How to Use Facial Scrubs Properly

Facial scrubs are very popular products.  They are an easy way to add exfoliation into your routine.  You can use them to remove dead skin cells and other debris which adhere to the skin and give it a dull and rough texture.  This layer of skin contributes to acne by clogging pores and can block the absorption of facial treatments such as wrinkle creams, making them ineffective.

Most people use facial scrubs as a form of mechanical exfoliation.  This type of exfoliation uses an abrasive material to manually polish the skin, giving it a smoother surface.  Typical exfoliants include nut hulls and jojoba beads.  You may also use a facial loofah.  Although you’ll see some improvement right away, you’ll get the best results after regular use.  If you are exfoliating with a facial scrub in the shower, try to wait until the end when your skin is super hydrated and sloughs off easily.

It’s important to use the right amount of pressure and time.  Many people scrub quickly and press too hard.  Scrubbing will be most effective if you use mild to moderate pressure for around 30 seconds.  Polishing of buffing is probably a better term to describe the process.  If you have sensitive skin, you may need to work your way up to using that much time, and it not be best to do it every day.   If you are using a strong product, like a microdermabrasion scrub, follow the directions given.  These scrubs contain microdermabrasion crystals, which are stronger than other abrasives commonly found in facial scrubs.

You can damage your skin by over exfoliating with a scrub.  Your face may be red and tingly immediately after use, but there shouldn’t be any pain.  Sometimes you can’t tell if you’ve overdone it until a few hours after the treatment.  There shouldn’t be any lingering redness of tenderness.  If you’ve over exfoliated, give your self a week or more to heal completely before using a scrub again.

Using a facial scrub will enhance the results of other facial treatments.  Exfoliating will remove any dead skin to allow the product to work on live skin.  Use it the morning you plan to use a clay mask, or before you use an anti aging serum or wrinkle cream.  Scrubbing will also help your moisturizer work more effectively, which can really help people with dry skin.

It’s important to be careful when using other forms of exfoliation, like glycolic acid lotions and peels.  If you are starting to use serious skin care methods like peeling, it’s important to go slowly and gradually introduce stronger products into your routine.  Don’t use any facial scrub after you’ve done a chemical peel.  It’s tempting to try to remove the peeling skin, but it’s important to let it slough off naturally.

Most people can start off using a scrub daily, unless they have sensitive skin.  Microdermabrasion treatments are typically only used once or twice a week.  If you are using strong scrubs, you’ll need to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.  Fresh skin burns much easier and can form brown spots known as hyper pigmentation.

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