The Art Of Scrubbing
Now that the cool season is upon us, it may be a good idea to treat your skin to something special. Instead of slathering on lotion after bathing, why not try a salt or sugar scrub? These are designed to make the is skin feel softer for a period of time as dead skin is sloughed away with a combination of salt or sugar granules and essential oil. These can be done at most salons and people from all walks of life say that they are worth the expense because while you lay resting, the massage technician is covering you from head to toe. This service can be ordered by itself or may be the first part of a mud or seaweed wrap that is followed by a massage.
Getting these done professionally can cost a little bit of cash. For the person that has extremely dry skin that cracks over the winter season, this may be a wise investment. If a person chooses to spend this kind of money, they should make sure that the person is a licensed esthetician. Some areas do not have regulations as to who can perform these and some may not have knowledge about skin care or may use too much pressure, which can be painful.
These are available in most retail stores and online for much less. Merchants may sell these in a variety of scents like lavender, rose, mint or citrus. Sometimes, there is no way to tell how effective this will work as some manufacturers like to use cheap oils that don’t absorb or salt granules that are large and painful. Many people find that buying these at a health food or organic retailer may bring the best results.
Others with the DIY spirit may find that they can make these at home with little mess or hassle. This is also a great way to ensure that you are getting a quality product and is recommended for those with extra-dry skin.
Here is the basic recipe -
- 3 cups of salt or sugar granules
- One cup of essential oil (or organic olive oil, coconut or sweet almond)
- 1/4 cup of cosmetic grade glitter or food coloring (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until it is sticky. Keep in cool area until it is ready to use.
Here are a few tips -
- Brown sugar may be used for sensitive skin
- Regular table salt may be used but will not have the hydrating features of sea salt or sugar
- Never use powdered sugar as it will melt
- If skin in extremely dry, sugar may be the best option for cold months
- Soak the skin before applying
- Do not spend more than 2 minutes scrubbing one area
- Whether you go to a salon or do this at home, limit treatments to two times a week.
Some people find the greatest benefit when sharing this romantically as this mixture is completely edible. This way, they can also ensure that every part of the body is covered.
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Sandra has had many years of blogging experience on a wide range of topics including health and beauty.