Aequora’s Exfoliating Body Scrub
There’s nothing more luxurious than scooping out a handful of golden, organic ‘sugariness’ dripping in decadent and skin nourishing oils. Oils that include Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Coconut Oil all bathed in our signature natural essential oil blend. Exfoliation is a crucial step in your skincare routine and here, we explain why and the do’s and don’ts!
So, what’s the deal with exfoliating and the all-important question… how often should we exfoliate?
Avoid the ‘nasties’!
In this instance, our focus is on body scrubs and the benefits and the cautions. Obviously, as a natural and organic skincare brand we won’t even mention scrubs that don’t fall into this category. Just be aware though that many body scrubs available on the high street can contain nasty ingredients that are far from beneficial to our skin and far from natural. Instead, they can contain ingredients that cause irritation and strip the skin of it’s natural oils and let’s not even get into micro beads! These nasties cause so much damage which you can read more about here. https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste-resource-recovery/plastics-and-packaging/plastic-microbeads
The purpose of exfoliation is to remove the dead skin cells and help unclog pores which can become clogged with the build-up of regular use of lotions and sunscreens etc. Exfoliating helps unclog the pores and generates cellular renewal which in turn leads to a smoother and softer skin.
Why did we choose a sugar scrub?
Our Exfoliating Body Scrub is a sugar scrub and this gentle abrasion helps remove dry and flaking skin often caused by environmental conditions. Sugar is a natural humectant meaning it helps retain moisture in your skin, resulting in your skin staying hydrated. Sugar also dissolves upon contact with water making it ideal for sensitive, delicate skin as it is not a harsh or over abrasive scrub.
The organic Sucrose contained in our sugar scrub is a natural source of Glycolic Acid, also known as an AHA. Glycolic acid is so small, it can get deeper into your skin where it stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis to produce increased amounts of collagen which, in turn, helps skin feel firmer and minimises fine lines and wrinkles.
You will notice as soon as you step out of your steamy shower or that long anticipated soak in the tub that your skin will feel smoother and look more radiant and even-toned.
Don’t over exfoliate
But…what do you mean ‘but’?!
Well, there is a but …. Sugar scrubs shouldn’t be part of your daily beauty routine. Over-exfoliating can irritate your skin so you should aim to use a sugar scrub no more than three times a week at the most.
Never use a sugar scrub on skin that’s damaged, including sunburn or highly sensitive skin – always allow damaged skin to heal gently and naturally with the use of topical creams or oils without any exfoliants in.
We often get asked if our Exfoliating Body Scrub is suitable for facial skin – in a word, no. Although sugar scrubs are gentle enough for your body, they are too harsh for use on your face and there is a possibility they could lead to irritation. ‘No’ to the face but a big ‘hell yes’ for your body!
Another fabulous benefit of exfoliating is that it optimises the penetration of other skin care products, allowing them to travel into the deeper layers of the skin and will also help prolong the life of your tan or natural fake tan!
What we recommend
There are many types of exfoliation, however we recommend simple Mechanical Exfoliation (use a brush, sponge or textured mitten or cloth) – highly recommended to help plump and tone your skin. Use light circular motions with our sugar scrub.
Choose wisely and remember to check the ingredients in your scrubs! Naturally derived with certified organic ingredients is best and don’t overdo it. Remember, 3 times a week and no more!
Winner – Organic Beauty Awards 2019
Finalist – Beauty Shortlist Awards 2019