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8 reasons natural body scrubs are great for your skin

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Skin problems! Want to know what delivers anti ageing, tackles dry and uneven skin, helps prevent acne, reduces the appearance of scars, reduces ingrowing hairs ... read on!

If you’re not already a big fan of natural body scrubs, this blog might just change your mind! Most of us use an exfoliator for our face, and we know why. So why do we ignore the skin everywhere else on our body? It deserves more!

Skin is not only our biggest organ, it’s a hard worker! A perfect outer layer protecting us from pretty much everything. With a little TLC, it can do its job better. And feel soft, smooth and literally glow with health. And this is where natural and botanical body scrubs become your skins best friend. Let's talk about skin!

What on earth is ‘Desquamation’

Yep, that's what we said! 

'Desquamation’ is the natural and necessary process of shedding skin, and it happens in a constant, regenerative cycle. How well our bodies do it depends on a number of things, like age, skin type, the products we use, and the environment our skin is exposed to.

The natural process isn’t 100% perfect, so there can be a regular buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. We know when our face needs a scrub because it starts looking a bit dull. Same with the body - arms, legs, back, shoulders. We just don’t notice it as much. Enter the body scrub!

Body scrubs remove dead skin cells.

By removing the dead, dry cells, your skin is smoother and softer, and more even. But that's not all. There’s so many benefits with regular use of a good quality body scrub with natural ingredients. It’s not just to improve the feel and look of your skin - although that is definitely a happy outcome!

Body scrubbing with natural scrubs actually encourages the natural regeneration of new skin cells. It also invigorates your circulation - the blood and oxygen running through your cells.

It is literally helping to improve skin health. Which means your skin is less prone to all the common problems we experience at some time or other.

We’ve listed 8 of the big benefits of natural body scrubs below. And we have some of the best (and most divine smelling) natural body scrubs listed from our sellers. But first, if you’re a newbie to body scrub, here’s how to use them.

Woman leg as she uses natural body scrub on skin

How to use natural body scrubs

Good news - it’s straightforward! And best done in the shower, so your skin is clean and the shower can remove the natural grains or granules in the scrub.

  • Apply the scrub with your fingertips to wet skin, concentrating on each area - legs, arms, back, feet etc
  • With your palms, gently spread the scrub in circular motions and move inward - or towards your heart.
  • When you’ve scrubbed each area, rinse the scrub off again using your hands to gently help remove the grains (Pro tip: if you shave, now is a good time to do it! See below for more)
  • Pat skin dry, leaving it slightly damp.
  • Apply moisturiser. Putting on moisturiser while your skin is still damp will trap in the moisture.

How often should you use a body scrub?

Less is more when it comes to good natural body scrubbing! Don’t overdo it. Depending on your skin type, you don’t want to dry it out, or create irritation. Let the skin regenerate and build up its natural barrier with new cells. You should aim to scrub to remove dead skin cells about twice a week.

If you have sensitive skin, scrub once a week.

8 great skin benefits of natural body scrubs

1 They are Anti-ageing

As we said earlier, our skin sheds and renews itself naturally (desquamation). But as we age, this process slows down. As new skin cells are important for a fresh appearance, using a good natural body scrub helps your cell turnover regenerate. 

Once or twice a week will scrub away dead cells and invigorate the skin to produce new healthy cells. This is all it takes. Don’t over do the scrub is the mantra. Your skin doesn’t need stripping back! Just a little nourishing help.

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Glimpse of Beauty Mangosteen Oil, Mangosteen Body Butter & Body Scrub Skin Immunity Combo

2 Natural body scrubs prep skin to absorb maximum moisture

Scrubbed skin means the barrier created by dead cells, dirt and debris is removed. Fresh skin cells are exposed, unclogged and more ready to efficiently absorb lovely natural moisturisers - like aloe vera, coconut oils, natural hyaluronic acids, natural vitamins, jojoba oils … (ooh, the list could go on and on)

Enough to say that after you body scrub, you skin is ready to drink in moisture and keep it locked in. Also good for anti ageing!

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Glimpse of Beauty Guava & Ginger Body Scrub And Body Butter Set

3 Natural scrubs brighten your skin 

The build up of dead skin cells, clogged pores, dirt that has penetrated the skin surface over a few days means dull, lack lustre skin. And frequently uneven skin tone and texture.

Regular exfoliation with a really good natural, botanical body scrub will help your skin spring back, by becoming more oxygenated and invigorated.

