What Is A Body Scrub?
Just like your face, your body needs exfoliation to stay soft, smooth, and healthy. If your current body care is limited to a loofah and a bar of soap, it’s time to level up. Laki Naturals exfoliating body scrubs are a perfect addition to your skincare routine! Body scrubs are physical exfoliants that rub away dead skin cells. The feel of a “scrub” typically comes from a combination of sugar and/or salt that is suspended in an oil base.
The concept of body scrubs is not new and has been around as a body care treatment for ages! Egyptians invented this beauty method to naturally exfoliate their skin. They used to combine exfoliating particles like sugar in perfumed oil to make body scrubs. This method has made its way to modern skincare due to the variety of benefits it offers.
The Health Benefits of a Scrub
Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. That turnover process slows as we get older; to give it a nudge, reach for a body scrub. As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps increase blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin.
Most beauty experts agree that applying body lotion or a dry body oil after exfoliation accelerates the effects of moisturizing. The hydrating and moisturizing boost happens because the exfoliating body scrub removes dull and dead skin cells from your body, which allows the skin to absorb lotions more readily and fluently.
An exfoliating body scrub can also be a great addition to your acne-fighting regimen, as many body scrubs contain ingredients that help prevent breakouts on your body by minimizing pores. Exfoliating with a body scrub also helps when applying self-tanner to your skin, helping you attain a glow without the streaks. Overall, using an exfoliating body scrub acts as a booster to help maximize the effects of the products you apply to your skin.
As with all exfoliants, the goal of a body scrub is to remove dead skin cells and encourage the healthy production of new ones. This type of exfoliation not only smooths and polishes the skin but also draws out impurities. Exfoliation is an excellent way to support detoxification. “Your skin helps detoxification pathways with enzymes and chemical reactions that release toxins and decrease oxidative stress in the body," writes Dr.Brashia in an interview with Healthline.
The Benefits of Body Scrubs Include:
- Promoting efficient circulation and skin cell turnover
- Removing dead cells from the skin’s surface
- Smoothing and softening rough, dry skin
- Freeing ingrown hairs and smoothing razor bumps
Benefits of Salt Scrub
Salt scrubs tend to have grittier particles and are particularly useful in smoothing rough areas like feet and elbows. Salt also has detoxifying properties: Its trace minerals are natural purifiers. This action invigorates the skin, promoting more efficient circulation and healthy skin cell turnover.
Benefits of Sugar Scrub
Sugar particles are usually round and less abrasive than other natural exfoliants. It is easy and simple to make a mild body scrub with sugar. Since it is a naturally found glycolic acid, it breaks down the dead cells of your skin and provides a smooth skin surface. Sugar also hydrates your skin and helps it maintain the natural moisture level.
How To Use A Body Scrub
It’s best to use a body scrub two to three times per week to keep your skin soft and smooth from head to toe. Here’s how to add one to your body care routine:
- Use lukewarm water; allow it to run for 5-10 minutes to soften the skin
- Pause running water and apply the scrub in circular motions; start at your feet and move upwards towards your heart to enhance circulation
- Maintain gentle pressure (don’t scrub too hard!)
- Rinse thoroughly
- Apply your favorite body oil or lotion while your skin is still slightly damp.
Laki Naturals Body Scrubs
When shopping for a body scrub it’s always a good idea to go all-natural with skin-friendly ingredients. Laki Naturals has 3 body scrubs-
Each body scrub is made cruelty-free, all-natural, with Hawaiian sea salt or natural sugar, and essential oils. If you have sensitive skin or just love the calming effects of lavender, the Lavender Sugar Scrub is the one for you! Plumeria Sea Salt Scrub is great for a refreshing smell and restoring blend of nutrient-rich oils. Mango and Coconut Sea Salt Scrub is popular for the yummy smell of mango with coconut, as well as the Hawaiian Ala’ea Volcanic Clay!