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After a day’s work or just being outdoors, dust, dirt, and grime get trapped on our skin. Although body shower liquids can cleanse the outer most layer of the skin, a good body scrub is essential to exfoliate the skin. Click here to learn about body scrubs and their uses.

*Prices updated on 17 Oct 2017

A simple guide to body scrubs

Good hygiene is a vital part of our daily life. The ability to have running water and daily warm showers are much more than just a blessing. But sometimes, we need to go further and give your body the pampering it needs. This is where the body scrub comes in.

What is a body scrub?

The body scrub – also known as body polish is a spa treatment that exfoliates the skin on your body. A body scrub helps to remove stubborn dirt and dust in the pores of the skin, leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturized and soft. As an abrasive product, the body scrub is ideally rubbed vigorously and massaged across and into the skin and is then rinsed away to reveal a moisturized layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin.

How can a body scrub benefit your skin?

Body scrubs not only stimulate the lymphatic system, increase circulation, and remove dead skin cells but also provide a natural and more hygienic alternative as compared to loofas and brushes. Loofas and brushes may trap bacteria and can be difficult to be sterilized at home.

As a basic, a salt scrub is a type of body scrub that is excellent for exfoliation. Particularly if you have a skin issue that may need healing. As the properties in salt provide detoxifying agents and are a natural and healthy way to heal injury on the skin, an organic salt scrub is recommended once a week for those with skin issues. On the other hand, coarse salt and sugar scrubs are not ideal for sensitive skin types. Instead, look for a salt or sugar scrub exfoliator that is made of very fine premium sugar particles.

Body scrubs are beneficial to our skin on a whole and are recommended for use once or twice a week. Avoid using it daily as you might over exfoliate the skin’s outermost layers. Here are steps to use a body scrub:

  1. Start by showering, wet your whole body with water.
  2. With wet skin, turn the temperature from warm-to-hot water to soften the skin.
  3. Allow the shower to run for 5-10 minutes and let the warm water soften the skin and prepare for exfoliation.
  4. Turn off the running water, and apply the body scrub in circular motions to exfoliate. Focus on the heels, elbows, and knees – areas that tend to collect more dirt and dust.
  5. Wash off with warm water and then use shower gel as usual.

Choose your body scrub based on these brands

There are hundreds of choices of body scrubs these days. Some are even homemade. But as a start, you should choose a brand that is known for good body scrubs. Here are some of the top body scrubs that are loved by many in Hong Kong. Pharmaceutical brands like Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, Thymes and Caswell Massey are among the most liked brand for their body scrub products. Now that you know how to use a body scrub, go ahead and choose one for yourself.

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