What is a facial scrub and why should I use it?
A facial scrub also known as an exfoliator tends to be a thicker and more concentrated formula used to cleanse the skin. They contain micro particles to mechanically scrub the skin and help loosen and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. They should leave your skin noticeably smoother just after one application. Like all exfoliation, it is a nice treatment for both acne and wrinkles because it encourages the surfacing of newer, younger skin cells. This can also make your wrinkle cream, facial, or acne treatment more effective because it allows it to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin instead of being wasted on the dead skin cells sitting on top that often block absorption.
Unlike fruit acid peels that work chemically to loosen dead skin cells, facial scrubs uses gentle abrasion to correct skin issues or give the skin a polished appearance. The results you’ll get depend largely on the pressure you use, the ingredients in your scrub, and how often you use it.
Can I use a facial scrub if I have acne prone skin?
There is so much information out there that says “yes”, then there are others that say “no”. I personally believe that YES you are able to use facial scrubs as that is what has allowed me and the many other people I have helped achieve healthy new skin. The trick is to make sure that you don’t overuse them and that you are gentle with your application. You want to encourage the stimulation of new skin cells and the loosening of the old without actually clawing your skin off. Being rough will only cause more damage and sensitivity.
Facial scrubs are especially good for acne prone skin because they help remove dead skin, dirt, and other debris that often clog pores and cause pimples.
What should I look for in a facial scrub?
Here are the 3 key things that can make all the difference to your skin care regime:
- The particles contained in the scrub should not be too large. If the granules are too large you risk irritating and scratching your skin. You want something that is large enough to loosen the surface layer of the skin without leaving red marks behind but small enough to ensure thorough coverage. I strongly recommend a scrub that contains micro granules as well as fine particles like clay
- Your scrub formula should be soap free. Soap can be very irritating to the skin as it strips your skin of its natural oils leaving it dry and sensitive
- Select a product that contains a high concentrate of plant extracts, oils and essential oils to promote hydration, skin repair, regeneration and healing. Just like us, your skin cells need a variety of vitamins and antioxidants to grow healthy and strong, and the highest quality comes from nature itself.
How often should I use a facial scrub?
There is no one rule for how often to exfoliate however, I highly recommend no more than twice a week. You need to give your skin time to regenerate and repair, but if you are scrubbing it on a daily basis you may be aggravating your skin condition rather than treating it. Leave your face cleanser to do the daily work and your facial scrub to do the serious work once a week.
It’s also important to remember that when scrubbing, it is more effective to use less pressure for a longer period of time, than it is to scrub vigorously and quickly.
When you combine the use of face masks, fruit acid peels and steaming treatments in your skin care regime, you will find that you won’t need to perform a facial scrub anymore than once a week.
How fast does it work?
As I have mentioned before, using natural skin care ingredients are extremely effective but they do work from the deeper layers of the skin, therefore you must be patient and manage your expectations. The quality of your facial scrub plays a massive role too in the results you can expect to see. If it is filled with synthetic ingredients that act as fillers then that means there is less room for the good stuff and you aren’t getting as much out of your facial scrub as you should.
You will start to see minor improvements along the way, but it may take a few months of frequent use to see awesome results and with dedication; such a skin regimen can really improve skin problems such as acne, scarring, and wrinkles. You can get amazing skin by incorporating a good facial scrub into your routine.