Dove Body Polish should not be used on your face.
We'll explain why and show you how to make a cheaper, healthier alternative to Dove's exfoliating scrub that can be used all over your face and body.
So you tried Dove Exfoliating Body Polish and love the way it smells and makes your skin feel. Now, you'd love that smooth, polished look and feel for your face too. Right?
Well, that may not be a good idea, especially if you have sensitive skin.
We'll show you how to make a few luxurious feeling, pleasant smelling, healthy skin scrubs that will make your face and body feel like a baby's bottom.
And, these scrubs are very cheap and can be stored in your shower for weeks.
No, it's not a good idea. Especially if you have sensitive, aging skin. It's also not a good idea if you're prone to breakouts or if you have troubled skin like rosacea.
Just as the product name suggests, Dove Body Polish is an exfoliating body cream that is meant to scrub and polish the skin on your body, not your face.
Dove Body polish is not recommended for use on the face for a few reasons:
1. Harsh Ingredients:
Body polishes are formulated to exfoliate and cleanse the thicker skin on the body, which tends to be less sensitive than the facial skin.
They usually contain larger exfoliating particles or more potent cleansing agents, which can be too harsh for the delicate face.
Body exfoliating creams also contain oils, fragrances, colors, and synthetic waxes. Something you DON'T want to put on your beautiful face! 😦
The face is more sensitive and prone to irritation than the rest of the body. Using a body polish products on the face may cause redness, dryness, inflammation, breakouts and other issues.
3. Different Skin Concerns:
The face and body have different needs and concerns. The face requires specific products with gentler exfoliation and ingredients tailored to address issues like acne, fine lines, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation.
4. Eye Area:
This is a big reason not to use it! Body exfoliating products are not designed to be used around the eye area, which is an extremely delicate part of the face.
Applying a body polish near the eyes can cause irritation and discomfort.
If you're looking for a natural hydrating, exfoliating skin polisher that can be used on the face and body - why not make your own?
There are several advantages to making your own skin polish cream:
And, I promise, your homemade exfoliating scrub will smell just as great, if not better! Because the fragrance will be from an all natural source.
The recipe for your homemade face and body polish is simple.
It basically contains two ingredients. But you can make substitutions, which we'll discuss later:
Mix the following ingredients in a plastic container that contains a lid.
The consistency looks a bit like grainy sugar frosting. You can play with this by adding more or less oil or baking soda. It depends on your preference.
Personally, I don't like it dripping with oil, I like it thicker with a consistency of sugar frosting.
Then place the container in your shower or by your sink.
When you're ready to use it, just scoop out a small amount and massage your face and body as needed.
Then rinse well.
Note: Everyone is different, so test on a small area of your skin first to see how it reacts. And, use caution in the shower, the oil could make the shower floor slippery.
Replace baking soda with sugar - This will give your scrub more oomph! Sugar granules are bigger than baking soda and will provide a deeper, more intense exfoliation.
Also, sugar is a natural exfoliating agent as it contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). These acid readily penetrate the upper layers of the skin, breaking down the "glue" that holds dead cells together.
Replace oil with water - If you have oily complexion, you can mix the baking soda or sugar with water too.
You can find a variety of coconut oils in the supermarket, but many are neutral in flavor and aroma because they're made for cooking.
Personally, I love the smell of coconut oil in a hot shower, especially during the winter, it reminds me of summer and Piña coladas!
So I use an organic, cold-pressed, unbleached, extra virgin coconut oil that's rich in medium chain triglycerides. And it has the full smell of coconuts - which is wonderful!
Here are some exfoliating cream options for different skin types:
Mature skin with aging spots and wrinkles:
Super dry or sensitive skin:
Most people start out using this once a week for the face and body. Then depending on your skin type and needs, you can increase to 2-3 times a week.
If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, acne, or any other skin issues, please check with your dermatologist.
There are many other ways to exfoliate your skin and reveal fresh, new skin cells underneath.
Stronger exfoliation methods can offer more intense anti-aging effects, such as reducing brown spots, crepey skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Additionally, they can stimulate collagen production, a crucial factor in achieving firmer facial skin.
Whether you tried Dove Body Polish or made your own using the recipes listed here, we'd love to hear your opinion. Keep in touch and let us know how it goes.
Check us out at these locations: