Exfoliation is paramount for a healthy complexion, but given the wide array of scrubs available in the market, how do we choose one? Here are the keys to choose the right one.
The skin sheds dead skin cells every 30 days, but you can actually help the process. There are two main types of exfoliation: chemical and mechanical exfoliation. While chemical exfoliation uses acid to remove dead skin buildup, mechanical exfoliation uses some scrub to slough away dead cells from the top layer of the skin to reveal glowy skin.
Two of the most common ingredients in scrubs are sugar and salt –whether you DIY it or you but one, here is how to choose one of them?
Salt is a natural detoxifier, but it could be dehydration, so it would not be a good choice if you have dry or sensitive skin. they stimulate circulation and may lead to redness. If you are going to choose a salt scrub, go for a mineral-rich one made out of Epsom, pink Himalayan or sea salt.
Sugar scrubs are less abrasive than salt scrubs, using coconut sugar is a good idea as it contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Not only will it exfoliate, but it will also act as a natural humectant.
How to choose one
The most important factor to consider when you are choosing a physical exfoliant, it to opt for one that has fine, smooth not too abrasive particles –to avoid micro-wounds in the skin. You should never exfoliate more than twice a week and avoid doing it if your skin is irritated.
How to DIY your scrubs
- Mix a cup of coconut sugar with 1 2/2 teaspoons of matcha tea powder, 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
- For a sea salt scrub, mix 2 cups of unrefined sea salt, 1 tablespoon of maca root powder ¾ cup of sunflower oil and a few drops of holy basil essential oil.
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