My beauty tip of the week:
Benefits of using a face scrub
In keeping up with your beauty and skincare routines, we have already covered Step 1: Cleansers – in particular, how to use a face cleanser properly (and the do and don’ts associated with them). Step 2 looked at using a toner after your cleanse (I mention my favourite toners). This particular step doesn’t actually follow the other two steps but you should definitely use a face scrub at least once a week as part of your beauty and skincare routine.
Why should you use a face scrub?
Using a face scrub regularly as part of your skincare regimen will help your skin and will make you look more vibrant and youthful. Face scrubs work by exfoliating your face and removing dead skin cells, dirt and oil that has built up from your make up, finger touching and our polluted environment.
By using a face scrub you prepare your skin for smooth and easy application of moisturiser. You have buffed and prepped your skin for the week to come. If your face looks cakey and dry after you apply foundation…you know it’s time for a good scrub.
Face scrubs I like to use
It’s not enough to just know that you need to use a scrub weekly. You need to know the correct scrub to use for your skin type. My little tip here is to rotate a few scrubs so that (i) your skin doesn’t get used to just one scrub and as a result stop working properly and (ii) you can figure out what scrub suits your skin best. To remind you, or if you are new to my blog posts, my skin is dry and sensitive so I NEED to swap things around from time to time as my skin reacts badly when using a product too often.
St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub (US link) – I have this on standby always. The first time I tried it was in Canada years and years ago (when my skin was really bad – will do a separate blog post on my PCOS and bad skin from years ago which I am still dealing with until now) courtesy of my aunty and since then I purchase it religiously. However, word of warning this can dry out your skin if using too often so be aware of this.
Benefits of this scrub (as stated on the packing) include (and I totally agree):
- Oil free with salicylic acid
- Fight blemishes and breakouts with the power of nature
- Dermatologist tested
- It contains 100% natural extracts
- Helps to prevent blackheads and unclog pores
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Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Face Scrub (US link) – I have always been told by my grandmother and my mother that soda is great for everything, From cooking to cleaning to personal hygiene. Using soda as part of your cleansing system is a must. It has antibacterial agents so is good for problem prone skin to fight against pimples and bacteria. It brightens your skin to leave you looking more youthful, clean and fresh. I have always used baking soda with my normal face cleanser at least once a week for a more deeper clean. Then I came across this product by Biore. They are known for their deep pore unclogging products and this is no different. This great face scrub is actual baking soda specifically created for washing your face. No need to use actual baking soda now. It’s ideal for combination skin but I use it on my skin no more than once a week.
Clinique Sonic Scrub (US link) and special Clinique Soap Cleanser (US link) is great to use as part of your weekly skincare routine. It is very good for scrubbing your face and cleans deep in your pores without damaging your face as the scrub is gentle. Make sure to use gentle pressure and circular motions. Here is a bundle set (great saving) for my UK followers and for my US followers go to this link and this link.
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A few important tips when it comes to you face:
DO NOT touch your face. The oil and dirt on your fingers and nails will be easily transferred onto your face and cause breakouts and clogged pores. If you must touch your face wash your hands.
DO NOT go to sleep with your makeup on. Remove all foundation, cleanse, tone and moisturise before bed. By leaving your makeup on overnight you are preventing your skin from breathing and you clog your pores which leads to breakouts and pimples.
DO NOT use overly harsh grainy scrubs. If your skin is very sensitive and prone to redness and drying then it is gentler (for your skin type) and more effective to use a salicylic or glycollic acid cleanser than harsh scrubs on your delicate face. Both these alternatives offer anti-aging benefits and help prevent further breakouts.
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Til next time XX Monica XX
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