In the world of skincare, exfoliating is arguably one of the most important steps of our beauty routines. Saying that you don’t exfoliate your face at least once a week might earn you looks of horror, but make the same confession about the skin on your body, and the story changes.
Just how often do we have to exfoliate our body? …Do we have to exfoliate our body?
There are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding body scrubs, which may be stopping us from taking this important step to bring back a glow and radiance to the skin. Read to on to see why exfoliating the body is of utmost importance, and say hello to glowier skin!
1. Exfoliating is drying as it strips the body of its natural oils.
There is a misconception that exfoliating will cause the skin to become robbed of its natural oils, making it drier and more sensitive than it was before. But, continuing to incorporate exfoliation into your shower routine with the proper scrub can help to visibly brighten the skin by removing a layer of dull, lackluster dead skin cells and other environmental impurities. Not only does this make the skin appear brighter, it also allows the outer layer of skin to breathe.
This physical act of scrubbing away impurities, paired with a nourishing scrub like the Jungle Botanics Natural Body Glow Nutshell Scrub, can replenish the skin and bring it back to health. Great because it moisturizes the skin with shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil and more, the nutshell scrub is a great option for those that experience that unwanted dryness in their skin after cleansing. The greatest thing about it? All natural.
2. Scrubs can contain particles that are bad for the environment, and can damage the skin.
This brings us to our next point. Always be on the lookout at what the source of exfoliation is. While those plastic beads that were common in the early 2000s are mostly a concern of the past, we now have to pay attention to how the granules were prepared as well. Just because it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s all good.
100% biodegradable, round-cut walnut shells fortify the scrub for a gentle experience. Unlike other scrubs, that can contain jagged particles that cause micro-tears in the skin, the innovative technology behind the walnut shells bring the granules to a fine, spherical, porous form that attracts dead skin cells to the surface, rather than pulling them away forcefully.
This is good for the earth and for the body.
3. Most of them are irritating, so they can’t be used daily or on sensitive areas.
Depending on what scrub you have, this is definitely the case. But, this problem can also be solved with the amount of pressure you apply, and how much product you use. Just like makeup, skincare products can be used in a multitude of ways if we know the correct ways to use them.
Products like the Jungle Botanics scrub contain fine particles that cause little to no irritation on the skin, making it ideal for sensitive areas like the chest, elbows and knees. It’s soothing blend of oils (read: Body Care Tips for Glowing Skin) also allows it to perform effectively as a gentle, moisturizing lip scrub, or a heavy duty foot scrub, by softening the skin and replenishing it with the nourishment it needs.
4. Exfoliating isn’t necessary to maintain healthy skin.
If you visit a Korean bathhouse, you’ll be introduced to a handy little tool known as an exfoliation mitt. This sandpaper-y piece of cloth is used to forcibly remove the layer of dead skin that accumulates on our bodies. While this sounds painful (yes, it is), it leaves the skin feeling baby smooth and glowing from the core…which might possibly be another secret to the coveted “K-star skin”.
And, while we don’t have to go all out, starting small by exfoliating 2-3 times a week with a gentle scrub is enough to keep the skin happy and healthy.