The Health and Beauty Benefits of a Body Scrub

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 20, 2014

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Quick Bites

  • Old skin cells make start accumulating on the surface.
  • Body scrub exfoliates such cells.
  • Allows fresh and new cells to appear.
  • Gives fresh and younger look.

A body scrub is a skin care or beauty preparation used to cleanse and exfoliate skin. The skin cells on the epidermis layer of the skin shed regularly so that healthier new skin cells coming from the inner dermis layer can take their place. The cells die as they reach the epidermis layer and get filled with keratin which gives a protective quality to the skin.

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However with age this natural process may slow down. Gradually cells start to pile up unevenly on the surface making it look rough, dull and dry. The skin at this moment needs some external assistance. That is when the magic of an effective body scrub comes into the picture. A body scrub performs exfoliation thereby removing those accumulated cells, allowing the fresher and younger cells to appear.

Is Exfoliation Helpful?

Exfoliation is the manual removal of old dead skin cells that get accumulated unevenly on the epidermis layer of the skin. It makes the skin feel and appear smoother and fresher. It also allows several beauty products to better penetrate in the skin to perform their skin care functions. A younger skin may not require exfoliation however with age it becomes a very helpful technique to keep the skin healthy.

Is Exfoliation Helpful

What Does It Do?

A good body scrub not only exfoliates the skin, but it also provide some secondary benefits like providing a rejuvenating experience through essential oils and fragrances. A body scrub usually has three main ingredients.

An Exfoliant:

Usually an abrasive material such as salt, sugar, jojoba beads, coffee grounds and apricot kernels, it's the main constituent of a body scrub. It rubs off the old skin cells from the surface, revealing the fresh and younger cells from below.



Usually an essential oil is used to pack a rejuvenating fragrance inside the body scrub. Use of a high quality essential oil used and the fragrance also make the body scrub more expensive.


The oil is used to hold the body scrubs preparation together so that it can be used easily. The price of the body scrub usually depends on the oil used as expensive body scrubs like usually contain expensive oils like sweet almond oil and macadamia oil.


When someone massages the body scrub over the skin the exfoliant granules remove the old skin cells. It also boosts blood circulation thus draining the lymph nodes. It provides a fresh looking skin with minutes that may only need a moisturizer after the wash. However one must use it carefully to avoid over scrubbing. Also it is always better to moisturize the skin after a body scrub session to make up for the loss of moisture during the process.

The Plus Side

A body scrub allows the skin to look and stay healthy as it removes the old dead skin cells from the surface and brings out the fresh and younger skin cells. It can be very important for adults as with age their natural skin cell shedding may reduce gradually. A quick body scrub session can make them look younger and healthier. A body scrub can also help you remove splotches and dark spots from around your knees and elbows.

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Another important benefit of using a scrub is the relaxing and rejuvenating experience it can provide. The blood circulation boost to the skin and the relaxing fragrance can life the mood for the rest of the day. If the body scrub contains some high quality essential oils, it will feel like an aromatherapy session that has some skin care advantage to offer.

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