How to use a Bath Scrub?

It’s confession time.


Hands up, if when it comes to bath or shower time, your body care routine includes a scrub-a-dub of soap, and maybe a moisturiser if you can be bothered. 


We’re not here to shame you, it’s more common than you realise.


But we’re here to tell you one extra step should be added … that’s a bath scrub, if you hadn’t guessed it from the title of this blog post.


The reason for this is those delicious scrubby bits help to remove dead skin cells, which leave your body feeling soft, smooth, bright and healthy.

As a product they’re relatively simple – but they have a long history.


The Ancient Egyptians were actually thought to be the first people who used them; a bid to keep skin supple and smooth in the desert heat.


If you’re unsure of if, how, and when to use a bath scrub never fear; we will cover all of this within the article – just think of it as your ultimate guide to bath scrubs!


So, let’s jump in.

What's in a Bath Scrub?

Before we kick off and tell you how to begin using one, we’ll first cover what goes into a bath scrub.




All too often beauty brands tell you to embrace something without actually telling you what makes up the thing you’re embracing.


That’s a big no no in our book…


Bath scrubs are a relatively simple product to make. Indeed, just Google bath scrub ingredients and you will be hit with recipe after recipe for DIY products.

Simplifying things, a typical bath scrub will consist of:


  • Salt or sugar,
  • Moisturising oils,
  • Aromatic ingredients,
  • Other scrubby bits such as broken bits of walnut shells or ground coffee.

We’re now going to let you in on our first tip.


On their own bath scrubs, and really any other type of exfoliant really, can be quite abrasive on the skin. So, when you’re buying one look for a product full of oils.


This will leave skin moisturised, limiting the risk of skin irritation and breakouts.

Difference between salt and sugar bath scrubs

Now, an eagle-eyed reader would have noticed above there are two main types of bath scrubs.


A salt bath scrub and a sugar bath scrub.


A curious reader might be thinking what’s the difference?


Both achieve the same result in that you will come out of bath time with a nice buff and polish.


It all comes down to the size of the granules.


Sugar has smaller, smoother granules than salt so it’s gentler and best suited for sensitive skin.  On the flip side, salt has more abrasive edges – so it can help to really even out dead patches of skin. Goodbye sunburn.

At Raw Beauty Box we combined the best of both worlds to create our whipped sugar scrub soaps, which all come in either an environmentally-friendly pot – or in the case of our raw blended coffee body scrub – a glass jar.


Other fun fragrances you can find include:


How to use a bath Scrub 3

We should mention, for those after a deep clean, we also sell whipped exfoliating cleaners with scrubby bits.


Flavours here include:


How to use a Bath Scrub

It’s time for the fun stuff.


We’ve covered what a bath scrub does, the genius of the Ancient Egyptians, what’s in one and the differences between the two main types – that just leaves how to use a bath scrub.


There are a couple of steps to follow when you’re preparing to exfoliate.

These are:


    1. Soak: Skin needs to be wet for exfoliation to work – plus you want to give your pores a chance to open under the warm water. So, sit back and relax for at least five minutes before tackling the next step.


    1. Apply: Take about a heaped teaspoon of your chosen scrub and spread it onto your body. To limit waste, we recommend standing up or hopping out of the water completely.


    1. Work: Gently rub the scrub around in a circular motion. Please, and we can not emphasize this enough, don’t rub too hard. You want to feel like you’ve had a light buff not been sandpapered to death.


    1. Relax: This is without a doubt our favourite step. To give those moisturising oils a chance to work their magic and nourish your skin after the exfoliation, leave the scrub on for around one to five minutes.


    1. Rinse: Once you’re good and moisturised, remove the scrub in a soft massaging circular motion and rinse it off.


  1. Moisturise: This step is optional but a great one if you’re really looking to treat yourself. Once you’re out of the bath or shower and all towelled off – you may want to re-moisturise to feel extra soft. If you’ve used a fragranced scrub we recommend using a light unscented moisturiser like  .

Does RBB have an unscented product we could link instead?

If you’re wondering how to use a bath sugar scrub from Raw Beauty Box – the method above is tailor-made for our products.


And it’s here we will leave you with perhaps the most important bath scrub tip; how often to use one.


Bath scrubs are not an everyday thing. Even if you’re using the most oil-packed, gentle product, exfoliating every single day is harsh on the skin.

Once those dead skin cells are removed, which happens after a single use, that leaves you will new healthy skin. This is easily irritated by rubbing.


That’s why we recommend using a bath scrub just two to three times a week.


With that said, every skin type has different needs so observe what your skin is doing after the two weeks and tweak your body care routine accordingly.


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