Face Scrubs – Why, How and When?

During 2020 the Home Spa boom continued. Already on the rise Pre-covid, lockdowns fuelled a new wave of beauty bloggers, social media and e-commerce self care businesses.

Top lifestyle publications showed us ways to bring the spa experience into our own homes and we found our social media feeds filled with home care, self care products.

One of our favourite home spa guides was in Harpers Bazaar.

With so much choice out there it is difficult to know what is good for our skin, the science behind the advice and knowing whose advice we should believe.

As with all things we do, it is a matter of choice but should start with proper research and a balanced approach.

With Face and Body Scrubs – or polishes as they are sometimes known, there are 2 main types. Those containing Chemical exfoliants or those with Physical Exfoliants added. Here we hope to explain a little about both to you so you can make an informed decision when you are buying your home spa scrubs.


Chemical Exfoliants V Physical Exfoliants

There has always been a debate between the two.

  • Chemical exfoliants have come a long way using acids & enzymes.  They gently dissolve dead skin by breaking down the bond that keeps the cells together.  It avoids any scrubbing & can be better and gentler for many types of skin.  However, be careful which brand you choose, research carefully the name behind the brand & read the reviews carefully, never buy a brand that hasn’t been press associated or hasn’t been reviewed by leading skin experts.
  • Physical exfoliants use ground granules – from sugar to fruit pits.  Being more natural it’s important to choose the right level granules being used.  The more course the particle the potential for skin damage can occur.  But don’t fear there are many brands that use nonaggressive natural exfoliants.  Rice particles, baking soda & Almond powder are just a few to look out for.

With any exfoliating treatment always use caution when applying to your skin.  The face & neck area is extremely sensitive so never over apply or use unnecessary pressure.  Good products will do the exfoliation for you with little pressure.  Always follow the manufactures guidelines, if in doubt ask the brand, as many now have chat available.

When should I exfoliate?

Never exfoliate during the day, remember exfoliating exposes a new layer of skin.

This simply means the new skin is exposed to the elements.  Pollutions, sun, wind, even central heating, or air conditioning all affect our skin.

By exfoliating in the evening or before bed allows our skin time to recover and rest as we sleep.

Don't forget the Sunscreen

After exfoliating, always apply a good SPF Sunscreen no matter the time of year or weather conditions.

In our case this would be the next day after sleep.

However, if you do choose to exfoliate during the day remember to apply.

Our skin becomes extremely sensitive to UV rays for many days after exfoliating. Sunscreen isn’t just for those long summer days.


Exfoliating should never be a daily routine.  Make sure you continue your go to daily routines in which ever form suits you best.  Our skin still needs proper daily care for hydration, cleaning, and toning.

We need to give skin time to recover, remember exfoliating exposes a new layer of skin.

Once or twice a week is enough, but ensure you leave at least 3 days between treatments.

Don’t be fooled by brands telling you it’s safe to use every day.   Over exfoliating can lead to dehydration, redness & damaged and peeling skin.  It can also worsen acne as you could damage already inflamed skin if used too frequently,


Whilst using the right products at home is safe and good for your skin & wellbeing, sometimes things don’t always go to plan.

Redness, Irritation & dry skin is quite common.  Choosing the right product for you is crucial, we always advise taking time and read up and know your skin.

If redness or irritation occurs, take a break from treatments for a few weeks, allow the skin to totally recover.  Keep up with your normal daily skincare routines.  Give it another attempt but remember do that research first.


Always avoid exfoliating if you had any laser, chemical peel, or similar treatments.

These treatments are a lot harsher on your skin, so you need to give your skin time to recover post treatment.

Follow the guidelines of your treatment specialist.  Rule of thumb always allow your skin time to recover before continuing with home treatments.



Don’t Smoke.

Lessen your alcohol intake.

Limit Coffee & Tea intake.

Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

You are what you eat.   A balanced diet of the right foods can make all the difference.

Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring.

Taking care of ourselves should be a priority not a chore.  Self care is the easiest way to feel revitalised and ready for all those challenges life throws at us.

Enjoy your treatments but as with anything don’t over do it.

Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

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