Exfoliating Scrub: A Primer

Having beautiful flawless skin is a dream of many, achieved by few. It's irrefutable that it is so important and most of us already know that we need to cleanse and moisturize in order to attempt that dewy luminous glow, but what's all the hype about exfoliating scrubs? It's about keeping your face clean and your skin feeling fresh! Take a dive with us and keep reading as we explore the wonderful world of exfoliating scrubs. Trust us, you will want to know about this incredible skin-changing product!

Brief History on Exfoliation Scrubs

Did you know that the history of exfoliation can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt when abrasive alabaster particles and minerals were used to exfoliate? Ouch! Since then, the beauty industry has taken great strides into the future with a variety of substances now used to peel, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin. Exfoliating scrubs have an interesting back history. If you do a quick search, you'll find a lot of controversy between those who swear by a bit of facial sanding and those who feel exfoliating scrubs are the devil – that's quite a disparity! 

Why the polarity?

There was a time when a certain facial scrub hit the market and was considered the gold standard of exfoliation. It was likely made from ground-up walnut shells and had an intense texture like no other. Can you guess what happened when consumers with all unique skin types slathered this gritty formula onto their sensitive and supple cheeks? Think of sandpaper on the skin. Recipe for disaster - and pain! Walnut scrubs eventually left the spotlight for being way too harsh and were replaced with microbeads! 

Microbeads are much gentler, scrubby particles made from small, smooth spheres of plastic. For a little while, exfoliating with these magical beads was heaven, but an environmental hazard, they were banned.

After a few product mishaps, exfoliating scrubs disappeared only to make a comeback in 2018. The beauty industry took a huge step forward diving into all-natural beauty products using only the best ingredients. Alas, exfoliating scrubs made a total comeback flooding our social media pages with coffee, turmeric, and even charcoal – what a time to scrub!

Why Exfoliate?

Simply put, exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Your skin sheds dead skin cells naturally to make room for new cells, but sometimes they do not shed completely or quickly enough for our liking. According to skincare expert and Founder of TrustBeauty, Tom Murphy,  "Exfoliating is one of the best mechanisms to rid the delicate skin on your face of all the dead skin cells that are accumulating all the time." When you do not exfoliate regularly as part of your skincare routine you may notice some of the following:

  • Patchy and dull skin – there are so many things that can cause patchy and dull skin with pesky dark spots caused by hormonal changes, damage from the sun and aging. 
  • More visible wrinkles and fine lines - when you do not exfoliate, you are robbing yourself of having that enviable dewy youthful glow. Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells and making new skin cells, but if you don't aid the process of sloughing off dead cells, new cells will never see the light of day, causing your skin to show early signs of aging causing fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Frequent acne breakouts – oil gets trapped in pores clogged by dead skin cells causing pimples
  • Enlarged pores – clogged become inflamed and enlarged 
  • Skincare products do not work very well. If you are not exfoliating, then you might as well throw your skincare budget out the window. Dead skin will begin to layer up on your face creating a barrier between your fancy oils, moisturizers, and serums making them unable to be absorbed by the skin. 

Exfoliation works to oxygenate your skin, stimulates the regeneration of cells, softens its texture and helps to prep your skin for your moisturizer. There are many different methods and tools used today to exfoliate the skin. Skin peels and acid are forms of chemical exfoliation where brushes and facial scrubs are forms of physical, or mechanical exfoliation.

Chemical Exfoliants

A peel exfoliates the skin chemically by means of its active ingredients. This type of exfoliant can directly penetrate your skin helping to make it look youthful and hydrated. Some of the different types of chemical peels are:

  • Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) – Most commonly used in light chemical peels, BHA is also known as salicylic acid and is actually a derivative made from the same source as aspirin! This type of exfoliant tends to be less abrasive and penetrates deep inside your pores helping to make your skin's health more sustainable. 
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – Also commonly found in light chemical peels, AHAs come from natural sources such as fruit, milk, and sugar. The two most popular AHAs used in the beauty industry today is lactic acid, which is derived from milk, and glycolic acid which is derived from sugar. AHA peels work to rejuvenate the skin removing the buildup of dead skin.
  • Enzymes – enzymes work in a similar way to acid-based exfoliants but at a slower pace making them very popular for those with sensitive skin! Derived from vegan sources like fruit, they work to brighten and tone clearing away impurities. 

Mechanical Exfoliants

A facial scrub exfoliates the skin mechanically by means of friction such as with a loofah glove or a facial cleanser with rough granules in it. This action of scrubbing physically gets rid of the dead cells on the outer layer of your skin brightening it and cleaning it at the same time. Some of the different types of mechanical 

  • Exfoliating brush – when using a mechanical exfoliant, a physical device can be used such as a bristle brush that works to remove layers of dead skin cells promoting the growth of new skin cells. Some brushed are designed for dry brushing where others can be used with your body wash or facial cleanser.
  • Exfoliation sponge – much softer than the brush, an exfoliation sponge is used to lather soap and warm water gently on your skin to help scrub away dirt, excess oil and rough dead skin. 
  • Exfoliating scrub – the most popular choice when it comes to mechanical exfoliates is a scrub! This can be applied directly to your skin using a gentle circular motion and works to fight acne and wash away blackheads amongst many other amazing skin-nourishing benefits. 

Okay, So Should I Try an Exfoliate Scrub?

Yes! Exfoliant scrubs work to buff away dry skin patches and can help to dramatically change your skin tone and texture for the better. If you are looking to add an exfoliant into your skincare regimen for radiant skin, then we highly suggest starting with a scrub because they tend to be the most gentle while still offering a deep clean. 

"Problems can arise with more aggressive formulas because harsh, 'jagged' granules - they actually have rough edges - can cause micro-tears in the skin." Explains Murphy. Good point. That's why you should look for something like TrustBeauty Faith Exfoliating Scrub which leaving you with a clean fresh feel, not like you've been rubbed raw.

"Another issue with the 'sandpaper approach'," adds Murphy, "is that when you over scrub, removing all the natural oil from your face, leaving the skin feeling parched and taught. You then tend to over-moisturize. The result is an imbalance in the Ph levels. Confused skin is unhappy skin, prone to rashy areas and acne. The Ph balance is difficult to get back. 

Like with all skincare products, it is so important to stick with a scrub that is made from only the highest of quality ingredients like those found from TRUST Beauty! If you are looking to reveal fresh, glowing skin with a smoother appearance and minimized wrinkles, fine lines, and pores, then an exfoliant scrub is the way to go!


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published