Scrubs come up with a long time ago. Historians have recorded the fact that several thousand years ago, the inhabitants of ancient Egypt and Rome used the compounds that we now call the word "scrub". Asian beauties, chasing smooth and glowing skin like china statuettes, also produced similar mixtures. In Ancient Rus people used brooms, bast and oat bran as part of steam bathing. So this invention is not new. But whether ancient beauty recipes work in the twenty-first century or not?
We believe that today usage of a scrub is even more relevant. After all, originally the nature created the human body as a self-regulation system with a large margin of safety. But over the past century, the load on our body and mind increased several dozen times. One hundred years of industrial and technological revolution, as a result - an unfavorable environment, air pollution, life in the mode of constant bustle and stress, unbalanced diet...
And our skin, this unique organ of the human body, no longer has time for recovering and regenerating. This is especially significant for residents of megalopolises. Toward the evening, face and exposed areas of the body as if covered with a heavy oily film and normal washing does not always help. So what is the scrub?
Let’s discover the secret of its efficiency together. Any scrub consists of the softening basics - water, cream or gel - with the addition of abrasive particles of synthetic or natural origin. It runs like a brush on the surface of the skin and gently cleans all unnecessary. In the course of the mechanical effects of particulate matter in the upper layers of the epidermis occurs exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells, fouling and sebum, and our face and body are finally starting to "breathe." Germinal layer gets stimulated, and the cell fission – therefore regenerating – begins.
... However, despite its apparent simplicity, the choice of scrub and the procedure itself should be approached with great responsibility. What types of scrubs are represented? What are the factors to consider when choosing beauty aids? How not to hurt the skin? How not to get lost in the infinite variety on the market of cosmetic products? We will help you in this matter. So, let's proceed to the fascinating process of selecting scrub to your own cheek.
Types of scrubs can be divided into the following categories:
- in the application area: face or body;
- by type of foundations: water, cream or gel;
- according to your skin type: for normal, dry, combination or oily skin.
- source of abrasive particles: artificial or natural.
Let us consider each of these in more detail.
1) Field of use
What’s the difference between facial and body scrubs? First and foremost, the diameter of the abrasive particles. As far as facial skin is very delicate, used pellets must be thinner and softer. In turn, the particles in body scrub can be larger and not carefully handled (especially for foot scrubs).
2) Different basis: water, cream and gel scrubs.
Creamy scrub - a water-ill-oil emulsion with the addition of scrubbing particles. Gel scrub - water and gelling agents (gelatine, pectin, agar-agar) suspended solid supplemented with the same particle. Such scrubs have no use to add water, it’s already one of the main - up to 80 percent – ingredients. Water-based scrubs - a dry mixture of abrasive particles, mostly of vegetable origin, which should be diluted with water immediately before use. Thus, the main feature - the presence or absence of water in the composition of the scrub.
We offer our customers dry powdery textured scrubs. The advantages of this formula is that, first, you do not overpay for the water in the literal and figurative sense of the word. To 50 grams of dry mix you can add the same amount of water and finally get 100 grams of natural ready-to-use scrub. Or pay the manufacturer for the 100 grams of end product, and 80 grams of water – in a cream or gel – will get down in the sink ...
Secondly, any water in the composition of the product is a growth-supporting microenvironment for bacteria and microgerm. To avoid this, manufacturers have to add synthetic ingredients and preservatives, bacteria can not live with chemicals inside. A vicious circle, isn’t it. But eventually we’ve found a solution: no liquid components – no bacteria – no preservatives. In addition, the basic meaning of peeling - exfoliate and remove the dead cells layer. Then epidermis can fully absorb moisturizer you apply after the procedure. A cream, component of scrubs, simply has no time to penetrate into the skin during the procedure, and in a few minutes, all these "utilities" will be washed down the drain...
3) Peeling by skin types.
For different skin types - dry, normal, combination or oily skin – we need different components in scrubs. For oily and combination skin drying effect is needed, these compounds should contain, for example, cosmetic clay, sandalwood powder or milled grain oats. For dry and sensitive skin, on the contrary, there should be active moisturizing and delicate effects. Active ingredient for such scrubs is oat and rice flour, ground vanilla seeds, coconut pulp and many other natural moisturizers.
Please read attentively information about composition of the product on the label, as this important specification is not always indicated on the package.
The origin of the abrasive particles.
Scrub particles may be natural or artificial. Why using artificial abrasives is so popular? Let's face up to reality. "Artificial polymer" is only parade of words, a very ordinary plastic is hidden behind it. Plastics industry is very cheap nowadays. Therefore, replacement of natural ingredients with plastic is a good way to get additional income for manufacturers. In addition, price for such a "plastic beauty" – environmental damage. Small plastic balls get into the sewers, and then - in the rivers and oceans. Very light, they do not sink, but in the course of its route through the pipes and collectors it clogs the drain filters and absorb toxic compounds. Because of the small size this debris is difficult to weed out, so much of it gets into natural water reservoirs. Bright toxic particles, floating in the water, used to be swallowed with the fish. It is dangerous both for their lives and for humans, as far as seafood, in turn, gets our meals. Are you sure you want to eat plastic?
What can we say about the benefits of natural particles in scrubs? Of course, they are completely safe for health and environment. Besides that, natural herbal ingredients when in use give all its strength and nutrients to your skin. And what can plastic give?
It’s believed that natural particles because of its heterogeneous structure can damage sensitive skin. However, it is not. Nutshell, fruit pits and other natural materials is ground to a fine powder state on the special machinery, and no "sharp edges" simply does not remain. Asymmetric and "wrong" shape can be seen only under a microscope at high magnification.
Before you start to use new scrub, check whether you have allergic response: apply the product to the back side of the wrist according to the manufacturer's instructions, wash, and if within an hour there was no itching or redness, it suits you.
The frequency of using scrub depends on the skin type you have. If you have oily and combination skin, iwashing with scrub 1-2 times a week is recommended. If doing so often, the skin starts to dry, and as a defense response sebaceous glands will work even harder. For dry skin scrub can be used no more than once a week.
Always use scrub only after you clean and moisturize the skin. During the procedure, you need to massage the face or body slightly, without excessive efforts, avoiding delicate and sensitive areas - around the lips and eyes, nipples, in the area of the armpits and bikini area. NEVER apply the scrub on the skin with any inflammation, damage or rashes: sores or cuts, burns, including sunburns, acne, pustules, any dermatological diseases. It is also not recommended to scrub face or body after shaving or hair removal.