When it comes to our skincare, we believe that less really is more.
Take scrubbing. This is one of those rituals where most people either don’t do it at all or overdo it to the detriment of their skin health. In today’s post I’m excited to introduce you to our best selling natural ramie shower puff, here to help you keep your skin clean, and healthy.
The problem with over-scrubbing your skin
Your skin will shed dead skin cells every day because that is part of its life cycle. Throughout the day, these dead skin cells as well as other dirt that accumulates on our skin (pollution, bacteria and anything your skin comes into contact with) mix with any sweat and excess sebum produced by your body and carried to the surface by your hair follicles through the skin’s pores. Gentle cleansing removes this mix of dirt and excess oils to prevent the dirt and bacteria entering and clogging the pores of your skin.
With scrubbing the idea is that it helps you look your best without flaking dead skin, or without the visible appearance of drier patches of skin. However, your skin really doesn’t need or benefit from a strong scrub or harsh cleansing.
Harsh cleansing will strip the skin from its healthy protective sebum barrier and abrasive scrubs with coarse rather than fine particles and harsh cleansing accessories such as nylon/plastic scrub puffs can create micro-tears in the surface layer of your skin. These leave it open for bacteria that can then cause irritation, breakouts and inflammation in your skin, worsening its condition rather than improving it.
How often you should actually scrub your skin
Scrubbing should be at a maximum every 3-4 days and I usually recommend weekly instead, using a product with fine scrubbing particles. It’s the action of rubbing these on your skin that removes the accumulation of dead skin cells. Because you are not going to have such an accumulation all the time, it is not necessary, and not recommended, to scrub daily.
If you never or rarely scrub you’ll want to try it to remove any dead skin cells accumulated, as this accumulation could be causing your skin to look duller and helps clear blemishes. Exfoliation also means that moisturisers are better able to nourish your skin, improving their effectiveness in making your skin look glowing and moisturised. Moisturising well is the most important step in improving skin health and slowing the visible signs of ageing.
If you are currently over-scrubbing, for example doing it daily, every other day, or using too harsh an exfoliant, try switching the type of exfoliant to a gentler option and reduce how often you do scrub.
Gentle daily cleansing & exfoliation to the rescue
Instead of scrubbing, stick to gentle cleansing 90% of the time. Switch to gentle daily exfoliation while in the shower for the body and a fine and nourishing body scrub once a week. Because your facial skin is delicate, and if you find that you don’t react well to physical exfoliation you may want to try natural chemical exfoliators.
For your body, light & gentle daily skin exfoliation while you shower stimulates blood flow and circulation, keeps your skin clean, happy, radiant and extra smooth. Using our sustainable natural ramie shower puff, you keep your skin looking its best while cleansing. Best of all ramie is resistant to bacteria and mildew, unlike the nylon kind.
Try it today: rub some soap or shower gel and see it foam into the ramie puff. Using the puff you will not need to use as much soap as usual, as it will foam more generously as well, making your soap last even longer. Easy self-care every day.
Until next time,