How to Perform a Face Scrub Properly


Scrubbing has been a staple skincare routine for decades. Today’s beauty product market provides customers with a wide array of different products meant to scrub out impurities and promote healthy-looking skin. Every day, millions of people in the US and around the world have adopted scrubbing as a necessary part of their skincare regime. However, not everyone has a clear idea of what scrubbing does, what its benefits are, and how they should do it. Our beauty product manufacturing experts from Anthem United States of Beauty invite you to keep reading as we discuss how to perform a face scrub properly.

How Should I Perform My Face Scrub or Mechanical Exfoliation Routine?

Performing a facial scrub or “mechanical exfoliation” is a must for those looking to improve their overall skin look, health, and tone, similar to what happens with peel-off facial masks. Exfoliation is a skincare technique used to remove dead skin cells and impurities that may remain trapped inside the skin’s pores. As we age, the skin’s cell regeneration process slows down, making it look dull if not taken care of at a steady pace.

Generally, there are two types of exfoliation you can perform on your face: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation usually requires the use of an external tool to help the scrubbing process. For instance, you can use a washcloth, Clarisonic brush, or mitt to help you perform a deep scrub. Typically, these tools are used to promote a deep exfoliation and skin cleansing.

Chemical exfoliation makes use of different types of acids – such as beta or hydroxy acids – and chemicals to help penetrate, dissolve, and drag out impurities that may be trapped inside the skin’s pores. In our experience, a well-performing mechanical exfoliation has proven to be a better, more effective way to keep control of your exfoliation regime.

There are several steps you need to take in order to perform your face scrub properly. First, you need to apply your facial scrub product. Use your favorite tool (washcloth, mitt, or Clarisonic brush, etc.) and gently use a circular stroke to apply your scrub. Repeat this circular motion until all areas of your skin are covered.

There is no need to push too hard against the skin when scrubbing. Keep in mind that your scrub will do its job regardless of the amount of pressure you apply to your skin. Additionally, scrubbing with too much force can cause redness, scratches, and inflammation, which you should prevent at all costs.

Once you have covered all areas with your scrub, rinse your face with warm water to prevent skin irritation or other issues. When drying your face, use a fresh, clean, soft cloth and pat your skin gently. After your skin has completely dried, apply a skin moisturizer to hydrate and nourish your skin.

How Often Should I Exfoliate My Skin with a Face Scrub?

Exfoliation, while necessary and excellent for your skincare, is something that should not be done every single day. It is always recommended to give your skin extra time to replenish and recover from exfoliation. If you don’t give your skin the chance to recover, you may over-scrub, which would have the opposite effect of what you are trying to accomplish: looking your best and showing beautiful, supple, bright skin.

A good general rule of thumb is that scrubbing less is more. Depending on your skin type, you should consider the amount of exfoliation that works best for you. There are four main skin types: oily, dry, sensitive, and healthy normal skin. Each type of skin requires a different approach when it comes to scrubbing.

Sensitive Skin

If you are a person with sensitive skin, being extra careful and gentle when scrubbing is a must. It would be best to use a clean, fresh washcloth or something else very soft when scrubbing. Also, make sure to use warm water instead of hot water to prevent skin redness. Try to utilize a scrub that doesn’t have big, sandy beads as they could irritate your skin. For sensitive skin types, scrubbing should be performed once or twice per week.

Oily Skin

Scrubbing can be beneficial for people with oily skin. A good scrub can help remove excess oil, control oil production, and make your skin look and feel younger. Generally, oily skin can take a more in-depth, harsher exfoliation, compared to sensitive skin. Depending on your oil production levels, you can try scrubbing three to five days a week. However, if you notice redness or feel discomfort, you should try to cut back your scrubbing routine to two days.

Dry Skin

People with dry skin can use scrubbing as a way to get rid of dead skin cells and other impurities. However, they should be extra careful, as excess dryness can cause the skin to crack, which is not good. If you are scrubbing and have dry skin, try using a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer to keep your skin’s balance and tone.

Normal Skin

When we talk about normal skin, we refer to people with good skin balance and health. If you have a normal skin type, you can scrub three days a week to keep your skin in check and help you look your best.

There is an important caveat to consider when scrubbing and exfoliating your skin: scrubbing is not for everyone. There are situations where avoiding scrubbing altogether may be beneficial. For instance, if you have chronic, cystic acne, you should avoid further complications by avoiding a scrub that might further irritate your skin. If you are not sure whether you should incorporate a scrub into your skincare routine, consult with your dermatologist first.

Turn to Our Beauty Product and Face Scrub Manufacturers for Your Custom Product Line

For more than ten years, Anthem United States of Beauty has been serving customers across the US. We have proudly served customers by providing them with the custom-made products they look for. Our team of professionals can help you figure out how to start a skincare line, which includes developing, manufacturing, testing your skincare product, and packaging it. To learn more about the services we provide, call Anthem today at (973) 779-1982.