How many methods we’ve been taught from the very early age to make our own DIY scrub? Sugar and cleansing milk; oil and coffee; wet sand or baking soda. We didn’t even feel like people anymore but like dishes. But at the end of the day, they weren’t so bad as home-made treatments: you know, grandma always knows one more than the devil.
But let’s take it step by step… Is scrub really useful or is it one of the many urban legends?
The scrub that helps micro-circulation
If you have never heard of micro-circulation, this is your chance. The term micro-circulation refers to the most important functional part of blood circulation: the branching of small blood vessels. Here, the micro-circulation plays a fundamental role: it transports blood, hormones, oxygen, nutrients, and supports the immune system.
Well then, the scrub is a purifier: it removes toxins, dead skin, and thanks to a massage it reactivates the micro-circulation. By eliminating all this waste, the epidermis of the body and face is more radiant and even. The complexion is a consequence of blood flow, so a functioning circulation promotes even blood flow.
How often should both face and body scrub be done?
Let’s say it should be done at least a couple of times a month. The scrub helps the skin to breathe again, in winter when we are covered with clothes and in summer to remove dead skin cells dried out by the sun. And on the face? Have you ever wondered how much waste during the day, between pollution and exhausted air, accumulates on your face? A scrub, even a do-it-yourself one, serves precisely to eliminate them and remove the greyness caused by these external agents.
A few tips for do-it-yourself scrubs
Don’t do it in the shower, the skin must be damp, yes, or oily – if you decide to use cleansing milk or some nourishing oil – but not wet; the movement is from the bottom upwards in circular movements. The areas of the body to focus on most are the knees, elbows and heels. The more vigorous the massage is, the deeper the exfoliation goes. It is clear that for each skin type there is a more suitable type of scrub.
For normal and combination skin
Almond or sesame seed oil is the right one to mix with coffee grounds for the normal and combination skin range. The coffee will be the exfoliant and the oil will be the soothing ingredient to eliminate redness.
For more sensitive skin
Think of a less invasive component such as almond flour or rice starch mixed with olive oil; the result will be exfoliated skin without irritation. If your case is one of ultra-sensitive skin, then you can add a few drops of water to If you have ultra-sensitive skin, then you can add a few drops of water to soften the mixture even more.
The do-it-yourself lip scrub
If, on the other hand, you want to concentrate on your lips, the localised scrub can help to eliminate chapped skin, defining the contour and increasing vascularisation, the result you will obtain will be a beautiful plump effect. For the ingredients to be used, refer to the paragraphs above that distinguish between different skin sensitivities.
A little trick
Instead of using some kind of grit, a particularly effective tool is the eyebrow brush, which, rubbed very gently on the lips, smoothes them and makes them plump to perfection, giving a healthy, even complexion.
Do-it-yourself body scrub
Body skin tends to be thicker and less delicate than face skin. The ingredients to be used will therefore have larger granules such as coarse salt mixed with olive oil or lemon juice.
In general, essential oils are great to combine with granules. If, on the other hand, you are looking for the feeling and result of deep exfoliation, Endospheres is what you are looking for. The handpiece with 55 spheres removes the first layer of dead cells, the stratum corneum, from the very first pass. For both face and body, the skin will be smooth and radiant at the end of the treatment.