Body scrubs, like those for the face, are used to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Some scrubs have a more nutritive effect and are meant to be left on the skin for a period of time, allowing them to penetrate more deeply. They are often referred to as body packs, and are analogous to facial mask. They help to increase circulation while softening and smoothing the skin and imparting a healthy, radiant glow. Body scrubs are made in the same basic manner as facial scrubs, though the former can be more abrasive and stronger-acting since the skin over most of the body is not as sensitive as facial skin. Many of the gentler body scrubs and packs can even be used for the face, and many of the facial scrubs and mask can also be used for the body. I suggest using a body scrub only about once a week, since overuse can strip the skin of its protective oils. Likewise, too vigorous rubbing when applying a scrub can irritate the skin. Apply a scrub or pack just before taking a shower, bath or swim. Scrubs and packs tend to be quite messy, so you may want to perform them while standing in the tub or shower. To use a scrub or pack, moisten the formula, then gently massage it into the skin, spending more time on the areas of the body where the skin is rough or bumpy. Rinse thoroughly. If you are using a more nourishing scrub or pack, you may want to leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
Salt’s abrasive quality makes it excellent for exfoliation and cleansing. Its stimulating effects increase circulation and benefit tired, cold and dull skin. Salt scrubs are also well suited for oily, bumpy or dirty skin, but can be very drying if not used in conjunction with an emollient. Salt scrubs are not recommended for the face or for very dry, damaged or delicate skin. Moist salt may be used alone as a scrub or mixed with other ingredients. Note that salt will sting open skin. Although it is beneficial for wounds, it causes temporary discomfort.
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