I have decided to dedicate the whole of June to being a scrubber. Not that kind of scrubber! The smooth, soft goddess kind, duuhhh! That’s right, exfoliating.
Exfoliating whilst having sensitive skin is kind of a weird topic. Some people recommend that you do it, some people tell you to stay completely clear and even thinking about it will bring you out in a rash! I think you should just do what you and your skin feel comfortable with. At the end of the day, no one knows your skin like you do. How wise did that sound!
Having a good scrub in the shower or bath can benefit your skin in so many ways. For example, it can minimise pores, make the skin glowing and healthy, allows better absorption of products (hello fellow eczema people), improve the skin texture, helps prevents spot breakouts, the list goes on and on.
I personally don’t exfoliate my skin every day, every week or some times every month. I can feel when I need to exfoliate though because my pores feel clogged and congested. My skin is almost extra itchy and I just feel like it needs a freshen up. I either use a shop bought exfoliator or I make my own and throughout Scrub Month I will be posting a couple of DIYs for you to try at home yourself.
Ok, so like I said before, exfoliating sensitive skin is a weird subject. There is so much information out there that it’s really hard to know where to start. First of all, go easy. If you have sensitive skin you need to be quite gentle when exfoliating because the skin can become irritated really easily and quickly. Maybe start off by dipping a damp muslin cloth into your exfoliator of choice and in circular motions gently buff the skin and apply more pressure if you feel your skin can handle it. It’s better to start off lightly and add pressure rather than go in fully scrubbing your skin down to the bone then wondering where you went wrong, we’ve all been there!
If you have ultra sensitive skin and you know your skin will not react well to any sort of exfoliating product then even a damp muslin cloth or konjac sponge can do a great job. Start slow, maybe do this once a week and after time bring it up to 3 times a week. Do whatever feels best and don’t rush it, it’s not worth the flare!
Since my skin has healed a lot over the past few months and become a lot thicker and more resilient, I have decided to try out two exfoliating products that I have picked up recently. The first product is Scrubee Body Butter from Lush and the second is Scrub Love – Invigorating Coffee Scrub in Coconut Affair. Both smell so amazing they make my mouth water. I’m not even ashamed. The plan is to use each of them once a week with my trusty Balm Balm muslin cloth and do a review at the end of the month.
I totally understand that scrubbing isn’t for everyone and some people are even a bit wary of it. But I want to help people realise that even with the most sensitive skin you can exfoliate is some way or another to really promote healing!