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Pro Tip: Exfoliate & Moisturize - Why Scrubs are Important

What is a body scrub?

When a person asks, “How are you today” normally you would respond, “Same as yesterday.” According to Science, this is not necessarily true. Every day, our body undergoes changes. Our skin is a prime example. Our skin is constantly changing right before our eyes, but we are not necessarily aware of these transformations. Skin cells renew each day, shedding or exfoliating, as doctors’ call this process of removing dead old skin cells of the body.

Our skin is very good at repairing and regenerating, which takes around 30 days when we are young. As we age, the regeneration process somehow slows down, and the skin accumulates dead surface skin cells. When the skin matures, its natural ability to shed old dead skin cells and transforms itself reduces down. This causes a buildup of dry flakes and gives the skin a dull, rough or lackluster appearance. It may also result in an uneven texture. The process of exfoliation or the shedding of old layers of dead skin cells is important to allow your skin to “breathe.”

So the process of removing these old layers is called Scrubbing. Scrubs can be done using several materials varying from natural to artificial. Bringing your skin back to life by removing the old dead layers and helping your skin to generate healthy new layers is what scrubs simply do.  Scent & Sip offers 2 very different scrubs: Sugar Scrub & Walnut Scrub

What does a body scrub do?

Scrubs reveal smoother and softer skin beneath dead old skin cells. By using scrubs, a person is helping the skin in transforming itself, from dull, almost lifeless quality to stunning and glowing. In a way, scrubs help to “buff and polish” the skin to maintain its youthful glow. Scrubs, as exfoliating agents, are also important in stimulating circulation and encourage the removal of toxins, by unclogging skins pores. The skin can absorb efficiently and effectively all the needed nourishing and moisturizing products when skin pores are unclogged.

  • It helps the skin to exfoliate dead skin cells, to give you a youthful-looking skin.
  • Prevents the accumulation of sebum, which clogged pores.
  • Maintains clearer complexion as scrubs removes dirt and grime.
  • Boost the regeneration properties of our skin by improving blood circulation and removing toxins that speed up the aging process.
How to choose a scrub?

There are countless types of scrubs on the market.  Scent & Sip offers 2 very different kinds so I will focus on those.

Sugar Scrub

Our Sugar Scrub is made of 3 basic yet highly effective ingredients: Sugar, Oil, and your fragrance. Choose our Sugar Scrub for extreme exfoliation and moisturization.  Here is a deep-dive into each ingredient.

Sugar is naturally an emollient, a mild emulsifier, and a humectant which helps soften and soothe the skin. It is often used to correct dryness and scaling. The sugar grains feel great and provide while providing excellent exfoliation properties.

Apricot kernel oil is good for people with sensitive skin. It is non-irritant and soothing for the skin. It is light and quickly makes the skin soft and smooth. Apricot oil percolates deep into the skin. It is easy to apply on the skin as it quickly spreads on the skin. It soothes irritated skin. Since it is light, it does not feel too oily. Once it is absorbed into the skin, it provides moisturization for a long time.
It penetrates nicely into the skin and also improves the delivery of your personal fragrance blend.
  • Emollient: Apricot kernal oil is a brilliant emollient (moisturizer).
  • Anti–Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation when applied topically.
  • Anti-Aging: Provides nutrition and support to the skin so that aging is reduced.
  • Anti Septic: Reduces the risk of infection in open wounds and cuts.
  • Antioxidant: Prevents the skin from damage by free radicals.

Your fragrance is what makes the experience just all that more special.  Want to be whisked away to a favorite vacation spot? Try a blend of Plumeria, Coconut, or Hawaiian Lei.  How about something good enough to eat? Dark Chocolate, Baked Bread, and Butter is a fan favorite.  Or do you need a pick-me-up in the morning? Lemongrass, Champagne, and Grapefruit will do the trick.  Anyway, you choose to scent your scrub be sure you LOVE it!  It will fill your shower with the scent and be a long-lasting body fragrance.  

Walnut Scrub

Our Walnut Body Scrub is a luxuriously thick and creamy body scrub that is designed to help detox and exfoliate the body, revealing a new layer of smooth, shiny, healthy skin. 

