TLC’s platinum 1999 hit, “No Scrubs” from their album “Fan Mail” is the definitive girl anthem that gave a whole new meaning to the word “scrub.”
Formerly known as a loser, jerk, idiot ______ (you fill in the blank), men who are not worth the space they are taking up on the planet became known as scrubs.
And is also known as a buster
Always talkin’ about what he wants
And just sits on his broke ass
A scrub is a guy that cant get no love from me
Hanging out the passenger side
Of his best-friend’s ride
Trying to holler at me
Look at that scrub thinkin he can holla at me.
In the real world world of beauty, every well-maintained woman keeps an arsenal of scrubs—one for practically every body part. Scrubs, also known as exfoliants or exfoliators come in various forms—chemical and physical.
Physical exfoliation is the most popular type of scrub. It involves good old elbow grease and a product comprised of ground or powdered seeds, pits, sugar or salt in some type of cream or paste.
Microdermbrasion, originally only found in physician’s offices, took physical exfoliation to a whole new level. Now, in the comfort of your own home, microdermabrasion creams (a more refined exfoliant) are at your fingertips for effective scrubbing.
Our skin, (30 layers deep, 16 on the outer layer) naturally exfoliates every 28 days. However as we age the process slows down. So we have to take matters in our own hand to speed up the process, thereby producing fresh skin.
Exfoliating has significant benefits for your skin—face and body. Additionally, all skin types benefit from proper exfoliation.
• Eliminates of excess noticeable dry skin.
• Allows moisturizer to penetrate more easily.
• “Unplugs” clogged pores, allowing acne treatments to work.
• Improves tone and texture of sun-damaged and aging skin.
Scrubs come in many formulas, including natural, green organic types.
Best Organic scrubs:
1. Sweet Stuff
Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow™ Face Scrub $38
What it is: A deep-cleansing facial scrub featuring sugar and African red tea.
What it is formulated to do: Awakens and brightens your complexion and adds antioxidant protection.
2. Buffed Body
Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub $29
What it is: A natural, wine-inspired body scrub.
What it is formulated to do: Provides strong exfoliation, drains, refines, softens, and nourishes the skin as it imparts intense hydration and a satiny finish.
3. A Girl’s Best Friend
ClickR Diamond Dust Skin Polisher $36
What it is: A serum formulated to keep skin bright, clear, and smooth.
What it is formulated to do: This lightweight formula polishes skin, refines pores, and controls moisture.
4. Smooth Operator
Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream $25
What it is: A non-granular exfoliating cream that is recommended for every day use.
What it is formulated to do: It cleans deeply to lift away dead skin cells and leave skin looking smooth and radiant. Provides natural antioxidant protection.
5. Socially Conscious
Alba Botanica Rainforest Gentle Acai Renewal Scrub $14.95
What it is: Ultra-fine exfoliator.
What it is formulated to do: Softens and rejuvenates dull skin.
6. Zit Zapper
Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Face & Body Scrub $9.95
What it is: A dual purpose face and body scrub is tough on backne but gentle enough for daily facial cleansing.
What it’s formulated to do: Fights breakouts even after you rinse.
7. Manly Man
Molton Brown Skin-Clear Jade Face Exfoliator $29
What it is: Jade powder and jojoba wax exfoliate without harshness.
What it is formulated to do: Raises facial hair to minimize in-grown hairs. Deep-cleans pores, brightens skin’s appearance.
8. Tiny Bubbles
Melvita Foaming Facial Scrub $26
What it is: A gentle yet powerful blend of Bamboo Tears, Silica, and Pink Coralline.
What it is formulated to do: Gently evens the texture of the skin, unclogs pores and enhances the overall complexion.