You see it everywhere! Ads on television, magazines, billboards and newspapers. Ads that tell you in order to be desirable you have to be touch-ably soft. All that is only partially true because in addition, our own sense of touch is giving us this message as well. You can offer your skin this much-desired tone and texture with scrubs you can make yourself with just a few basic ingredients like sea salt, essential oils and ground nuts. The purpose of the scrub is to rid the skin of dry, scaly and flaky skin which is often the result of over exposure to dry heat or cold or plain neglect. Clogged pores are the result of cellular debris which blocks the flow of sebum. The body scrub encourages blood flow giving moisturizers a chance to reach underlying layers and supporting the skin's task of toxin removal.
Moneysaver Tip: Mix used coffee grounds that are still warm with a dash of carrier oil to make a scrub that is good for cellulite-prone spots and thick callused area.
Body Scrubs Recipe:
Sea-Salt Body Scrub
1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup grape-seed, hazelnut or soybean oil
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
10 drops juniper essential oil
You can also use this scrub to alleviate a dry, flaky scalp and dull hair - often the result of long-term use of permanents and colorings. It rids your scalp of dry skin and sebum buildup, leading to shinier, healthier hair. Gently massage 1-2 tbsp. of the scrub onto the entire scalp for 5 min.; then shampoo and condition as usual. Because this scrub can be harsh on the skin, use only 1-2 times a month.
Almond and Bran Scrub
1/2 cup very finely ground almonds
1/2 cup coarse wheat bran
1 cup hot green tea
10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix the almonds and bran. Add the tea; stir until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Cool just to body temperature. Add the lavender essential oil, thoroughly blending the mixture. Use this scrub as often as once a week.
1 cup finely ground flaxseed or sunflower
1/2 cup heavy cream or milk
Combine the seeds and the cream or milk in a small bowl and stir thoroughly. This scrub is gentle enough that it can be used daily, even on sensitive skin. It's especially useful in the winter, when the dry air tends to starve our skin of moisture.
Spread a generous amount of one of the body scrubs on this page onto damp skin. Thoroughly massage the body with firm circular motions; start at the feet and work your way up to the shoulders, massaging each area for just a few seconds. Rinse off with plenty of warm water, and follow with an application of moisturizer.
Exfoliators for smoothing scrubs: A number of natural substances can serve as exfoliating agents. Sea salt, fine or coarse, will help to remove toxins, supply minerals to tissue and stimulate stagnant circulation. It also aids in tightening and toning slack skin: A sea-salt scrub battles the dimpled look of cellulite that often appears on the thighs and buttocks by helping to break up fat and water deposits. For removal of scaly, tough, dry skin, ground almonds prove both thorough and gentle, and provide more moisture. Wheat or oat bran is an excellent, non-abrasive and non-irritating exfoliator for sensitive skin.
Carrier oils for moisture and softness: Grape-seed, hazelnut and soybean oil, used in many body scrubs, penetrate the skin readily. They supply essential fatty acids to the skin, lending it increased elasticity and a soft sheen.
Essential oils for fragrance and healing: Grapefruit essential oil gently stimulates and refreshes, adding a slight deodorizing effect. Juniper oil is especially useful for combating water retention as well as stress and fatigue. Essential oil of lavender can help heal painful fissures and minor inflammations.
Green tea for toning and oily buildup: The caffeine contained in green tea helps to tighten and tone the skin. The tea is also quite beneficial for oily skin, as the tannic acid works to remove any excess oil.