Start by looking for a scrub that matches your needs. If you have very dry, tough skin, you might want to go for a sea salt scrub, However, sensitive skin would benefit better with a brown sugar scrub. The scent of the scrub is also important. Often times, the smell of lavender has been known to be very calming while lemon or peppermint might be better for a refreshing jolt of energy!
Always remember when trying a new scrub, be sure to test for allergies or negative reactions on a small patch of skin. If there is a feeling of stinging, burning, redness or peeling, do not continue using the scrub. Do not use scrubs if the skin has cracks, cuts, is sunburned, or is highly sensitive.
The best time for scrubbing is in the evening since the cells divide at night faster quicker. Wash your skin before you scrub to remove sweat, dirt, pollutants, otherwise, you could potentially push the toxins deeper into your pores. After about 10 - 15 minutes into your bath or shower, you can begin the exfoliation process. If you plan on shaving your legs, do so before using the scrub to prepare the skin and soften the hairs.
Apply the scrub by gently massaging in circular movements, paying special attention to rougher spots like elbows, knees, heels, as well as areas with noticeable cellulite. It’s best to always scrub upward, starting from the top of your body and moving down.
Once you've effectively exfoliated all the areas you wanted to focus on, rinse off with warm water. You won't need to follow up with soap or shower gel after using the body scrub ... you should already be squeaky clean!
As soon as you step out of the bath or shower, it's best to moisturize right away. Just remember to slather on your favorite body butter before drying off! It's important to leave skin a bit wet after the shower because the water will actually act as a carrier for the moisturizer, which provides ultimate hydration.