Our skin needs looking after – it is, after all, the largest organ of the human body! The environment, stress and not-so-healthy foods can take a toll on our usually radiant skin leaving us feeling worse for wear – here’s a little trick we love to get your skin back on track! The secret to a great scrub is 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt. Pick your favorite oil base oil (almond, coconut etc) and add essential oils for scent. Do keep in mind that fragrances can be irritating to sensitive skin, so stay basic if you have sensitive skin and skip the essential oils. Here’s how to create your own scrub at home:
1. For this body scrub, you can use salt or sugar.
Sugar can be gentler on the skin. Just make sure to choose a sugar or salt that has small granules that won’t tear at skin. A basic table salt or sugar works wonderfully. If you have super sensitive skin, you might opt for a dark brown sugar. Coconut sugar is also great in scrubs.
2. Choose an oil.
You can use baby oil or any of the following: organic extra virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, safflower, olive oil.
3. 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt.
Place anywhere from a few tablespoons to a cup of salt or sugar in a container. Place half that amount of oil. Mix with a spoon or put a top on the container and shake vigorously. Don’t freak out if the salt settles to the bottom. It’s virtually impossible to keep it mixed.
4. Add essential oils
Add 5 drops of an essential oil into your mixture. Mix with a spoon. If you’ve got sensitive skin, skip the essential oils and the lemon zest mint leaves.
5. Scrubs work best on dry skin.
Step into a bath tub and put on loofah mitts or exfoliating mitts. They work very well to scrub away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling super soft. If you don’t have a bath mitt, don’t worry, you can use your hands.
6. Scrub a dub!
Take a spoonful of the mixture into your palms or your gloves and then rub the mixture all over your body in a circular motion. For tougher areas such as the knees, soles and elbows, spend extra scrubbing time or cut a lemon in half and pour sea salt on the halves, scrubbing your soles, elbows and knees with the lemon. On places like the chest, neck, and stomach, where the skin is thinner, take it easy with the scrubbing and instead use cleanser on a washcloth to exfoliate. If you feel the salt is too harsh on your skin, rinse off the bath mitts and then spoon only the oil onto the mitts to continue.
7. Once entire body is scrubbed well, rinse thoroughly.
Pat skin dry. The salt (or sugar) should have exfoliated your skin well, and with the help of the loofah and the oil, should leave skin soft and moisturised. You shouldn’t even need to follow the bath with a moisturiser!
Information from http://beauty.about.com/
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