A fresh apple grated over your skin, or delicious blueberry slathered on with some oatmeal. This season’s passport to looking good comes in yummy flavours that also have skin benefits.
“A body scrub is an exfoliant,” explains Omar Farooque, spa consultant, “Abrasive material like salt, sugar, rice bran, jojoba beads, apricot kernels, coffee grounds, etc. rub away the dead skin cells on the surface, revealing the softer, younger cells just below.”
Says Rutu Tawde, spa manager, “The outermost layer of skin accumulates dead skin cells. Regular exfoliation with a body scrub can reveal a younger, smoother, healthier layer of skin. Scrubs promote increased blood circulation, fight cellulite (especially scrubs with caffeine or coffee), cleanse pores, remove dry itch and flakiness, nourish and moisturise one’s skin.”
Anna Fernandes, assistant spa manager, adds, “A scrub rejuvenates and hence it helps to cleanse the skin and prepare the skin and the body to receive other spa treatments like massages and body wraps.”
How it works:
A body scrub is generally part of a spa treatment, that is also followed by a hydrating body wrap or a soft tissue oil massage to nourish the skin and keep it fresh and supple. Says Farooque, “A scrub done by a professional therapist should take between 30-45 minutes. If you are pressed for time you can have a 30 min scrub and then wash and apply a moisturiser with a light sunscreen to hydrate your new layer of skin and protect it from damage.”
Should one wash after a scrub? “Yes it is important to wash or have a warm towel sponge after scrub to remove the scrubbed dead or old skin layer. A great benefit of a body scrub is that it removes a skin tan. If your skin had become rough and has darkened due to pollution or exposure to dust, you can use a body scrub to remove the rough skin layer leaving you with a soft and supple skin,” he informs.