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How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Body? Body Scrubs 101

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Barbara Cameron

Not everybody knows how often they should exfoliate their body. Here is our body scrub 101: everything you need to know.

We're sure you've heard of facial exfoliating, but has anyone ever told you that your face isn’t the only part of you that could benefit from exfoliating? We’ll take a look at why body exfoliation might be a good thing to add to your weekly beauty routine. 

Wow Skin Science promotes body exfoliation as it can aid in smoother and softer skin. However, this is also a good example of when less is more.

Table of Contents:

  • What Is Body Scrub
  • How to Use Body Scrub
  • Rinse skin
  • Put a small amount of scrub in your hand
  • Gently rub skin
  • Wash with a regular cleanser
  • Shave, if desired
  • Pat dry
  • Apply moisturizer
  • How Often Should You Exfoliate?
  • Sensitive skin
  • Normal skin
  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Best Body Scrubs
  • Ubtan Face and Body Scrub
  • Sugar Body Scrub
  • Sea Salt Body Scrub
  • DIY Body Scrubs
  • Coffee and Coconut
  • Sugar and Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Olive Oil

    What Is Body Scrub

    Your skin goes through a lot. Each day, your skin is exposed to germs, bacteria, dirt, and grime. Exfoliating your body with a body scrub could help in brightening your skin. 

    A body scrub is a mechanical exfoliant. It can aid in removing dead skin cells and bacteria from the top layer of skin by using gently abrasive ingredients like salt, sugar, or coffee. 

    Exfoliating your skin can help stimulate cell turnover. This could result in the appearance of brighter, smoother skin. 

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    While exfoliation is crucial to your skin's health, so are the healthy oils on your skin. Yes, an abundance of oil can clog your pores and could cause acne. But if the skin is stripped of its oils, it becomes dry and can produce more oil to counter the effects. 

    We're here to tell you everything you need to know about body scrubs and how to determine which scrubs will work best for you. Let's dive in.

    How to Use Body Scrub

    First, let's talk about the proper use of body scrubs. You may think of simply washing your body, but certain techniques may help you get better results. 

    • Rinse skin

    Start by rinsing your skin with lukewarm water. You can exfoliate in the shower or the tub. 

    • Put a small amount of scrub in your hand

    Like many skincare products, a little goes a long way. Put a tablespoon or two of your favorite Wow Skin Science Body Scrub into your hand. 

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    • Gently rub skin

    Take your scrub of choice and start rubbing it on your body in a circular motion. Go slow as you don't want to harm your skin. Remember, the scrub has exfoliating ingredients, so be gentle. Feel free to use just your hands, or get the spa feel and use an exfoliant brush or a loofah.

    • Wash with a regular cleanser

    After exfoliating your body, use your favorite cleanser to help remove any leftover body scrub. 

    • Shave, if desired

    Exfoliating before shaving could offer a smoother and closer shave and may help reduce the risk of skin irritation. 

    • Pat dry

    Dab your skin with a clean, fresh towel. 

    • Apply moisturizer

    Moisturizer works best when applied to clean, damp skin. 

    Take your Wow Skin Science Body Lotion and begin applying it all over your body. Our moisturizers are ultra-hydrating and will help your skin feel hydrated. 

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    How Often Should You Exfoliate?

    While you may like the way your skin feels after exfoliation, a body scrub should be used in moderation. Over-exfoliation can lead to dry skin.

    How often you can exfoliate depends mostly on your skin type. However, no one should exfoliate more than 3 or 4 times a week. 

    • Sensitive skin

    If you have sensitive skin, we suggest exfoliating once every eight or nine days. 

    Look for body scrubs with nourishing properties like coconut oil or shea butter. Stick to gentler body scrubs that use sugar over salt. 

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    • Normal skin

    If you have normal skin, your options are a bit broader. Try any scent that appeals to you.  

    When you have normal skin, you can exfoliate your body three times a week. It’s a good idea to start smaller, and begin two times a week, so you can see how your skin reacts. 

    • Oily skin

    You could use a more heavy-duty body scrub if you have oily skin, like salt scrubs. Salt scrubs could help slough dead skin cells. 

    • Dry skin

    Exfoliating dry skin can be tricky. If you have dry skin, exfoliate once a week with a sugar body scrub. To help avoid further drying out your skin, you may want to follow up each exfoliating session with a moisturizer.

    Best Body Scrubs

    With so many products on the market, it can be hard to know what body scrubs to buy. Here are our suggestions. 

    • Ubtan Face and Body Scrub

    Our Ubtan Face and Body Scrub helps support your skin barrier. 

    It’s made for all skin types and could help support the appearance of smoother skin. This body scrub is made with almond, walnut powder, and chickpea flour and is safe to use up to two times per week.

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    • Sugar Body Scrub

    As we mentioned earlier, sugar scrubs are the least abrasive of body scrubs because the sugar slowly dissolves once it comes in contact with the warm water. 

    • Sea Salt Body Scrub

    Sea salt is a more abrasive body scrub. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to skip the salt body scrubs. For everyone else, you could help reveal the appearance of smooth skin with a good salt scrub. 

    DIY Body Scrubs

    If you're someone who prefers to know what's in their products and how they're made, then DIY body scrubs should be right up your alley. 

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    For a long time, the only few body scrubs that existed (or were talked about) were sugar and salt scrubs, but nowadays, there are tons of body scrubs to choose from. 

    There are even scrubs you can make easily at home. DIY body scrubs? Sounds fun!

    • Coffee and Coconut

    The best part of DIY body scrubs is that you probably already have these ingredients in your home. A coffee and coconut body scrub is a great way to use old ingredients while still gently exfoliating your skin. 

    • Sugar and Olive Oil

    With sugar working as the gentle abrasive and olive oil helping to rehydrate the skin, these two ingredients could make a nice homemade body scrub. 

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    • Sea Salt and Olive Oil

    Although not for anyone with sensitive skin, sea salt and olive oil could help your skin feel hydrated. 


    Exfoliating your face and body can help promote the appearance of smoother skin, but it must be done in moderation. If you over-exfoliate your body, it can become dry and irritated. 

    When it comes to how often you exfoliate, follow the directions on the label. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer to help your skin feel hydrated.

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    Barbara Cameron

    If you are looking to make lifestyle changes that can transform your life for the better, then you need to take the advice of Barbara Cameron. She has explored a range of jobs in the beauty, health, and wellness industries, earning unparalleled experience and knowledge.

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