Scrubs and their effect on the skin

Scrubs and their effect on the skin

It is obviously, that each of us wants to prolong youth, and the skin is the one can show our age. That's why we try to take care of it, being in search of suitable ways to improve its condition. One of the ways of home skin rejuvenation is the using scrubs. Even in ancient times people began to use scrubs for this purpose- in ancient Egypt, for example, they made a scrub with olive oil, and the Romans and Greeks used honey and peeled sand.

By the way, I always thought that peeling in a certain way injures the skin, and that it needs to be carried out when absolutely necessary. But the more I learned about this procedure and its effect on the skin, the more I understood its meaning and the more often all kinds of scrubs (including those made by myself) began to appear on my dressing table.So let's refresh our understanding of the structure of the skin:

skin structure

  • Epidermis is the uppermost layer of the skin, includes an old layer of skin on the surface (in fact, practically dead) and the new layer of skin under that.
  • Derma is a layer between the epidermis and the subcutaneous layer, including collagen and elastic fibers, sweat glands and sebaceous glands of the hair follicle.
  • Subcutaneous layer (fat) is deeper, its function is to store and keep nutrients. It contains hair follicles as well as blood vessels, nerve fibers.
Depending on the type of cosmetic procedures, the degree of exposure to the epidermis varies. For example, peeling affects the deeper layers of the epidermis (there are some contraindications to using this procedure), while the scrub affects the uppermost layer of it.
The point of the procedures is that because of removing the surface layers of dead skin cells, the synthesis of collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of the skin is stimulated, which leads to the appearance of new cells that promote the general rejuvenation of the skin, its cleansing, smoothing, saturation with oxygen and smoothness.
Scrub- what is it?
Scrub is a cosmetic product contains solid particles that cleanse the horny upper layer of the skin, improving blood circulation and enriching the skin with oxygen. To these hard particles add a moisturizing base of different consistency- from gelatinous and creamy to vegetable (base) oils. Of course, for the face are used more delicate, and for the body - larger and coarser particles. Just like the cream, the scrub should match your skin type. If you make scrub at home (and I prefer this because of its economy and individuality), be sure none of ingredients are allergen to your skin.
How to use?
In fact, taking a bath or shower at home, we are already performing a cosmetic procedure, because under the stream of hot water or under the influence of a long time in the water the upper layer of the skin softens, allowing us to easily remove dead cells from its surface. That's why the scrub is applied after taking a shower / bath on the wet steamed skin. Treat the skin areas on massage lines by massaging movements with the scrub for a few minutes, then carefully rinse with warm water. At the end of the procedure it is recommended to apply a nourishing cream, serum or face mask. Use a scrub not more than 2 times a week, and for sensitive skin- once every two weeks.
Important! Scrubs are not recommended for those who is suffering of acne, also if capillaries are closely located to the surface of the skin, inflammation and open wounds.

How to prepare scrubs?

The basis for the scrub can be spilled coffee grounds, small sea salt, cane sugar, salt, rice flour, oatmeal, ground walnut - all that contains the smallest solid particles that can help in removing old skin cells. A moisturizing base for scrub can be made with natural ingredients, such as sour cream, honey, basic (vegetable) oil or your favorite body lotion, shower gel.
There are some examples of homemade scrubs:
For all skin types: 2 tbsp. Raspberries (Strawberries) to smash it to gruel and (optionally) add 1-2 drops of mint oil or any other favorite essential oil.

Coffee scrub (for oily and combination skin): to the spilled coffee grounds add your cleansing milk/ shower gel and (optionally) 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Sugar scrub (for dry and sensitive skin): add the base oil to the cane sugar to the desired consistency. Optionally, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Salt scrub (for normal skin): add the base oil to the salt of fine grinding to the desired consistency. If desired, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil.

I hope you will love this pleasant procedure and enjoy to make your own scrubs! We are happy to receive your feedback and comments! See you soon!

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