There are a few different types of body scrubs out there, varying in the ways they can help your skin. Some release toxins, others moisturize and still others will slough off dead skin as well as tightening the remaining layers. Overall there are two sub-categories of body scrubs: exfoliating and moisturizing. These are sometimes mingled as it all has to do with the mixture of ingredients and how they affect your skin. There are also other sub-categories that have to deal with what their main ingredient is: salt, sugar, coffee, herbal and oatmeal.
Salt is good for exfoliating the skin as it is more abrasive as a body scrub. Salt draws out toxins and promotes healing, so if you eat a lot of heavily processed foods, a salt based scrub may be best for you. Here are some salt scrub recipes that may interest you:
Sugar scrubs are great for sensitive or dry skin. They are much more gentle than the abrasive salt based scrubs, so if you’re a red head: stick to the sugar scrubs. Here are some sugar scrub recipes just for you:
Coffee scrubs are good for tightening the skin and getting rid of cellulite. They are very fragrant, but mix very well with chocolates and vanillas to soften the scent and take away the bitter edge. Caffeine is very energizing and helps to achieve a glow to the skin, so if your skin is looking a little dull, reach for the coffee scrubs.
Herbal scrubs focus mostly on lavender and chamomile, but there are plenty of other herbs out there that can make any combination of scents and effective skin care ingredients. Mostly these are made of oils and herbs, nothing much else. Because of the various mixtures this kind of scrub can be good for almost any type of skin.
The last type is oatmeal. Oatmeal is great for dry or oily skin, as it draws out the toxins and helps to balance the skins natural oils. The only downside to oatmeal is that it makes the scrub a lot more chunky, however throw it in a blender and you no longer have to suffer with that consistency.
Just remember that you shouldn’t use body scrubs more than 3 times a week. When using them, use a circular motion to apply the scrub and not a side to side motion, as it is less abrasive to your skin to do so. If your skin is reddened, feels bruised or is much more dry than normal, you should cease using the scrub until the symptoms dissipate. Good luck and enjoy!