The scrub is an ancestral beauty ritual still in vogue. In ancient times, the Egyptians wrapped themselves in clay mud, rubbed themselves with sand in seawater, the Ottomans used a paste made from olive pits. The reason for its eternal success? It makes the skin soft but not only!
What are the benefits of the scrub for the skin?
- Objective for smooth skin.
Its great strength is to act instantly on the appearance of the skin, erasing it allowsremove dead cells from the surface of the epidermis, to eclipse the roughness, to soften it immediately.
- Focus on radiance.
It expels residues of dust and pollution that dull the complexion. As a bonus, it brightens up the summer tan. He regulates excess sebum and saves oily-prone skin which often lacks radiance because of the shine.
- Anti-aging action.
It plays a key role in cell renewal, it stimulates blood microcirculation, as well as the production of collagen, the skin gains in tone and firmness, less fine lines “, explains Laurie Bellaïche, cosmetic chemical engineer and founder ofOphylor.
- Care booster.
Its exfoliating power induces a refined skin texture and good blood circulation, the perfect combination to optimize the absorption of the treatments applied, with a faster and more optimal efficiency.
Which scrub for my skin type?
There are several kinds of scrubs, their operating mode differs for the same new skin mission.
“Its texture is full of particles which, by friction, detach dead cells. Most often used powders of nuts, coffee, sugar, more or less rough ingredients.
The golden rule is to proceed with the mechanical exfoliation with a gentle gestures, if possible in the steam of the shower where the skin is supple, its pores dilated.
It is suitable for normal, combination and / or oily skin, on the other hand sensitive or dry skin, go your way, “says our expert.
“Also known under the name of peeling, its content in fruit acids and / or enzymes allows it to nibble, digest intercellular cement with, as a result, a separation of dead cells.
Its active ingredients are found, for example: in yogurt (lactic acid), lemon (citric acid), pineapple (bromelain) and papaya (papain) “, specifies Laurie Bellaïche.
The chemical scrub is suitable for all skin types and is particularly suitable for sensitive skin, since it does not require rubbing the epidermis.
On the other hand, in fine weather, no sun exposure, under penalty of brown spots.
Discover our three DIY scrub recipes
The exfoliating mask
Ingredients : 2 tbsp. tablespoons of green clay, 1 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. teaspoon macadamia vegetable oil • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
- In a bowl, pour the green clay and the baking soda, slowly add a trickle of water while stirring until you obtain a fluid paste.
- Pour in macadamia vegetable oil and lavender essential oil, and mix gently.
- Apply the preparation to the face in a light layer and make circular movements to massage the skin well.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water
This DIY recipe is taken from the book “Making your beauty & health products”, Régine Quéva, ed. Larousse, € 14.90.
Advice from our expert
This treatment is perfect for combination to oily skin, a good option also for skin subject to pollution and / or tobacco as a boost. Baking soda alert, it may prove to be too aggressive for the skin, it is recommended to remove it. Green clay is perfect for purifying the skin, absorbing excess sebum and macadamia oil, rich in omega-9, is ideal for nourishing, softening and softening in stride.
Apply once a week in the evening and leave for 3 to 5 minutes to enjoy the soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits of lavender essential oil.
An express face scrub
Ingredients : 1/2 Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. liquid honey, 2 tbsp. grated coconut
- In a bowl, pour the Greek yogurt, liquid honey, coconut powder and mix gently.
- Apply the scrub in a thick layer on the face, clean skin, by performing a circular massage with the fingertips.
- Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
This recipe is taken from the book “Super-easy natural cosmetics”, Émilie Hebert, ed. Mango Green, € 12.95.
Advice from our expert
This scrub is very complete, mechanical by its grated coconut and chemical by the lactic acid of the yogurt. The latter, applied as a mask, is very beneficial for the skin. Composed of water and fatty substances,it hydrates it, nourishes it, full of milk proteins, vitamins A and B, it helps to regenerate itself, its acidic pH has a astringent effect and helps tighten pores. This recipe can play the card of tailor-made care by the choice of honey. Combination to oily skin will prefer thyme honey for its microbial properties, and sensitive or dry skin, orange blossom honey for its soothing properties.
Apply once a week for normal, combination to oily skin and twice a month for dry and sensitive skin.
Body scrub with sugar, lavender and ylang-ylang
Ingredients : 30 g grape seed oil, 30 g olive oil, 10 g sweet almond oil, 170 g powdered raw cane sugar, 17 drops of lavender essential oil, 22 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
- In a jar fitted with a well-sealed cap, pour the vegetable oils, essential oils and sugar. Close the jar and shake it.
- Spoon the desired amount.
- Apply the preparation to damp skin and massage gently with circular movements. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
This recipe is taken from the book “Making natural cosmetics is easy!”, Cyrille Saura-Zellweger, ed. Youth, € 8.70.
Advice from our expert
This scrub is multi-action and suitable for all skin types. Its sugar content should be reduced to 100 g to obtain a fluid paste, easy to massage. Good pick for its trio, oils, that of sweet almond soothes, that of grape seeds is antioxidant, ideal for the décolleté in anti-aging prevention action, and olive oil, rich in omega-6 and vitamin E nourishes the skin.
Once a week, massage this treatment with emphasis on rougher elbows and knees, and on the back where the skin is often more oily. Perfect before waxing to release ingrown hairs. Rinsing with lukewarm water is not enough, you rub yourself with soap and rinse.