Hey girlies…Yes, its Sunday again…and I’m back with another DIY, at-home pampering post. This week, its about body scrubbing.
We are exposed to all kinds of pollutants, dirt and dust on a daily basis. Add to that, the secretion of toxins from our skin, be it sweat or oil. The body skin is also shed on a regular basis. This dead skin needs to be removed at regular intervals, so as to allow new skin cells to grow properly.
Body scrubbing is the most popular and most obvious way of removing these dead skin cells. Buying ready-to-use body scrubs/ polishers is the easiest way out for the lazy us, but these scrubs often come laden with chemicals, artificial fragrances and paraben.
A better alternative is to prepare fresh body scrubs at home, using readily available ingredients according to your skin type, and get the maximum benefits of scrubbing.
The good things about home-made scrubs are:
· They are easy on the pocket
· Ingredients used will be fresh ones, in most cases
· You can make a fresh batch of scrub easily, whenever you want to use one
· You can make a scrub suiting your specific skin type. With some experience, you will get to know what products suit your skin best
· These will be preservative and paraben free
And the not-so-good things are:
· Fresh scrubs have a very short shelf life, so you’ll need to make fresh batch every time
· If you are travelling, making these can be a problem
· Home-made recipes take some time to show the effects.
The basic components of a body scrub are:
1. An exfoliating agent- Salt, sugar, coarse coffee powder, oatmeal. These help to remove the dead skin cells from the surface.
2. A Carrier agent – Almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or any oil of your choice. These lend texture to the body scrubs and make usage and application easy, and also moisturization to the new surface of the skin revealed after scrubbing.
3. Essential Oils- Lavender, Orange, Juniper or Grapefruit oils, for healing the skin and adding fragrance (aromatherapy).Lead to relaxation through the smells.
Some recipesfor DIY body scrubs are:
· Lemon sugar body scrub: mix together 1 cup sugar, ½ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon rind (grated lemon peel) in a bowl just before bath, soak your body with warm water and then use this scrub. This will help in removing dead skin, and slowly lessen the tan on the skin because of the lemon.
· Coffee body scrub: this is my favourite of all scrubs.. Mix 1 cup of coarse coffee (e.g. Nescafe coffee), 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Add 4-5 drops of vanilla essence to further add fragrance, though this is optional. This scrub will help rejuvenate and tighten skin.
· For oily skin (especially for areas like upper back, which suffer from ‘backne’ in summers): 2 tablespoons each of sugar, oats, aloe vera gel, and 1 tablespoon each of honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix all ingredients together and scrub oily parts of the body to get clean, refreshed skin.
· Moisturising body scrub: this is prepared using 1 cup sugar, 1 cup yoghurt and ¼ cup olive oil or baby oil. It leaves skin feeling baby-soft.
· Rice and tomato wrap: soak half a cup of rice in water for 30 minutes. Then grind till coarse. Puree 3-4 tomatoes, and add to the rice. Use this scrub on the body, and leave it on the body for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
Ideal way of using a body scrub: A body scrub is to be used on damp skin, after a warm shower which helps in opening up the pores on the skin) and should be massaged on the skin in circular motions.
After care: After scrubbing, rinse off with water, preferably warm water, and dry the skin with a towel. Then apply a generous amount of moisturiser suitable for your skin type.
A word of caution: Do not use the same scrubs for the face and the body. Body scrubs are usually more abrasive in nature, and they may be too harsh for the delicate facial skin..
Hope you enjoyed the post. Do try the above methods and let us all know how you found them.
Please leave any suggestions in the comments section.
Kindly refer Disclaimer & Policy before trying any of the above methods.