The feeling of scrubbing off dead skin cells and actually seeing a glowier surface can be addicting. But not all face or body scrubs are designed equally, nor are they designed for delicate lady parts skin AKA bikini area. Not to mention, made for areas where you regularly shave – especially when ingrown hairs, razor bumps, or active acne are in full force.
A “physical scrub” is a semi-abrasive polish in gel or lotion form with tiny granules – usually made from natural substances like shells or fruit pits designed to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin.
Those granules are not always perfectly round, i.e. jojoba beads. They can be large or irregularly-shaped (like the infamous apricot scrub from the 80s) causing damage via micro-tears that gradually weaken the skin’s barrier in the form of hypersensitivity, dryness, redness, and increased dark spots. Plus, if you scrub sensitive areas with too much force, that added pressure equals more damage. Basically, you can’t scrub away bumps!
When you have ingrowns and bumps, a “chemical exfoliant” or an AHA/BHA exfoliant is your best bet. Don’t be scared by the term “chemical exfoliant” AHA is short for Alpha Hydroxy Acid (i.e. lactic acid) BHA is short for “Beta Hydroxy Acid” (i.e. Salicylic Acid). Chemical exfoliants work to decrease inflammation, unclog pores to treat trapped oil and sebum, and help kill bad bacteria. Plus, they can help the skin look fresh and hydrated beyond the skin’s surface.
When it comes to choosing the right solution for intimate skin down south, we got your back (and your front)! Meet Glow Refiner for Stubborn Intimate Skin, one of the first lady parts-friendly exfoliators that helps stop annoying ingrowns, bumps, blemishes, and dark spots.
Formulated for the bikini area’s pH, it’s made with all-natural ingredients for gentle but effective results. Ingredients Lactic Acid, Willow bark (a gentler Salicylic Acid alternative) and Witch hazel target bumps at the source while Beta-Glucan and Niacinamide help reveal smoother, brighter, and bump-less skin. Plus, you can use it in other sensitive areas where you shave, wax or breakout like face and underarms.
Physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants complement each other. However, if your skin is on the sensitive side and you’re prone to ingrowns, razor bumps, or acne bumps, it’s best to table the physical scrub until the bumps go bye-bye.
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