When I enter the bathroom of a female occupant I often see an array of beauty products scattered across the counter, piled on shelves, and bordering the bathtub. That is not even considering what’s in the closet or medicine cabinets. Let’s face it ladies we’re addicted.
I have to admit it can be hard to resist the latest claim to stop aging in its tracks, but really! Contribute it to my need for clarity, my aversion to clutter, maybe even laziness, but I like to keep it simple.
Don’t worry; I’m not coming to your house judging your washrooms. I too have been guilty of my share of bottle clutter. To be honest I still have a hidden assortment that I haven’t gotten whittled down quit yet. I have found, however, that some of the simplest things work wonders for the skin. Many can be found right there in your very own kitchen.
So if baby soft skin is your desire, behold my natural, homemade solution:
First I like to start with a solid base. You want an exfoliating affect, but you don’t want to sandpaper your way down to the hypodermis. I use a mixture of salt and sugar. I prefer sea salt for its detoxifying benefits, but regular table salt will also work. Salt is more abrasive than sugar, so you can adjust the mixture to suit your preferences. I use a higher salt to sugar ratio on tougher areas of the skin, like heels and knees. You can use a scrub on the face as well, but I would skip the salt as this is typically a more delicate area. Be extra gentle when scrubbing your face. Remember your skin is an organ; don’t attack it like your resurfacing concrete.
· Salt and Sugar make a great base
It is now time to choose your oil. Stay with me here, I know using oil on your skin can sound scary. Many still believe that it will clog pores and cause breakouts. With all the stripping agents and alcohol acne treatments, I can see why you would think so. I did some research on this a few years ago and found that oil cleansing actually makes a lot of sense. The fact is when we strip the oil from our skin it overcompensates and becomes oilier. If you don’t believe me look it up, there are some great articles about this online. Better yet just give it a try. I am results oriented and have found that my skin stays clearer when I use oils. Ok, enough of my tangent, oils are very beneficial. Here, is a list of my personal favorites:
· Grape seed Oil- rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Great for clearing up acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant content
· Almond Oil- fabulous emollient and moisturizer, pampers and conditions
· Jojoba- actually a wax ester, rather than oil, similar to human sebum (skin oil), gives a nice dewy glow.
· Olive Oil- yes the stuff you lap up in your pasta is great for your skin too. Olive oil adds suppleness and can help repair sun damage
There are many other oils that are great for your skin. You just have to find the one you like the best or even make up your own blend. There is no need to spend lots of money. Olive oil works just fine so if you have some in your kitchen, grab it, no need to run to the store. Jojoba can get a little pricey, so I would recommend only using it for your face. It only takes a few drops.
I pour the oil of my choosing right in the bowl with my salt sugar combination. I never bother measuring, but it doesn’t take that much. Next I add a few drops of essential oil for scent and added benefit.
· Lavender- soothing and toning
· Roman Chamomile- helps with inflammation and puffiness
· Rosemary- helps with regeneration
Visit the aromatherapy section of your local health food store for more ideas on essential oils and their various properties.
Stir all ingredients together and there you have it!
With essentially 3 to 5 simple ingredients, you can make your own natural, cost-effective body scrub. To save money you don’t have to add the essential oils, they’re just a nice addition. Salt and sugar are usually very cheap and go on sale often. The oils are a little more pricey, but they last a long time, and you typically already have some in your cupboard.
This scrub will not only make your skin baby soft, but can also increase circulation. I like to start at the feet and work in circular motions up towards the heart. I use warm water in the shower to open pores before I scrub. Pay special attention to the rougher patches, which may take some extra work. Remember don't be too harsh. You may want to start out by testing a small area to make sure you do not have a reaction. All ingredients are natural, but some people have more sensitive skin than others. Ending your shower in cold water closes pores and gives your skin an extra glow. If you use these natural recipes on a regular basis, you’re bound to see improvement in your skin. Skin feels softer after just one use, but continued use can decrease bumps, clear acne, and make you glow with radiance.
Simple recap in 4 easy steps:
1. Mix salt and sugar
2. Add carrier oil
3. Add a few drops of essential oil
4. Stir and scrub
Yes, it's just that simple.
Try it out and comment below. Let me know your favorite ingredients and body care recipes.