7 Day Guide to Skincare: Scrub your Body on Monday

7 Day Guide to Skincare: Scrub your Body on Monday

Today happens to be the first day of our 7 Day Guide To Skincare special. We feel it’s right to start your week with a good scrub on Monday. Here’s how you should get yourself squeaky clean at the beginning of the week.

Day 1 To Better Your Skin:

Scrub your Body on Monday         

Well, most of us struggle with uneven or dull looking skin. And this is a problem, women of all ages go through. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We suggest you start your week with a few minutes of gentle exfoliation. Apart from dullness, dead skin cells act like a barrier between the dermal layer of your skin and moisture. So you maybe putting a lot of cream on your body but chances are it wouldn’t be reaching your skin, thanks to the uppermost/epidermal layer of your skin. A weekly exfoliation ensures your arms, shoulders, back, legs look supple.

Image courtesy: Katandamiea
Image courtesy: Katandamiea

What is the ideal time to scrub your body?

Exfoliating is most effective (and least aggressive) on wet skin, so get scrubbing at the end of your shower.

How do I find the right scrub for my skin?

If you’re a teenager, or below 21, I’d say, use small to medium granuled scrub for all parts of your body.

If you’re above 25, you can go all about in looking ingredients, essential oils and textures you like. Sugar( both white and brown) and sea salt are widely used amongst beauty brands because they help polish your skin without damaging your skin. I happen to like oat and rice based scrubs too because they have a bit of a skin tightening effect too.

Use anything with rose, lavender or jasmine essentials if you want to calm your senses or prepare yourself for the day to come.

 

Remember, you don’t need anything that’s overly harsh on your body while scrubbin’ your body.

You can try Iraya Soothing Sugar Body Polish, Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub.

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What is the ideal way to apply a scrub?

Use gentle strokes to apply a scrub on your body on damp skin(arms, tummy, legs and back). Make sure you use small, circular motions and go over and over again on your body parts: décolletage, arms, elbows, underarms. Proceed towards your belly (not too much), thighs, knees and legs.

All YouTubers and fellow beauty bloggers agree that scrubbing helps release ingrown hairs before you shave. If you’re planning to shave, this is the right time.

Do I have to use a scrub?

If you have red, scaly, or chapped skin, skip the exfoliator. Use a creamy body wash with a soft loofah. Restore the protective lipid barrier with a thick, fragrance-free cream.

 

Image courtesy: Acne.org
Image courtesy: Acne.org

What do I do after I exfoliate?

After exfoliating and patting dry, replenish moisture on your skin. You can use a lotion containing humectants, ingredients that draw water into the skin, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. You can also apply a moisture-sealing occlusive such as cetyl alcohol or something high on vitamins and minerals. Make sure you massage generous amount of creams and lotion onto your skin.

Try Neutrogena Body Emulsion Daily Relief Lotion, Sebamed Anti Dry Hydrating Body LotionCetaphil Moisturising Cream or The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Shower Cream.

See how those 5 minutes were utilised to the fullest? We hope you enjoyed the first day of 7 Day Guide to Skincare.

Stay tuned to our Beauty Special this month!

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