The use of facial scrubs can make the skin feel beautiful, young, soft, and shiny. Unlike regular soaps or facial cleansers, facial scrubs use small particles or granules or chemicals to get rid of old skin cells and make room for new ones in a process known as exfoliation. Using a facial scrub is very simple, and if you use it well, it won't damage your skin. With all the benefits of a facial scrub, we recommend that you make this product a part of your weekly facial routine.
Part 1 of 3: Preparing to Use a Facial Scrub
Step 1. Think about whether you should use a facial scrub or not
Not everyone has to exfoliate with a facial scrub. For example, people with rosacea, warts, inflamed acne, or herpes may experience more severe problems after undergoing the exfoliating process with a scrub. If you have a history of skin problems, you should first consult with a dermatologist to find out what kind of skin treatment is best for you.
Step 2. Know your skin type
Different skin types will react differently to facial scrubs and other products. In addition, some facial scrubs are specially designed for your skin type. Maybe you already know that your skin normal, dry, greasy, or combination. If not, it's best to find out your skin type first with a tissue test.
- Wash your face to make sure that no product or cosmetic remains on your face.
- Let the face dry naturally and wait at least an hour.
- Place the tissue on your forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead.
- If the tissue sticks, there is an indication that your skin is oily. If the tissue doesn't stick, it's an indication that your skin is dry. If the T area of your face (forehead, nose, and chin) is oily but the rest of the area is dry, it's an indication that you have combination skin.
- Your skin may be more or less sensitive to skin care products. Usually people with sensitive skin have dry or combination skin, but this is not always the case. If your skin has ever reacted badly to cosmetics or facial skin care products, you may have sensitive skin. Signs of sensitive skin include redness, uncharacteristic acne, bumps, peeling, itching, or pain.
Step 3. Choose a facial scrub that best suits your skin type
Most commercial facial scrubs claim to be suitable for dry, oily, combination, normal, or sensitive skin. Some facial scrubs are also suitable for all skin types. However, there are some basic guidelines for finding a facial scrub that suits your skin type:
- Facial scrubs made from apricot seeds, walnut shells, almonds, or aluminum oxide tend to be more suitable for oily and insensitive skin.
- Facial scrubs made of plastic beads, alpha hydroxy, or beta hydroxy tend to be suitable for dry or sensitive skin.
Step 4. Find a good place to store your new facial scrub products
Some of these products can be stored in the bathroom making it easier for you to use them. However, some products are more effective if stored in a cool, dry place such as a cabinet or cupboard. Follow the instructions on the package label if you are using an over-the-counter scrub. If you're making your own scrub, follow the storage guidelines listed in the recipe.
Step 5. Read and follow all the instructions for using a facial scrub
Pay attention to warnings, expiration dates, potential allergens, or unwanted interactions with other facial products listed on the packaging. Some facial scrubs are only designed to exfoliate without cleansing the skin. This means, you must wash your face before using the scrub to be effective.
Part 2 of 3: Washing Your Face with a Facial Scrub
Step 1. Use warm water to wet the skin
If you have long hair, it's a good idea to tie it back in a ponytail or bun so it doesn't block your face. Make sure you moisturize your entire face. It's best to use warm water, but don't use water that's too hot, as it can dry out your skin.
Step 2. Gently massage your face with a facial scrub for one minute
Take a small amount of the product and massage it all over the face and neck. Don't rub too vigorously to prevent the skin from turning red or peeling. Also, be careful not to get the scrub into your eyes.
Scrubbing for more than 60-90 seconds can cause skin irritation or sensitization. Be sure not to over-rub or leave the scrub on your face for too long
Step 3. Rinse the scrub off the face
Make sure you rinse it thoroughly. When you rinse it thoroughly, your skin will become very soft and smooth.
Step 4. Dry the skin
Gently dry the skin with a soft towel and continue your skincare routine.
Step 5. Moisturize your face
Even if you have oily or combination skin, moisturizing your face is an important part of facial skin care, especially after exfoliating with a facial scrub. Moisturizing the face helps prevent excess oil production and keeps the skin healthy and balanced.
Step 6. Use the scrub only once or twice a week
Indeed, the soft and shiny appearance is tempting to be obtained every morning. However, using facial scrubs too often can exfoliate fragile skin cells, making your face look red and sore. Try using this product only once a week at first and after that you can increase the frequency of use to twice a week if you feel your skin can handle it. Modest use is the key to an effective facial scrub.
Part 3 of 3: Observing the Results of Facial Scrub
Step 1. Watch your skin for the next few weeks
If this scrub is effective, you should start to see signs of softer, smoother and easier skin fairly quickly. If so, congratulations! You have found the best product for exfoliating your skin.
Step 2. Notice if the skin is red, itchy, or a rash develops
This is an indication of allergies or sensitive skin. If you experience these symptoms, you should stop using this scrub immediately and choose an alternative product. You can also ask your dermatologist to do a patch test to find out what you are allergic or sensitive to.
Step 3. Try a different scrub if you are not satisfied with the results of the first try
You may have to do some experimenting before finding the ideal product for your skin type. Remember to be patient and careful. In the end you will find the right product!
- The best facial scrubs are not always the most expensive. Pay attention to the ingredients, not the price, and choose one that suits your skin type.
- If you don't want to spend money on a facial scrub but want to take care of your skin, why don't you make your own with ingredients you already have at home? There are many recipes online or on wikiHow.
- If you have sensitive skin, you can test the facial scrub on a small area of skin before trying it all over your face.
- Do not rub the scrub around the eyes.
- Don't rub the scrub on your face more than once or twice a week.
- Do not rub it too vigorously or for too long so that the skin becomes damaged or red.
- Discontinue use and consult a dermatologist if you experience signs of allergy or extreme sensitivity.
- Pay attention to the warnings and directions for use on the packaging: some facial scrubs have a bad effect when combined with other products.