Scrub school is in session: everything you need to know about exfoliation

During summer, our skin needs extra care, and this is where exfoliating comes in. It removes dead skin cells, stimulates the creation of new ones and makes your skin feel softer than ever. However, which type of scrub is right for you? And once you find this out, what is the correct way to use it?


Simply put, exfoliating helps you feel better. It doesn’t only cleanse your body, but it stimulates blood circulation and gives you renewed energy. But of course, there are many more reasons to exfoliate your body: 


  • Fewer wrinkles. Due to the aging process, your skin loses its ability to renew or remove dead skin cells. When these cells accumulate, wrinkles and bumps can form on your skin. Exfoliating removes these cells and helps to delay the aging process.

  • Even smoother legs. You’re about to shave your legs. But before you do, you should exfoliate them first. That way, there will be no dead skin cells to clog or dull your razor. After all, the sharper the razor, the closer the shave.

  • No more ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are a terrible nuisance—they cause red bumps and can even be a bit painful. When you exfoliate on a regular basis, you keep your pores free from dead skin, making it impossible for ingrown hairs to appear.

  • Makes your skin absorb products better. If you’re using a cream, lotion or other products for your skin, it’s helpful to exfoliate once or twice a week so that your skin absorbs the product better.

  • Get that tan faster (and keep it longer!). Exfoliating helps prolong your tan, clearing your skin to get the most from the sun.

  • Full relaxation. By adding exfoliation to your morning or evening regimen, you give yourself a few quiet, peaceful and relaxing moments throughout the week.


Discover the scrub that suits your skin

Now that you know all about how scrub can benefit you, it’s time to find out which type is best for you. A scrub with salt? Or a sugar-based one? Or maybe something less conventional, like rice or bamboo? Every scrub has its own benefits and different effects on your skin. You can make your choice depending on your skin type and its current condition.


Dry skin? Try salt

In ancient Egypt, it was indispensable when it came to beauty routines: salt. Egyptian women used it in combination with olive oil or almond oil--which are rich in vitamin E—to rejuvenate their skin.


If you suffer from really dry skin, you can’t go wrong with the body scrub from The Ritual of Hammam. The salt has a restorative and disinfecting effect. It can also help smooth the bumps on the back of your arms and legs that appear when your pores are clogged.


Another benefit of salt is that it keeps moisture in balance, keeping your skin hydrated and helping you get rid of dryness. If you prefer a more floral scent, try The Ritual of Ayurveda body scrub, featuring Himalaya sea salt and the fragrance of Indian rose.



Sensitive skin? Go for sugar

If your skin is sensitive, it’s better to choose a sugar-based scrub. This type of scrub is softer, as sugar particles are less coarse than salt particles and thus gentler on the skin. The ancient Romans often washed themselves with a blend of sugar, honey and milk.


By using a sugar scrub, you’re renewing your skin in a natural way and – especially when combined with the oils in The Ritual of Happy Buddha body scrub to make your skin radiant again. Because of the added oils, you’re able to scrub more intensely without irritating your skin.


Special scrubs: rice and bamboo

Some scrubs have less common ingredients, like rice and bamboo. You’ll find rice particles and nourishing rice milk in The Ritual of Sakura shower scrub, to make your skin softer than ever. 


How to do it

As much as you may enjoy a delightful scrub, it’s important to limit it to 1-2 times per week. Otherwise, you might actively irritate your skin instead of nourishing and soothing it. But how do you do it? Simply follow these steps:


  1. Make sure the scrub is applied to damp skin
  2. Use gentle, rotating movements to massage it into your skin
  3. Rinse your skin off with warm water and take a long bath for even softer skin
  4. Lock in moisture with a hydrating cream or lotion


There you have it—everything you always wanted to know about exfoliation. Join the club of scrub and you’ll notice that your skin has never looked healthier or felt softer.