Sure, you know how to use a face scrub to exfoliate your complexion, but do you know how to use a body scrub? A necessary step in any body care routine, exfoliating is the secret to getting smooth, ultra-soft skin all-over. While you may be familiar with other body exfoliation techniques like dry brushing and loofahs, we’re here to give you the lowdown on one of the most popular body exfoliation methods: using a body scrub! Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to use a body scrub for head to toe exfoliation.
HOW TO USE A BODY SCRUB
Body scrubs are similar to face scrubs in the fact that they’re a liquid formula containing tiny granules to exfoliate and remove the buildup of dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities from your skin. Using one is quite simple—first, ensure your body is clean and wet. Then take a small amount of your scrub and work it onto one area of your body, massaging it in circular motions with your fingers. Concentrate on one area at a time—such as your calves or forearms—to guarantee you exfoliate every inch. Grab more body scrub as needed. When you’ve finished exfoliating your body, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Easy, right?
HOW TO ADD A BODY SCRUB INTO YOUR BODY CARE ROUTINE
Ready to put your body scrub know-how to use? Here’s how to use one as part of a full body care routine.
STEP #1: CLEANSE
As with any skin care routine for your face, you’ll want to start by cleansing the skin on your body with shower gel or body wash. Hop into the shower and wet your body with lukewarm water. Then smooth your choice of body wash or shower gel over your skin, working the formula into a lather. After you’ve cleansed your body, be sure to rinse thoroughly.
STEP #2: EXFOLIATE
You know what to do! Follow our instructions above to exfoliate every inch of your body with a body scrub.
STEP #3: SHAVE
Now that’s you’ve exfoliated, it’s the perfect time to whip out your razor and shave your legs and any other areas of your body with unwanted hair. Be sure to apply shaving cream prior to doing so!
Editor’s note: Need some shaving tips? Check out our articles, How to Shave Your Legs Like a Pro and 8 Shaving Mistakes You Could Be Making—and What to Do Instead.
STEP #4: MOISTURIZE
Next, you’ll want to step out of the shower and moisturize your body. Sound familiar? Like we mentioned, using a body scrub is pretty similar to using a face scrub—which you would always follow with applying face moisturizer. Lather on a body lotion to give your clean, smooth skin the hydration it deserves.
STEP #5: TAN
While this step is totally optional, we consider it one worth mentioning. After all, at this point, you’ve done all the necessary prep work to guarantee a flawless, streak-free faux tan! If you want to give self-tanner a try and say hello to a bronzed body, consider using one of the following.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse: This self-tanning mousse has an invisible feel with its lightweight, hydrating formula. The long-lasting formula develops gradually to give your skin a natural tan look with a sun-kissed glow and even finish.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium: Another gradual self-tanning option, this self-tanning lotion is formulated with vitamin E for a self-tanner that hydrates, softens, and nourishes. The result? An even, bronzed glow worthy of the tropics.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body: Searching for a convenient, on-the-go self-tanning option. Look no further than these self-tanning towelettes. Each towelette contains enough self-tanner for a full-body application, perfect for at home or on-the-go tanning. The quick-drying formula is with vitamin E and gentle AHAs for a beautiful, natural-looking tan and ultra-smooth skin.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE A BODY SCRUB?
Do you need to do all of the above every time you shower? Not quite. Exfoliation isn’t a task that needs to be done every day. In fact, exfoliating too often can irritate and dry out your skin. You’ll want to find the frequency that works for you and your skin. Start small and build up based on what your skin needs. Typically, using a body scrub once or twice a week is plenty.