Scrubs and exfoliators are skin care products designed to help remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote smoother and more radiant skin. They work by gently sloughing off the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing the newer, healthier skin underneath. Regular use of scrubs and exfoliators can help improve the texture and appearance of the skin.

While the terms are often used mutually, there is a distinction between scrubs and exfoliators:

  1. Scrubs: Scrubs are physical exfoliants that contain small particles, such as sugar, salt, crushed nuts, or microbeads. These particles are massaged onto the skin to physically remove dead skin cells and impurities. The action of scrubbing helps to buff away the outer layer of skin. Scrubs are available in various levels of abrasiveness, from gentle to more intense.

  2. Exfoliators: Exfoliators encompass a broader category that includes both physical exfoliants (scrubs) and chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants utilise ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and enzymes to dissolve and loosen dead skin cells, promoting their shedding. Chemical exfoliation tends to be gentler and can often penetrate deeper into the pores.

Scrubs and exfoliators are recommended for several reasons:

  1. Promoting Skin Renewal: Regular exfoliation helps to accelerate the natural skin renewal process, resulting in a fresher, brighter skin.

  2. Unclogging Pores: Exfoliation can help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and sebum that can clog pores and lead to acne.

  3. Improved Absorption: By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, skincare products can penetrate more effectively, maximising their benefits.

  4. Even Skin Tone: Exfoliation can help fade hyperpigmentation, sunspots, and other uneven skin tone issues over time.

Skin Types and Recommendations:

  • Normal Skin: People with normal skin can typically benefit from both physical and chemical exfoliants. They should choose products with moderate exfoliating properties.

  • Oily Skin: Oily skin types tend to have more frequent dead skin cell buildup and can benefit from regular exfoliation. Both physical and chemical exfoliants can be effective for controlling oil and preventing breakouts.

  • Dry Skin: Gentle exfoliation is important for those with dry skin to avoid over-stripping the skin's natural oils. Mild gel-based exfoliators are best suitable for this skin type.

  • Sensitive Skin: Individuals with sensitive skin should opt for gentle exfoliation. Avoid harsh scrubs and opt for mild chemical exfoliants with lower concentrations of active ingredients.

  • Combination Skin: People with combination skin can use a combination of exfoliation methods. Use milder exfoliation on drier areas and slightly stronger options on oilier areas.

People with below skin conditions should avoid

  • Active Acne or Irritated Skin: Scrubbing active acne can worsen inflammation and spread bacteria. Individuals with active breakouts or irritated skin should avoid physical exfoliants and opt for soothing, non-abrasive products.

  • Skin Conditions: Certain skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea can be aggravated by exfoliation. Consult a dermatologist before using any exfoliating products if you have these conditions.

  • Sunburned or Damaged Skin: Exfoliation can further damage sunburned or compromised skin. Wait until the skin has healed before resuming exfoliation.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Scrubs & Exfoliators:

  • Mineral Glow Scrub - Its triple-action scrub formula made of natural exfoliators of cornflower and grain almond meal gently buffs away dry skin and dead cells resulting in fresh, young, energised, and healthy skin. Rice bran oil and aqua minerals remineralise and enrich your skin reducing fine lines effectively.

  • Coffee Bean Scrub - It is a super innovative all-natural scrub formula made of green coffee bean extract, honey, and organic coffee arabica powder, it exfoliates, deep cleanses, and improves circulation. Their anti-oxidant quality regenerates new skin cells and fights free radicals caused by pollution and the harsh sun which causes wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots associated with aging.

  • Peppermint Exfol Gel - It is an exfoliating gel enriched with active enzymes, it deep cleanses & brightens your skin leaving it blemish-free and refreshed, without irritating or scratching the delicate and sensitive skin on your face and neck. Its unique combination of natural ingredients and aromatherapy blend gently dissolves the dry flakes & impurities blocking the pores of the skin.