How to use face scrub for best results. Find out how and when to use a scrub, which scrub to choose and the contraindications of scrub.

What is the scrub?

The scrub or gommage (“scrub” literally means “to rub”) is a cosmetic treatment in cream, gel or powder indicated for exfoliating the most superficial layer of the skin in order to regenerate skin tissues. The solid micro particles (microspheres, granules or more or less abrasive powders) contained in the cream or gel scrub which, once applied to the skin and massaged, perform a mechanical action, remove dead cells and stimulate the natural renewal process of the stratum corneum , that is, the most superficial part of the skin.

What is the scrub used for?

Exfoliation, which takes place with face scrub and body scrub, has the purpose of revitalizing the epidermis (the epidermis is divided into 5 layers: basal, thorny, grainy, shiny and horny), promoting cell turnover and allowing the skin to “breathe”. The ingredients of this exfoliant allow to remove dead cells and impurities that settle on the surface, stimulating the deep regeneration mechanisms of the skin, the renewal of the epidermis and favoring the elimination of devitalized cells and skin thickening. After the scrub, the skin regains its natural brightness and is ready to receive the functional substances present in the moisturizing and nourishing treatments that we will choose to use.

The scrub stimulates cell renewal by promoting tissue oxygenation for a skin without impurities, silky, smooth and radiant

How to apply the face scrub

The application of a scrub on the face should be done by massaging the product with light and circular gestures, so as not to excessively stress the skin and avoid promoting irritation. During the application of the scrub it is recommended not to exert too much pressure, but to massage the product gently. By practicing this simple ritual, the skin will immediately appear smoother and softer. Once the face scrub has been carried out, it can be beneficial to vaporize soothing and moisturizing thermal water, the skin of the face will thus be ready to receive the active ingredients of the treatments that will be applied later.


Regularly dedicating yourself to exfoliation helps to give the skin a smoother, more compact and radiant appearance. The mechanical exfoliation action deriving from the regular and cadenced application of the scrub can also be useful in the following cases:

  • The scrub can be used as a face exfoliant or as a body exfoliant to help solve the problem of ingrown hair and facilitate hair removal.
  • The scrub can be particularly useful if combined with a specific cream to tone the body or improve the appearance of cellulite: after exfoliation and shower, in fact, the pores are dilated, so the skin is more receptive to firming and draining active ingredients.
  • During the winter, carrying out the scrub periodically helps to eliminate dead cells and impurities from the skin (especially that of the face), such as makeup residues, smog, polluting particles and allergens.
  • The men’s face scrub facilitates the removal of impurities and excess sebum, also improving shaving.

Mature Skin Scrub

Over the years, the cell renewal process inexorably slows down after the age of 30. The exfoliation with the scrub is therefore determined to keep the epidermis younger thanks to the regular elimination of dead cells. The right solution to give brightness and smoothness to the skin, relax wrinkles, reduce dark spots and regenerate collagen. After an exfoliating treatment, the skin should always be nourished with anti-aging treatments or face masks.

Facial Scrub for Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized not only by a copious production of sebum which makes it shinier than normal and usually thick but also by an irregular texture and dilated pores in which makeup residues, smog and the same sebum accumulate, up to give rise to various impurities such as: imperfections, pimples, comedones and blackheads. In this case, we are talking about impure skin which is caused by an altered activity of the sebaceous glands. Cleansing thus becomes fundamental, as long as it is not too “degreasing”: if the excess sebum is eliminated aggressively, the paradoxical ” rebound effect ” can be incurred, increasing the production of sebum even more.

Lip Scrub

For smooth and soft lips, distribute a generous amount of scrub over them and massage them with circular movements and with extreme delicacy for about a minute. Then remove the residues of the product with a tissue. The lip scrub should be done once a week avoiding the application in the presence of lesions, small wounds or abrasions, particularly chapped lips, herpes or in case of fissuring in the corners of the mouth.

Scrub And Sun

In anticipation of the summer period, exfoliation with a scrub is the ideal treatment to obtain a golden and uniform tan. Of course, during sun exposure, you should always protect yourself with a sunscreen with an SPF suitable for your skin type. The scrub is useful for stressed and dehydrated skin from long exposure to the sun: when the tan is not renewed and there is only a constant accumulation of devitalized cells on the skin surface; the color is no longer uniform and the skin is thickened, dull and dehydrated. In the evening, therefore, smoothing the surface of the body with exfoliating and delicate treatments promotes cell turnover, giving the tanned skin a brighter and healthier appearance.

Ingrown Hair Leg Scrub

Applying the leg scrub is essential for epilation because it prevents the birth of annoying ingrown hairs: by eliminating the superficial layer of the skin you will help the hair to grow correctly. Choose a coarse landslide leg scrub that is nonetheless gentle and can be done regularly 2 to 3 times a month.

When to apply the scrub

The frequency of use may vary according to age and skin type. The body scrub can be done regularly from 2-3 times a month to 1-2 times a week. As for the face, the treatment can be repeated once every 10-12 days, if the skin is not particularly delicate. The scrub should be carried out in the evening, so that the skin, during the night, can restore its balance. The scrub can become a particularly stressful skin treatment in case of imperfections or particular skin problems, so it is advisable to contact your dermatologist for the correct information on the frequency and type of scrub.

Contraindications and Side Effects

The scrub works by causing micro-abrasions on the skin. For this reason, it is not recommended to perform the treatment more than once a week, as it can damage or irritate the skin, especially if it is dry or sensitive. Before use, as recommended for other cosmetics, it would be advisable to first try the scrub on a small area of the body (for example: a leg or forearm), in order to see how the skin reacts. If no redness or other abnormal reactions appear, you can safely proceed with the application.

  • Avoid massaging the skin too vigorously to prevent the exfoliating particles from reddening or irritating the skin, which in the long run can sensitize the skin.
  • Avoid scrubs or use scrubs for delicate skin in cases of particularly delicate skin.
  • Avoid face scrub in case of Couperose as it could break the capillaries.
  • Avoid applying the scrub in the immediate vicinity of the eyes and mouth, where a special lip scrub that is much more delicate and safe should be applied in case of ingestion.
  • Avoid do-it-yourself scrubs especially the do-it-yourself face scrub, the market offers hundreds of products for exfoliation, for every type of skin and for every problem, super tested and safe.
  • The body scrub is absolutely not suitable for delicate areas, such as intimate areas and around the eyes. It should be avoided in case of pregnancy, cold sores, after outpatient beauty treatments, open wounds, acne in an active phase and previous radiation treatment of the head or neck.

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