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What is body polish and what is it used for? This question isn’t as uncommon as I initially thought. With the beauty industry constantly changing and new beauty trends rapidly emerging, I thought I was the only one not quite sure of what a body polish was initially. If you’re anything like me, you’re familiar with the ever-popular DIY "sugar in coconut oil" type of scrubs, and quickly came to realize, they’re not all created equal. Although the general concept is similar to that of a scrub, body polishes are quite different.
WHAT IS BODY POLISH USED FOR?
Body polishes are exfoliants used to remove dry, dead skin cells to reveal a newer, softer layer of skin underneath. By removing dead skin cells, and doing so regularly, it is said to help to increase blood flow and circulation to the skin which gives a natural, healthy glow and overall, more youthful appearance.
HOW DOES BODY POLISH WORK?
Our bodies naturally shed dead skin cells, but the regular use of a body polish can help to expedite the process. Similar to a scrub, a body polish uses a gentle exfoliant such as sugar, salt, or even coffee grounds to remove dead skin. I have found several scrubs that were a simple combination of oils and butters mixed with sugar. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with this type of scrub, but they seem to be a little on the messy side of things. A body polish, on the other hand, has a thicker and sometimes whipped consistency to make the application process easier and a little less messy.
HOW TO APPLY BODY POLISH?
How you apply a body polish is really a simple matter of personal preference and depends on which part(s) of your body you’re exfoliating. If you work with your hands a lot and you want to keep them soft and supple, you find keeping your body polish near your kitchen or bathroom sink most convenient. When ready to use, you simply scoop out a small amount and rub and massage gently on dry or damp hands as you would when washing with regular soap. You’ll want to gently massage your palms and the backs of your hands for up to 60 seconds and then rinse! To exfoliate your legs, arms, feet, and elbows while in the shower, you can massage onto dry at the start of your shower or wet skin at the end, it all depends on your preference!
BODY POLISH FOR SENSITIVE AND/OR DRY SKIN
If you have dry, sensitive skin, a body polish can be great for removing dry, flaky skin cells. Our bodies naturally shed dead skin, but the regular use of a gentle exfoliant can help to keep skin softer and help with better moisture retention. There are lots of exfoliants to choose from when it comes to choosing a body polish. Fine ground pumice, poppy seeds, luffa powder, and chopped or colloidal oats are amazing, but for dry, sensitive skin, sugar, salt, and coffee grounds seem to be the least irritating.
At Sweet Surrender, our products are formulated with your sensitive skin in mind, so all ingredients selected have been chosen for their ability to gently cleanse and soothe without irritation. Exfoliating body polishes by Sweet Surrender are made with whipped soap as the base. They’re not formulated to necessarily bubble and foam (but they just might), but rather to create a rich, creamy spa-like treatment that gently cleanses as you buff and slough away dead, dry skin, and rinse away clean leaving you with smooth, baby-soft skin, not a clumpy, greasy mess you have to clean up later.