Step By Step Guide: How To Use Body Scrub

Ready to transform your skincare? Follow our step-by-step guide on how to use body scrub, turning every shower into a rejuvenating ritual.

Using a body scrub can turn an ordinary bath or shower into a spa-like experience. A good exfoliation can leave your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. Not only that, many of the body scrubs are scented with essential oils adding to the spa vibe.

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Benefits Of Using A Body Scrub

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the benefits of using a body scrub on a regular basis.

1. Smoother Skin

Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells which softens dry, rough skin, revealing a new layer of smooth, even-textured skin.

2. Prevents ingrown hairs

When you scrub your body before shaving, it can prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

3. Glowing Skin

Exfoliation boosts circulation and allows better absorption of nutrients resulting in a healthy glow.

4. Clears pores and blemishes

A body scrub can prevent breakouts by unclogging pores, removing excess sebum and other impurities from the skin that can lead to acne.

5. Hydrates skin

Exfoliation can open up your pores so applying a moisturizer after using a body scrub can boost hydration.

6. Helps fade scars and fine lines

Body scrubs can increase skin elasticity which can improve the look of scars, stretch marks, and fine lines.

7. Rejuvenating

When you combine massage and an essential oil infused body scrub, you get a rejuvenating spa-like experience.

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With proper use, a body scrub can be so good for your skin!

How To Use A Body Scrub To Exfoliate

  1. Bathe or shower before applying body scrub to allow skin to soak in warm water to soften and prepare it for exfoliation.
  2. Wash body with soap or body wash.
  3. Rub a small amount of body scrub on your hands, mitt, or brush.
  4. Massage in circular motions, applying gentle pressure starting with your upper body and working your way down to your feet.
  5. Rinse body scrub off with warm water.
  6. Shave if you need to.
  7. Dry off.
  8. Apply moisturizer to help replenish your skin’s moisture levels. If your skin will be exposed to the sun, you’ll want to take extra precaution and apply a sunscreen because your skin is more prone to burning after exfoliation.

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Start out using your body scrub just one time per week – you can increase frequency if you think your skin can tolerate it and needs it.

Body Scrub FAQ’s

1. How often should a body scrub be used?

It’s best to start out 1x/week and see how your skin responds and then build up to 2 or 3 times a week if your skin needs it. As great as exfoliation feels, it can be irritating to the skin when done in excess.

2. Should a body scrub be used before or after shaving?

A body scrub should be used before shaving to remove dead skin and ensure a smooth shave. It’s also not a good idea to shave before using a body scrub because you don’t want to use a body scrub on irritated skin or on nicks and cuts.

3. Should body scrub and body wash be used together?

It’s best to use body wash first and follow with a body scrub to prepare the skin for exfoliation.

4. Are salt and sugar scrubs the same?

Salt scrubs and sugar scrubs are both physical exfoliants but the granule size of salt is bigger than sugar, making salt scrubs more abrasive. Sugar scrubs are generally recommended for those with sensitive skin and salt scrubs are recommended if you want the added benefit of detoxification or have sore muscles and want some anti-inflammatory support.

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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