A face scrub is an exfoliation product which has been designed specifically for use on the face. The skin on the face is more delicate than skin on other parts of the body, and because the face sees a lot of wear and tear, it requires special attention when it comes to skincare. For this reason, it is important to use scrubs marked for use on the face in facial care, rather than generic exfoliating scrubs, some of which may be too harsh for use on the face.
There are several reasons to use a face scrub in skin care. Scrubs work by removing dead skin, leaving behind a layer of younger, healthier skin behind. Regular use of an exfoliant can keep skin smooth and glowing, by constantly exposing new skin. Many scrubs also include moisturizers, so they nourish the skin while removing dead skin. Use of an exfoliating scrub can also remove lingering facial makeup which may not have been totally cleaned earlier.
Facial scrubs are made with a mild abrasive which is designed to pull away dead and dying skin when it is gently rubbed on the face. Some people apply face scrubs by hand, placing a small amount of the scrub on the fingers and gently massaging the face, while others put the scrub on a cosmetic pad and rub the pad across the face. In either case, gentle massage and regular circular motions should be used to ensure that the whole face is covered without being too hard on the face. After using a scrub, the face can be rinsed and then moisturized.
A number of things can be used as an exfoliant in a face scrub, including bamboo fibers, ground nut shells, oatmeal, sugar, and fruit pulp. Harsher exfoliants like ground pumice, sand, and salt are not used in scrubs. In addition to the exfoliant, a scrub usually contains a carrier oil or cream which is used to hold the exfoliant in a suspension, along with a scent of some kind, often provided by an essential oil which is also supposed to promote relaxation or well-being.
Most drug stores and beauty care suppliers carry a range of face scrubs. If possible, you should test the product before buying it. The best way to test a scrub without making a big production of it is to rub a small sample of the scrub on the inside of your wrist. The skin on this part of the body tends to be delicate, so if the face scrub will irritate your face, it will irritate your wrist. Be sure to scrub, wait a few minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water to see if any signs of irritation such as itching or welts arise.