SKIN SCOOP: To Scrub or Not to Scrub; The Scoop on Facial Scrubs!

June 27, 2019

There is a lot of conflicting information in skincare regarding facial scrubs.  Some believe it is beneficial to exfoliate while others believe it is damaging to the skin.  So, what are we to believe? Here is the Skin Scoop on facial scrubs:

What Are the Benefits of Facial Scrubs?

Exfoliating the skin allows ingrained dirt and dead skin cells to be removed.  Ultimately this improves the overall look of skin leaving it smooth and soft. Scrubs may help with dark spots and add glow to your skin. It may help with acne and prepare the skin for deeper penetration of moisturizers.  One of the biggest benefits is exfoliation, if done properly, may slow down the rate at which your skin ages.  As wonderful as this all sounds, remember that too harsh of a scrub can strip the outer layer of skin that acts as a barrier against the environment, so be cautious about what type and how often you exfoliate. 

What Type of Facial Scrub Should I Use?

Traditional scrubs use plastic beads, now being banned as they are harmful to the environment. There are sugar, salt, apricot kernels, and walnut husk scrubs for example, that while they work to exfoliate skin, may be harmful if not applied properly due to the fact that they are not perfectly round.  They have sharp edges that don’t glide perfectly over the face and this could create tiny tears if not used properly. Another type of scrub is a leave on acid exfoliator, and this takes longer and may not be the right type if time is an issue. There are cream or gel -based exfoliators that are gentler on the skin and clean as well, eliminating the need for extra time and steps.  Chemical exfoliators used by a dermatologist are an option if you are unsure about the various types of scrubs available on the market. 

How Do I Apply Facial Scrubs?

Begin by washing skin with warm water.  Hot water may dry out your skin. Use gentle, circular motions to gently massage your face and neck. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously as this may damage the top layer of skin and remove the protective layer that acts as a barrier to the environment.  Rinse the scrub from your face thoroughly using warm and then cool water, making sure all of the scrub is removed. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel.  You should see a difference in a couple of weeks and note if there is any redness, itching or rash.  If you have any of these side effects, discontinue using the product and see a dermatologist.

How Often Should I Exfoliate?

The answer is it depends on your skin type.  If you have rosacea or inflammatory acne or other skin condition, consult a dermatologist before choosing to use a facial scrub.  If you skin type is normal, oily, sensitive or dry this determines how often a scrub should be used.  You can test your skin by washing it, drying it and waiting an hour before putting a tissue on your face.  If the tissue sticks, you have oily skin and if it does not it is dry.  If it sticks in the T-Zone only, you have combination skin. Look for scrubs designed for your skin type and that specific scrub will recommend whether you should use the product once, twice or three time per week.  On average it is recommended 1-2 times per week, but this depends on your skin type and the product you choose.  Follow the directions on the package and pay attention to ingredients, allergens if any, and expiration dates.

As with any skincare product or routine, we are all individual with specific needs.  There is no one clear cut answer for which type of scrub or how often to scrub your skin.  The best advice is be an educated consumer and learn as much about each type of scrub and your skin type to determine what is best for you.  Of course, when in doubt, seek the help of a skin specialist or dermatologist.  Visit Timeless Organics for all of your skincare needs.


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