Hello lovelies, hope you all having a great time out there? Jeez, I’ve been going through a lot these days. Stress and all. God got us tho. It took me hours to write the post 😓

I’ve been asked sometimes about the difference between facial scrubs & facial masks. Facial scrubs & facial masks have gotten confused and thought to be the same product but they perform different actions. I will be enlightening you all about both of them.


It’s a very interesting question as they are both products that help remove dead skin cells helping your skin renew it’s self quicker and giving a youthful skin. Yet they aren’t the same thing.

Let’s start by talking about the facial scrub.


They are also known as exfoliators. Facial scrubs are used for removing dead surface skin cells. They remove dry and rough skin, making the texture of the skin brighter and smoother. Most facial scrub are recommended to be used no more than 3 times a week. Not all scrubs are gentle on the skin but they are gentle scrubs that you can use everyday. Mild facial scrubs (to be used once in a while) are recommended for people with oily skin because you will be scrubbing away the top layer of your skin and removing natural oils the skin produces itself. Facial masks are more preferable for oily/acne-prone/ combination skin. It took me a while to figure this out, I kept on exfoliating thinking it will reduce the oil but I was wrong. I’ve only tried Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging buffing beads (it was the first scrub i ever used and i love it but it’s expensive and scarce in Nigeria) and EDEN apricot face & body scrub. And also sugar & olive oil/coconut oil ( it’s more natural and works good too).

Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging buffing beads was really nice. It is so mild. It worked well, really wished it didn’t finish. I remember my aunt brought three bottles them in when she got back from U.S along with the Retinol day & night oil and serum for wrinkles. I wasn’t a beauty person back them so I definitely sure I misused them all 😂😂.

Facial Scrubs consist of physical and chemical scrubs.

  • Physical scrubs are made of grainy substances such as sugar, jojoba seeds, silica etc. They work best for non-sensitive skin and rough skins.
  • Chemical scrubs doesn’t really mean they contain chemicals. It’s technically just a chemical reaction that happens on the skin while it dissolves dead skin cells. These scrubs are usually made of fruits, herbs & plants such as papaya, mango, sugar cane, yoghurt etc.

Now onto facial masks. Not all facial mask are wet, some come in powder forms, then you add whatever you want to make it into a paste be it water, milk, yoghurt etc.


They are either pastes or powder that remove dead skin cells, add hydration back to the skin and renew the skin. They remove impurities from the face. They come in three different forms

  • Mud/Clay mask- they are best for absorbing oil. They go deeper and remove more impurities from the face compared to other types. It is recommended for oily/combination/acne-prone skin types as this will over dry a dry skin type. It is recommended to be used no more than once a week.
  • Cream masks- they are suitable for all skin types especially dry and dehydrated skin types.
  • Gel masks- they add moisture to the skin without adding oil. It’s more of a moisturizer than purifying masks. It’s great for all skin types.

I’ve used PureDerm Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask, it is really awesome and handy. It’s a little expensive compared to the quantity. I use one sachet at least twice or thrice. It’s pale green in colour. It saved my face a lot during NYSC camp. It’s around 1500-2000 per sachet.
They are also natural face masks made from fruits, plants & herbs and mixture of two or more fruits such as papaya, lemon, honey, lime, mango,eggs, mayonnaise, cucumber etc.

All skin types definitely need both. But it is best to use the type that is suited for your skin type.

I hope you all enjoyed this and learnt a little something. I would love to hear your comments. Which one is your favourite type? Why do you prefer it? What products do you swear by?

Xoxo 🌹

Haleemah Al-sadiya.

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Note: I’m not a certified beauty consultant, dermatologist or doctor in anyway. I am my own beauty consultant tho 😂. Please do not try anything new without knowing your skin types or condition. Or talking to a dermatologist or skin specialist first. All facts abd information posted on my blog are based on my own opinions and what I’ve tested over time. Thank you


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