Though exfoliation (face scrubs) should be an integral part of skincare regime, this process of scrubbing can do more harm than good if overdone, say specialists.
Dermatologist Dr A. Goel says, “If you have active acne or are suffering from rosacea then you must not use a scrub on your face as it may aggravate your skin problem.” Apart from that, one must use a pore minimiser after scrubbing, advises cosmetolgist Dr Soma Sarkar. “Use an alcohol-free toner or rose water — take some in a cotton ball and then dab on your freshly scrubbed face,” says Soma. Every scrub needs some minute granules and in homemade ones, ground sugar can be used.
Aesthetician Ritu K Tanwar shares some scrub recipes that can be made at home.
Combine orange peel powder and oats in equal amounts (two tablespoons each) and mix one tablespoon of honey. Adjust the consistency to a thick paste,with a little water. Apply on clean skin using very mild upward and small circular strokes. Let it sit on face for a couple of minutes and then rinse well. Pat dry, tone and moisture.
Take two ripe bananas, mash and add ground sugar. For hydration and moisture, add one tablespoon of honey. Gently massage this mildly fragrant pulp on your face for five minutes, then wash it off with cool water.
Curd and papaya scrub
Mix half-a-cup of ripe mashed papaya with two tablespoons of hung curd, three drops of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Massage this homemade facial scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Ground oats and tomato scrub
Take a plate of ground oats and powdered sugar. Slice large red and ripe tomatoes. Dip two large thick slices of tomatoes into the ground oats and sugar mixture. Now rub your skin gently with this using circular motions. Once your entire face and neck are scrubbed, take some more tomato slices and let it sit on your face for a while. Tomatoes have natural bleaching agents and the oats soothe your skin.
Lemon scrub for your hands, feet
Take one lime and slice into half. Hold both the halves in your hands and dip into powdered sugar. Now, scrub your hands and feet for five minutes with this. Never use this on your face as this may harm sensitive facial skin.
Leave it on your hands and feet for around five minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water to reveal smooth skin.
How to scrub correctly
Splash water on your face. Take a one tablespoon scrub and gently massage all over your face and neck avoiding the under-eye area. Don’t apply too much pressure and do not keep scrubbing for more than two minutes. You may scrub a little harder on the T-zone area of face.
How many times should you exfoliate?
Normal skin: Exfoliate twice or thrice a week
Dry skin: Exfoliate not more than twice a week
Combination skin: Exfoliate twice a week
Oily skin: Exfoliate twice a week
Sensitive skin: Exfoliate once a week only