Too much of anything is bad and the same goes for scrubbing during baths. Scrubbing isn’t harmful per se but it’s the way we do it that determines its effectiveness. For me there are three things about scrubbing that makes it good: timing, strength and the right product.
Avoid frequent scrubbing of the face and body. I can actually do away with scrubbing the body; maybe once every month is fine. When it comes to the face, scrubbing every 2 -4 weeks is good enough. If your timing is too soon you won’t be able to appreciate the difference between a scrubbed and not-scrubbed skin. Your natural skin shedding is also once monthly so it is better to go along with the natural cycle rather than scrub too often which can cause thinning and reddening of the skin. Take note to not use scrubs if your skin is already irritated or inflamed like when you have acne.
Of course rubbing the body too hard with a sponge, towel or any product would cause petechiae (pinpoint bleeding) and tiny bumps to appear. And the face, well, it’s more delicate so proper products should be used. A light circular motion should be applied over the skin (with a facial or body scrub) and that should do the trick. Remember to not drag the skin too much and to not rub the face downward to avoid sagging.
The it product here is St. Ives Apricot scrub. Everyone loves it and it’s not hard to see why. Its main ingredient, apricot is a plant related to prunes and has been in use since ancient times.
Different parts of the plant—seed, oil, kernel, fruit—were used by traditional healers for its healing properties for the skin, digestive and respiratory tract. Its oil is said to be rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin A and E hence its antioxidant properties.
St. Ives has apricot scrubs formulated as ‘gentle’, ‘invigorating, ‘blemish and blackhead control’, and ‘renew and firm’. I use St. Ives scrub once a month on my face and absolutely love the feel afterwards. Its smell is fresh and citrusy and light. The scrub particles really help clean the face and not much effort is needed to use it. A simple—very light—circular motion is enough to do wonders for your skin. The effect afterwards is a very soft, matte, and clean skin.
This is a must-have in your beauty cabinet! Forget the expensive scrubs, St. Ives Apricot scrub is effective and is definitely worth its price.
As a scrubbing companion, sponges also help in keeping the skin’s softness. Choose the soft medium sized sponges to avoid abrasions and their size allow faster drying too.
Enjoy a healthful glow with proper scrubbing!
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