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One of the things that I love doing on the weekends (besides eating) is using an all-over body scrub.  My skin gets super dry, itchy and flaky especially during the colder months. The wintery air and the dry heat of the radiator leaves my scaly.  I sometimes even get dry patches that makes it look like I am moulting! So once a week, I exfoliate using a body scrub.

Exfoliation is vital to any skincare routine.  The body generates new skin cells in the dermis (the innermost layer of skin) roughly every 28 days.  As these new skin cells get older, they get pushed to the outermost surface of the skin (the epidermis), eventually die and gets filled with keratin (a protein).  This keratin helps protect the skin from outside world.  The epidermis then naturally gets eroded (or falls off) and so the cycle continues.  As we get older, this constant process becomes less efficient and that leads to patches of flaky, dead skin cells that makes the skin less smooth.  Also, when you apply moisturizers, serums, treatments etc., this flaky skin prevents these nutrients from getting to the deeper layers of skin.  This is where exfoliation is important.  When you remove this outer layer, you reveal fresher, healthier, younger looking skin and all your treatments are more effective.  You want glowy skin? Start with exfoliation!

Recently I have been using the SheaMoisture Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub with Frankincense & Myrrh.

SheaMoisture Organic Shea & Argan Oil Body Scrub

This is supposed to promote anti-aging and softening.  It’s a sugar-based scrub with unrefined shea butter and argan oil. This is an all-natural scrub with some organic certifed ingredients.  As with all of SheaMoisture’s products, this contains no parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene gycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, sulphates, DEA, PABA or any other synthetic irritant.   It is also not tested on animals.  What it does contain is a shortlist of natural derived ingredients.   Sugar, shea butter, safflower oil, argan oil, cocoa seed butter, mango seed butter, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerine, olive oil, vitamin E, honeysuckle flower, japanese honeysuckle flower extract and extracts of frankincense and myrrh.  That’s it!

According to SheaMoisture, shea butter “deeply moisturizes and repairs the skin with vitamins and essential fatty acids”. Argan oil “hydrates and repairs dry skin and the high vitamin E content prevents free radical damage and protects the skin from the environment”.  The frankincense and myrrh are “anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and aid in the healing of dry, cracked skin”.  It seems as though the Magi were onto something with their gifts for the baby Jesus!

So back to the scrub.

The scrub!

I really like this.  I prefer using sugar scrubs as opposed to salt scrubs because the salt ends up burning my skin if there are any microtears in the skin.  The granules are large enough where I felt as if they were working but they also melted fast enough were they were not over exfoliating and scratching my skin.  This scrub is also oil-based but not particularly oily.  Some scrubs have a layer of oil on top of the sugar and that is just to much for me.  The idea of catspraddling in de bathtub is not appealing!  This will leave some residue on the tub but I can still get out of the bath.  My skin felt invigorated, smooth and a light layer of oil was left on the skin, but nothing too greasy.  I then lightly towel dry and add some more oil and shea butter.  I love the glow! The musky, earthy smell of the frankincense and myrrh lingers for a little bit, but it is not overpowering, but then again, I like those scents!

SheaMoisture Body Scrubs come in 12 oz. containers and they cost about $10 and are available at Target, Duane Reade, Walgreens or online.  Another wonderful product by SheaMoisture!

Overall Grade: A

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