A CLEAN SLATE
Exfoliating is an integral step in any effective skincare routine. But what constitutes a good scrub? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of it all – from the best nourishing ingredients to the methods that work best for our delicate skin.
What constitutes a good scrub? We get down to the nitty-gritty of it all.
Simply cleaning up with soap and water isn’t enough to unclog our pores, eradicate free radicals and remove buildup of excess sebum. That’s where facial and body scrubs come into play. Not the harsh exfoliating beads of yore, but a new generation of soft scrubs altogether – enriched by nourishing essential oils and natural plant extracts.
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When it comes to exfoliating the face, it’s important to only choose gentle surface exfoliants. Instead of harsh chemical peels and grainy scrubs, we recommend powder-based ones. All you have to do is apply it onto damp skin, or mix it with warm water to form a paste. We especially love the rice one by local skincare brand, Tanamera. It’s incredibly soft and is suitable for all skin types. Enriched with grapefruit seed extract, jojoba pellets and hibiscus flower extract, this rice powder scrub contains a potent concentration of amino acids and antioxidants to help stimulate cell regeneration, soothe skin irritations and improve the skin’s natural collagen production.
Tip: Massage the scrub onto damp skin using gentle circular motions, concentrating on the T-zone and avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse it off with warm water and pat the skin dry. After exfoliating, your skin will be able to absorb your skincare products more effectively.
The skin on our bodies need lots of love and care too. Exfoliating the skin at least twice a week will keep the skin looking youthful and radiant as it promotes blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as eliminates bloating caused by water retention. The Himalayan Rock Salt Scrub by Tanamera is soaked with a rich blend of carrier oils (grapeseed, jojoba, wheat germ, virgin coconut, sunflower) and essential oils (lemon, lemongrass, lavender, ginger) to detoxify the skin, stimulate microcirculation and rebalance the skin’s pH levels. To soothe tired and aching muscles, simply add a dollop of this concoction into warm bath water and soak in it for at least half an hour.
If you’re looking for a scrub to brighten dull and sallow-looking skin, look no further than our national flower – the hibiscus. It contains a natural source of Alpha-Hydroxy acids (AHAs) to slough away dead skin cells and antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental aggressors. To reduce bloating and water retention caused by hormone imbalance, we highly recommend a green coffee scrub. It contains detoxifying and de-puffing properties to reduce the appearance of cellulite, ease bloating and improve overall skin elasticity.
Tip: To prepare your skin for exfoliation, soften it under warm running water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Massage the scrub in circular and sweeping motions and rinse it off with water. Leave your skin a little damp as this will help to improve the absorption of your moisturisers that you apply afterward.