From sugar scrubs to oatmeal rubs and rice powder exfoliation we look at what you need to rev up your circulation and create beautiful polished skin. DID YOU KNOW? Your skin constantly sheds dead cells; about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute? That's just over 4kg's per year!
Off with the old and out with the new! Skin scrubs are a great way to shed your body of old skin cells, increase circulation and help drain lymph nodes to increase blood flow. Using the right scrub for you can bring a beautiful glow to your skin and leave you feeling smooth and fresh.
Besides enlivening your skin, scrubs can cleanse and moisturise your body from top to toe. Body scrubs are typically made from ingredients that serve as gentle abrasives; like sugar, salt, coffee grounds, oats or nuts. These ingredients, when combined with moisturising oil, cream or aromatic essential oils, make skin treatments you can easily whip up in minutes.
Sometimes you hold the best indicator of your age in your hands - literally. It's the one area of your body that doesn't lie. Watch out for expensive hand creams loaded with chemical fillers, rather look for a natural and organic product or alternatively, try this food-based homemade scrub.
Stir two tablespoons of raw runny honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil in a medium sized bowl. In another small bowl, blend together ' cup sea salt, ' cup organic sugar and one tablespoon of lemon juice until the mixture becomes crumbly. Tip the salt mixture over the honey mixture and mix until smooth. Gently massage a marble-sized amount of this homemade hand scrub into your hands for 30-60 seconds. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The coconut oil provides enough moisture so you probably won't need to follow up with anything else. Store your scrub in a glass container and use once a week.
Skin on your feet is typically quite dry compared to other parts of your body. This is because your feet don't have the necessary oil glands to keep them consistently moisturised. Taking extra care of your feet can prevent dry, cracked heels. Use this simple scrub to exfoliate, moisturise and soothe sore feet, just before taking a bath or shower.
Pour ' cup of granulated sugar into a mixing bowl. Slowly add in one tablespoon of coconut oil and stir the mixture together until it's a wet paste with a grainy consistency. Stir in a few drops of peppermint essential oil and store the scrub into an airtight container. Gently massage two marble-sized amounts of the scrub onto each foot for around 60 seconds before rinsing off with warm water.
As the face can be a particularly sensitive area, it's a good idea to test any scrub or treatment on a very small part of the skin before applying to the whole face. This DIY scrub mix is designed to reduce breakouts, even skin tone, and moisturise. Lavender can sooth agitated skin and reduce breakouts and Tea Tree oil helps heal and prevent acne and blemishes. Nutmeg has incredible astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties while honey can control and reduce breakouts, reduce scars and encourage wound healing.
Run ' cup of oatmeal through the blender to break it up a bit. Then add two tablespoons of runny honey, one teaspoon of nutmeg, 15 drops Lavender essential oil and 15 drops Tea Tree essential oil to the blended oatmeal. Stir and combine all the ingredients together. Add more honey to mixture if necessary to help the ingredients to stick together. Apply the scrub to a freshly washed face. Rub the scrub all over your face, concentrating on any dry spots. Use a wet washcloth to remove the scrub, and splash cold water over your face when you're finished.
Rice flour is a nutritious and mineral-rich grain containing many vitamins and Amino Acids. It has the ability to revitalise your skin's natural glow; its soft texture gently removes dead skin cells while the amino acids and vitamins welcome the new fresh skin.
Put a little of the rice flour in the palm of your hand and mix it with a bit of water, a few drops at a time to activate it. Using your fingertips, gently rub the mixture over your face, neck and body. Rinse with warm water. This is a particularly great scrub for those with sensitive skin as the rice is soft and minimally abrasive.
How many times should you exfoliate?Normal skin
Exfoliate twice or thrice a week
Exfoliate not more than twice a week
Exfoliate twice a week
Exfoliate twice a week
Exfoliate once a week only
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