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.

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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.


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.

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