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The 5 Best Ingredients for a Body Scrub

What type of body scrub is the best?
Beauty lovers around the world know that using a body scrub regularly is key to keeping skin healthy, soft, and youthful. Gently exfoliating and removing dead skin build up, allows skin to turn over efficiently, and promotes fresh and healthy looking skin.
In an article on the benefits of exfoliating for Best Health, education manager for Dermalogica Canada, Holly Sherrard, shares:
“Exfoliating increases cell turnover to reveal newer, healthier skin cells, plus it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow. (...) Cells transitioning from below the skin’s surface to the topmost layer bring with them essential lipids and moisture,”
Exfoliating with a body scrub feels great, and is good for your skin. So how do you choose the perfect body scrub to start your own healthy skin routine? With many options out there, it can be a bit tricky. Luckily, we have put together a list of our top five best ingredients for a body scrub. Spoiler alert: It doesn't include microbeads.

Pura Vida Body's Top 5 Ingredients for a Body Scrub 

1. Sea Salt 

why is sea salt good for you?

When it comes to all natural body scrub ingredients, it doesn't get much more pure than Sea Salt. Filled with essential, skin protecting minerals, sea salt packs a powerful punch and a gentle granular texture to assist in exfoliation. 

Salt is a natural antiseptic, and helps remove damaging bacteria, irritation, and inflammation. It helps fight bacterial related skin conditions, while also improving skin texture.

Sea Salt based scrubs, or scrubs containing sea salt, remove dead skin, promote cell regeneration, and unclog pores, without over drying. 

2. Coconut Oil 

the health benefits of coconut oil

At Pura Vida Body, we LOVE coconut oil. It's the only oil we use in our Organic Coconut Coffee Body Scrub, and we also love using it for DIY beauty tricks. While coconut oil smells great, and is an amazing addition to almost any recipe, its healthy and unique moisturizing qualities are what inspire us most. 

Coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes skin naturally, without leaving a greasy film or clogging pores. When used in a scrub, the subtle oil feels hydrating - not oily. Besides its fab moisturizing qualities, Coconut oil wins on the vitamin side of things, and contains high amounts of Vitamin E. This aids the skin in repairing, and will assist in reducing the appearance of scars, burns, and stretch marks. 

Additionally, coconut oil contains amazing antioxidant, free radical fighting, qualities. With high levels of natural antibacterial and anti-fungal elements, the oil helps fight off skin harming elements. Whoohoo!

3. Brown Sugar 

Is brown sugar good for you?

Besides being necessary for delicious chocolate chip cookies, brown sugar is an excellent addition to any body scrub, and softly assists in exfoliating. 

Brown sugar contains high levels of glycolic acid, a useful and healthy alpha hydroxy acid naturally found in sugar cane. Glycolic acid fights bacteria and free radicals, and promotes general skin health. 

Sugar offers a moisturizing solution to exfoliation, and wont dry skin out. The granular element of brown sugar naturally allows for a soft buff to remove dead skin cells, promote cell turnover, and aid in circulation. 

4. Mint

health benefits of mint

Mint is a beautifully natural source of fragrance in body scrubs. It's fresh, stimulating scent awakens the senses and inspires a feeling of relaxation. Mint's healing properties, when combined with a body scrub, aid in much more than relaxation. 

For easily irritated skin, mint is a key ingredient to a skin care regiment. With natural anti-inflammatory properties, the useful herb helps ease itchy and irritated skin. For sensitive skin body scrubbers, choosing a body scrub with mint as a main ingredient might be the best option. 

5. Ground Coffee 

why is coffee good for your skin?

Not just for drinking, coffee is our #1 must have ingredient for body scrubs. We are a bit biased... 

While ground coffee's texture is a no-brainer for naturally exfoliating dry, dead, skin to promote healthy rejuvenation, coffee also has other hidden benefits. Ground coffee contains high levels of antioxidants and skin softening natural oils - which moisturize during and after scrubbing. 

The caffeine found in the delightful smelling morning pick-me-up, wakes up the skin by promoting blood flow and aiding in circulation. This ultimately helps break down cellulite and reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks. 

The Benefits of Body Scrubs

Hopefully we've helped narrow down a few great ingredients for body scrubs, allowing you to choose the best type for your skin and get scrubbing!

Scrub away and enjoy the fresh, revitalized, youthful skin feeling that body scrubs add to your beauty routine. 

Pura Vida! 



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