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Kathy Sue Ann’s Scrub & Glow Mini’s - mini scrubs and butters

4 Great for cracked super dry skin (elbows, knees and heels!)

Scratchy knees and elbows? You’re not alone there! They are the forever neglected parts of our skin that take the most abuse! True, people rarely tell you you have beautiful elbows! But come on, knees, elbows, heels all deserve some scrub love too.

A good natural scrub will work wonders for over dry, rough areas of your body - removing layers of dead cells, and working down to fresh, softer skin. 

Use gentle circular motions to scrub your elbows and knees, and heels and soles of your feet. It will help avoid cracked skin, and possible infections and sores. Elbow love!

 

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Glimpse of Beauty Cupuacu & Cacao Body Polish & Scrub

5 Good natural scrubs can help prevent acne

How? By helping keep pores unclogged- but gently. Acne can appear not just on the face, but your chest, back and arms. Natural body scrubs have gentler, natural ingredients that work with the skin to gently remove clogging dead skin, dirt, oils and debris that can trigger acne outbreaks.

Acne can be a serious problem - scrubs won’t cure serious acne on your body, but they can help the skin stay supple and clean.

 

A good quality natural scrub can help - but you definitely don’t want to be too harsh with a scrub if you’re dealing with a bad breakout. (That’s probably the time for a more mild cleanser or the chemical solutions that are likely to be recommended by a dermatologist).

But if you are acting holistically and preventatively, a high quality botanical scrub is a great way to get your skin clean, keep everything circulating well, and keep breakouts from triggering.

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Glimpse of Beauty Detox & Tone Creamy Body Polish & Scrub

 6 Natural body scrubs can reduce the appearance of cellulite

Cellulite is a complicated issue, one that affects women more than men because of the different structures of our fat cells just under the skin. Around 80% of us will have it at some point in time. There isn't a 'cure' as such (it's not a disease or condition) - but medical research has pointed to more holistic approaches to reducing its appearance. Healthy diet, exercising, not smoking an so on.

Mainly, factors that affect our circulatory system, and general health.

Body scrubs can play a part in this healthy approach to how we treat out bodies and, in particular, the skin layer and close underlying fat cells attached to the skin.

Because scrubs remove dead cells, and invigorate circulation (the movement of blood and oxygen) to our dermal layer (skin) and fat cells below, the skin is well oxygenised and literally 'breathing'. Scrubs help this process along.

Look for scrubs that include caffeine or ground coffee beans, as caffeine gives the system a good boost.

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Glimpse of Beauty Cellulite Massage Oil And Body Scrub Combo, Green Coffee Bean Oil.

7 They help prevent ingrowing hairs, lumps and bumps

Ah, now.. this one.

If you shave, pluck, wax, whack or zap - chances are you’ve had the tell tale lumps and bumps of the dreaded ingrowing hair.

Because a good natural scrub removes the tough outer layer of dead skin cell build up, those sneaky little hairs have more chance of breaking through the skin follicles, and not do a U-turn when they hit the tough bit!

A smoother, softer skin surface without a hefty layer of old cells will help prevent in growing hairs.

Win win.

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Kathy Sue Anne’s Scrub & Glow Big

8 Body scrubs with natural ingredients literally feeds the skin with good stuff

This final big skin benefit of body scrubs is why we say ‘natural’, ‘botanical’ and ‘good quality’ a lot!

Botanicals or natural ingredients are plant-based ingredients that nourish the skin. Rather than chemicals that may get quick results, but don’t give the skin anything. 

Depending on the ingredient (and you should always check the label), it may add more moisture or help with the skin’s protective agents. 

Natural ingredients are plant based ingredients and have things called ‘Phytochemicals’ - compounds that are produced by plants ("phyto" means "plant").

They are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plants. Some of these phytochemicals are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer.

Phytochemicals affect all cells at a genetic level, and can impact inflammation, inhibit bad free radicals, and promote cell growth and health. So, it is these natural chemicals and ingredients that help regeneration, rejuvenation and skin health. And we know that healthy skin is glowing, clear beautiful skin. With the right combination of botanicals, the end result can be better hydration, improved skin elasticity, and protection against environmental elements (like toxins and UV rays).

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KATHY SUE-ANN’S  Super Nourishing Organic Body Scrub

And this is why we always recommend natural, and organic if you can, ingredients for anything you put on your skin!

Natural body scrubs, like the ones we have included in this blog from our sellers, are all natural and packed with skin friendly ingredients. 

Body scrubs have so many benefits for your skin. Natural body scrubs, with great ingredients are next level great! You’re not only taking away the old stuff, you’re adding in some powerful, natural goodness. If you weren’t a fan, we hope we have convinced you to try out one of out natural body scrubs.

As always, love yourself. Love your planet.

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