Our faces are exposed year-round, so we’re pretty diligent about keeping up with our facial skincare regime, but often neglect our bodies, hands and feet, especially when it comes to exfoliating.
Then, the warmer weather hits, the sandals and lighter, shorter clothing come out of the closet, the vacation is just around the corner, and we think, “Uh oh!” Time to run to the beauty isle and grab one of the many yummy-smelling body scrubs and creams on offer.
Or you could make your own…just as yummy smelling, just as efficient. But YOU control the ingredients.
I make my own Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub. Himalayan Salt is a super strong exfoliator. It draws out toxins, contains 84 minerals and trace elements, and is 99% pure.
HIMALAYAN SALT SCRUB
½ cup Fine Pink Himalayan Salt
¼ cup Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil (or a mixture of both)
1/8 cup Castile Soap
10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
You could substitute the Himalayan Salt with Sea Salt, swap the rosemary for another oil of your choice, or, if you prefer something more gentle and sweeter-smelling, make a SUGAR SCRUB.*
Sugar is a better alternative if you have sensitive skin and is recommended for the face. Salt granules tend to be rough-edged and harsher, great for removing rough or calloused patches, while the more-rounded sugar granules are less-irritating for the face and bust. You can use your salt scrub anywhere, but GO GENTLY! Some people also find the salt scrub more drying and need to moisturize more afterwards. My scrub contains a lot of oil, so I don’t feel the need. It’s a personal preference.
* And please, keep in mind, whether you buy or make a scrub, be cautious about ingredients and your skin’s sensitivity, or possible allergic reactions. Always test a product first.
We all know the benefits of exfoliation:
-Removes dead skin cells for better cell turnover and softer-feeling skin
-Cleanses pores to reduce their appearance and prevent acne
-Improves circulation to oxygenate the skin and get that rosy glow
-Drains lymph and reduces fluid retention, puffiness & swollen skin
So don’t forget to exfoliate both face & body all year long. You deserve to pamper yourself.