Using a homemade body scrub is the best way to get healthy, well-cared-for skin.
The skin on the body needs regular deep cleansing to remove accumulated impurities and prepare it for maximum nourishment.
A homemade body scrub restores a glowing appearance to your skin by harnessing the properties of natural ingredients we all have at home.
What is a scrub?
An exfoliator is a product used to deep cleanse the skin and remove the thin layer of dead skin cells and impurities that prevent the skin from breathing and regenerating.
Exfoliating the skin is a great way to get rid of the hated blackheads on both the body and face. Therefore, it is essential to integrate both body exfoliation, the subject of this article, and facial exfoliation into our skincare routine.
Blackheads or open blackheads are pores clogged by excess sebum, dead skin cells and dirt. The black colour is produced when sebum oxidises in contact with air.
They tend to appear in the oilier areas of the face (nose and forehead) and on the body (shoulders, back and chest).
Environmental pollution, hormonal changes, our diet and the use of creams and other cosmetics impact metabolism and cell renewal.
Exfoliation activates blood circulation and promotes the production of collagen, the element that gives firmness and support to our skin and slows down the appearance of wrinkles. It is also recommended for acne-prone skin, as it stimulates the formation of new cells, improving the appearance of the dermis and concealing the scars caused by acne.
Another benefit of exfoliation is that it helps to even out uneven skin tone.
How should I exfoliate the skin on my body?
The best time to exfoliate your body is after showering to avoid irritation when the skin is damp.
The exfoliating scrub is applied to the skin by gently massaging the skin with your hand in circular, upward movements from the feet to the shoulders.
It is essential to exfoliate the areas most prone to dryness or signs of ageing:
- On the feet, exfoliation helps restore the often neglected and cracked skin on the heels.
- Hands are one of the most prone to signs of ageing. Exfoliating and moisturising them is essential to keep them looking beautiful.
- The back is another area prone to pimples and blackheads. Exfoliation restores a smooth, clean look.
Massage each area and rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
When you have finished exfoliating your entire body, apply your usual moisturiser.
If you have normal or oily skin, you can exfoliate two or three times a week. If you have dry skin, once a week is enough.
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Benefits of body exfoliation
When we exfoliate the skin of the face and body, we achieve a more luminous appearance and a smoother texture. This happens by eliminating toxins and dead cells that accumulate in the epidermis.
In addition to the aesthetic aspect, exfoliation contributes to healthier skin and, therefore, is more effective in its functions as a defensive barrier against the aggressions of microorganisms and external agents, preventing infections and damage.
Here are the main benefits of exfoliation:
● It reactivates blood circulation and helps fight cellulite.
● Regulates sebum in oily skin.
● It helps to remove blemishes and impurities.
● Enables a more even tan.
● It prevents leg hair from becoming ingrown.
● Increases the effectiveness of cosmetics by allowing them to penetrate the skin better.
Make your homemade body scrub.
The homemade body scrub makes the most of the properties of its ingredients and avoids the use of chemicals that can irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions.
It is easy to make and effective.
Lemon sugar/honey sugar
Mix three tablespoons of sugar, either white or brown, with the squeezed juice of ½ lemon. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about five minutes.
The sugar and honey scrub consists of mixing three spoonfuls of sugar with three spoonfuls of honey and two spoonfuls of oil. Apply to the body, massage and rinse.
Salt with olive or almond oil
Massage and rinse. Coarse salt is ideal for this scrub. Mix ½ cup of coarse salt with ¼ cup of almond or olive oil, ready for application.
Milk and oatmeal (ideal for sensitive skin)
The soft texture of oatmeal soothes the skin and is very suitable for the most delicate skins. To make the scrub, mix ½ cup of ground oatmeal with three tablespoons of powdered milk. Add a little warm water and stir.
Coffee with sugar and oil
This scrub is beneficial for cellulite skin because of its caffeine content. Mix two cups of ground coffee with three tablespoons of almond or olive oil and ½ cup of sugar. Mix and apply.
Coconut oil and sugar (recommended for dry skin)
Coconut oil gives extra nourishment to dry skin. The preparation is straightforward. Mix ½ cup of sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil. You can apply it in the shower after rinsing off the bath soap. Massage and rinse with lukewarm water.
Exfoliate and care for your skin with natural ingredients
Natural cosmetics provide effective and respectful care for your skin.
Enjoy all the benefits of your homemade body scrub and give your skin a healthy and glowing appearance.
Follow our tips and get the best natural products to pamper your skin more and better without leaving home.