- Improve skin oxygenation
- Limit the formation of blackheads and small pimples.
In addition, it removes the superficial layer of the skin, so it is particularly indicated to obtain a uniform and lasting tan.
Body and face scrubs are the ideal products if you want a luminous skin, without discoloration or imperfections like pimples or blackheads. If the skin is particularly dry, dull and stressed, it’s definitely time to give it tone and brightness with a scrub and an excellent moisturizer!
2- How to choose the ideal scrub?
You must choose the scrub basing on your skin type and on the type of treatment that will follow after the scrub. The particularly delicate scrubs, with small granules, are less abrasive and therefore are generally suitable for all skin types.
The Biancamore Scrub made from buffalo milk and sugar is so delicate that – in the absence of couperose or other skin problems – it can be used on the body and on the face as well. The sugar, in small granules, performs the exfoliating and antiseptic action, while the buffalo milk deeply hydrates, favoring the restoration of the skin’s hydrolipic mantle (thanks to natural moisturizing factors that prevent the loss of water).
3 – How to scrub?
The scrub is an easy-to-use cosmetic product, so you can scrub your face and body at home! The first thing you need to know is that the scrub should be done on the deeply clear skin, so in the case of facial scrub it is necessary to remove make-up before proceeding.
Here’s how to do the scrub the right way:
- Apply the scrub on moist skin (even during the shower)
- If you’re making a face scrub, avoid the eye contour and massages the more “fat” areas like the nose
- You can use the scrub all over your body (except in intimate areas) by insisting on elbows, heels, knees and on areas where the discolorations are more evident
- Whether it is the facial or body scrub, you can massage in the opposite direction to the blood circulation in order to stimulate it
- Remember not to massage too hard!
- Use warm water to remove the scrub.
If you are doing a facial scrub, after gently drying the epidermis you can proceed with the application of a mask for the face, a serum or a cream suitable for your skin type. If your skin need hydratation, we suggest to use the Biancamore face cream with buffalo milk: enrich with natural moisturizing factors, such as lactobionic acid, deeply moisturizes and protects the skin from external agents, preserving the effect of the scrub.
4- When and how often is it advisable to scrub?
Even if the scrub has no age, it is especially recommended after 30 years. The reason is simple: the cell renewal process slows down over the years and scrub exfoliation becomes essential to help keep your skin younger!
But, regardless your age, you can scrub when:
- The skin is particularly stressed
- You have to clean the epidermis in depth
- You have discolouration of the skin color due to tanning
- You have an excess of dead skin (for example after summertime)
- On the skin you have blackheads and small pimples
The scrub should not always be done: once a week it is sufficient for normal skin, once every two / three weeks for the most delicate ones.
5 – When do NOT scrub?
Although the scrub can be delicate, even for this product there are small contraindications. The scrub should not be done:
- If the skin is damaged, it presents burns, rashes or frequent herpes
- On dry skin
- If you suffer from acne with papules and pustules because the inflammation would increase
- If the skin is very fragile or prone to couperose, because it could break the capillaries
- If you have to depilate less than 48 hours later, do not subject the skin to too much stress.
6 – What is the difference between scrubs, peels and scrubs?
Now that you know everything about the scrub, let’s move on to the next level: what is the difference between scrubs, scrubs and peeling? Do not panic! All you need to know is that:
- The gommage has a very thin grain that is only slightly abrasive, so it has a more delicate exfoliating action than the scrub. Despite being softer, even the gommage can be done maximum once a week.
- The peeling instead exfoliates the skin with a combination of chemical substances and physical exfoliating ingredients. This means that the grain of the skin is similar and the cellular change takes place more quickly. Being more abrasive than the scrub, it is good to perform the maximum peeling once a month.
That’s why you should choose between gommage, scrub and peeling depending on the type of skin and the result you want to achieve.
7 – There are also scrubs for the lips!
Last thing to know? Scrubs are also very helpful for dry and chapped lips! The lip scrubs are ideal for nourish the lips and toning them. If you do not have particularly delicate skin, even our Scrub made with sugar and buffalo milk can be used on the lips: its grain is thin and delicate and the hydrating effect is guaranteed by lactobionic acid! Also in the case of the lip scrub, it is necessary to complete the treatment with a highly moisturizing gesture, such as using a cocoa butter.
If you prefer to choose a more delicate scrub and maybe you want to make it at home with a few natural ingredients, here is a self-made lip scrub highly moisturizing!
8 – The scrub is also suitable for men
Exfoliation is good for the skin … even for men! Scrub regularly helps the sebaceous activity of male skin that is more prone to skin impurities than female. In addition, the facial scrub helps to soften the epidermis and to facilitate shaving … which will be really perfect!
Ready for the scrub?
Now that you know everything about the scrub, you just have to dedicate a moment to yourself and start pampering your skin!
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