Dead skin gone
In Europe, Egypt and Asia body scrubs have been part of the female beauty ritual for thousands of years. Women would come together weekly to relax, bathe and gossip while they scrubbed their bodies. In ancient Egyptian times, both men and women used a Body scrub with perfumed oils to keep their skin supple and free of wrinkles from the dry desert heat. Today this weekly ritual continues in many countries around the world.
What is it?
A Body scrub is a treatment which exfoliates the skin leaving it feeling fresh, smooth, moisturised and soft. An abrasive product is rubbed vigorously and massaged across and into your skin. It is then rinsed away to reveal a moisturised layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin.
The scrub will usually start with one side of your back, and the product will be swept up and down your body simultaneously – this is really invigorating. The therapist will then work across your body, rubbing, scrubbing and massaging one area at a time. The product is rinsed off with warm soft water. At the end of the treatment you should have a good shower to get rid of any remains of the product.
A body scrub will exfoliate your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells and rubbing away hard and flaky skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, the lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubes allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, a body scrub is a powerful detoxification aid.
A body scrub removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
- Increase Circulation
When you have a body scrub, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
- Reduce Cellulite
A body scrub may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
A body scrub is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue. The Huffington Post reported:
“When we’d heard a body scrub was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”
- Stress Relief
A body scrub has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
- Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
A body scrub may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:3
“…many naturopathic doctors use a body scrub to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of a body scrub is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”
- It’s Invigorating
Many people become “addicted” to a body scrub (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, a regular user report feeling invigorated after a quick session.