We don't skimp on the Crushed Walnut Shell! The color of the base is tan but will tend to vary from batch to batch since walnut shells are a natural compound. 

Choose a Walnut Scrub if you want to feel polished and nourished.  The feel of this scrub is less abrasive and super rich.  This is a good choice if you have sensitive skin.

Ingredient Superstars:

  • Safflower Seed Oil:  gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance and contains proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Good for all skin types, It is highly moisturizing and soothing to the skin. Safflower oil creates a barrier on the skin preventing the skin from losing moisture. 

  • Walnut Shell Powder: Is an abrasive exfoliant that exfoliates dead skin away leaving fresh, new skin.

  • Glycerin: A naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. It draws water into the outer layer of skin, acting as a moisturizing agent. The effects of on skin are a healthier, more natural-looking appearance.

  • Scent: Of course your personal scent blend is a superstar - With over 130 fragrances to blend with the possibilities are endless!

 

How to use a body scrub?

If you are using the scrub as an all over body exfoliant, the best method is in the shower.  After you are all done washing your body, you are ready for scrubbing.  Open the jar and take a small handful out - think a tablespoon or 2. More then this will result in more being on the floor of the tub than on your body.  Rub this on your parts in the circular motion. You may need a few trips back to the jar to take care of your whole body. Try to stay out of the stream of the shower while you are scrubbing.  This will help the oil to penetrate your skin.  After you have scrubbed your parts, do a quick rinse off with water.  This step is simply to remove any grains that are remaining on your skin - but not the oils.  Pat yourself dry.  You should notice oil remaining on your skin.  Your skin is glowing and you smell great!

Important note: Check out the tub, there may be excess oil on the bottom of the tub.  Be sure to clean this out before you or the next person gets into the shower to prevent slipping and falling.  

Frequently Asked Question’s (FAQ’s):

Why Should I Use a Scrub to Scrub or Not to Scrub?
The simple answer is that scrub will help your body, particularly your skin in the process of regeneration. As we age the body’s ability to exfoliate and shed dry skin cells slow down resulting in the accumulation of dead skin on the surface. Combined with grime, dirt and excessive oils, this will clog the skin pores that make it hard for the skin to receive the good stuff. Doctors recommend the use of a scrub to reveal healthy skin cells for a youthful glow.

Is it Possible to scrub Too Often?
While it is true that using a scrub to exfoliate has numerous skin benefits, overindulgence in these habits could also harm the skin. Dermatologist cautioned the public on scrubbing too often. Scrubbing often can strip the skin of natural oils that are important to maintain elasticity. Too much scrubbing may leave skin dry and these dry skins may accumulate and clog pores, which defeats the reason for scrubbing in the first place. Scrubs that are more rough and abrasive use could also damage healthy young skin once the dead layer of the skin is off the body surface if used too often.

Is it necessary to use different scrub during summer and winter time?
While there is information that tells a difference between scrubs you should use during summer or during wintertime, experts agreed that the important thing to note is how often you exfoliate and scrub. Yes, it is very important to consider the weather when you are exfoliating using a scrub. During the winter, the skin becomes too dry and would often accumulate excess dry surface skin. Generally, people often apply heavy creams or moisturizers to compensate for the dryness. Unfortunately, this will leave the dry and dead skin to build upon the surface. It will be very important to be extra careful to avoid excessive scrubbing during winter, as your skin may be further damage because of it. The recommended practice is to do mild exfoliation using less course or rough ingredients to reveal healthy skin, and then moisturize the new skin for best results.

Is scrubbing safe if you have skin problems?
It is best to consult a dermatologist when you have skin problems. The doctor can advise you on the type of scrub which is best suited for your skin.

 

Speaking personally, our sugar scrub is my favorite product! For me it is more than the healthy skin treat - it is all about pampering.  It is the 2 minutes I take for myself that feels & smells great.  I think of it as a mini-vacation in the shower.  My personal scent blend varies but I almost always add Whisper.  I just love it!

-cheers,

jen

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