HOW TO EXFOLIATE:
While exfoliating can be an excellent addition to your beauty regimen, there are also times you shouldn’t exfoliate. Please be especially aware that exfoliation can actually aggravate some skin conditions such as Acne Roseacea. In important is that you should never exfoliate skin that is broken or sunburned. If you are sunburned, use a product especially made for sunburn such as this one. Alternatively, rub a cut tomato over the area to help relieve the pain and then gently cover with pure Aloe Vera Gel. Always remember, when you are using skin scrubs or any exfoliation product, you must take great care to avoid pulling or irritating the thin and delicate skin around your eyes.
Loofah – A handheld loofah is a useful tool. You can use your favourite shower gel or soap on your Loofah and lather it up. Rub the elbows with the loofah in a circular motion. Only use a loofah on your skin once a week to avoid overdoing the exfoliation.
Tulle Scrub Sponge – Use shower gel or soap into a wet sponge made of Tulle (you can make them at home). Rub the tulle sponge in circular motion on your thighs to discourage cellulite.
Exfoliation Gloves: You can buy these online or places like the Body Shop, they are excellent for ensuring the product goes exactly to the body location you choose. The gloves can be machine-washed regularly to avoid a build-up of bacteria.
A Word of Caution:
If you make up any of these recipes below, please treat your precious beautiful with the respect it deserves by carefully patch-testing any recipe on your skin first.
Please make sure you discontinue the use of anything that affects your skin in ways you hadn’t anticipated.
Always keep the un-used portion of any scrub recipe in the fridge but discard after 48 hours and make up a new batch only when you are ready to use it. My best wishes with your use of these great scrub recipes, enjoy, may clean velvet skin be yours.
SWEET AND SIMPLE SCRUB
1 tbs baking soda
1 tbs honey
1tbs of pure icing sugar
1 tbs olive oil
Blend all ingredients well into a paste and apply to a clean face. (It spreads more easily if it is slightly more than room temperature). Work gently in small circles on your facial skin, avoiding the eyes. Rinse completely with warm water. Your skin should feel smooth and clean.
EXFOLIATING ROSE SCRUB
Make a scrub by mixing one teaspoon of rose oil with a quarter spoon of very fine almond meal (grind further in a grinder or mortar and pestle), a small pinch of very fine sea-salt (but only if you have oily skin) and gently massage onto skin. Leave for 3 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
ALMOND FACIAL SCRUB:
3 tbs almond meal
2 tbs rolled oats, uncooked
1 tbs honey
2 tsp yogurt
Process almond meal and oats in a blender until both finely ground. Mix with all other ingredients and leave for 5 minutes. Pat scrub on face and neck; leave it on for up to 12 minutes for extra softening. Then gently massage your face and rinse off. Discard any unused portion or use it on feet for that baby skin feeling.
EGG AND OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
2 tbs finely ground oatmeal
2 tbs pure icing sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg yolk (reserve white for separate use)
1 pinch cinnamon
Combine all ingredients except the egg white well. Apply gently to your face and rinse well. For extra toning effect, beat the reserved egg white and apply to your clean face. Leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse off very well and apply your favourite moisturiser.
SUNSHINE BODY SCRUB
1/2 cup fine sea salt
4 tbs vegetable oil
Enough crushed pineapple with juice to form a workable paste. Apply the mix to wet skin with hands or exfoliating glove, gently rubbing in a circular manner and the rinse thoroughly.
BROWN SUGAR LEMON BODY SCRUB
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon of honey
Lemon is a natural anti-bacterial and skin cleanser. Mix all the ingredients together and use as part of your shower routine. This scrub also works fabulously well on hands.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE FEET STEP BY STEP
Thoroughly file all the calloused and hard spots on your feet (or, better still, have someone else do it).
- Fill a small foot tub or purpose-made foot spa with quite water. Mix milk into the water to about 1 parts milk to 4 parts water. (Soak your feet for at least 20 minutes for best results).
- Dry your feet thoroughly.
- Follow up with a scrub for the feet (see recipes here and here) and massage it into the skin in a circular motion, paying special attention to any remaining rough patches.
- After rinsing, apply a rich foot cream and cover with socks (this is best done before sleeping.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE AND CARE FOR ELBOWS
Lose those rough dry elbows with these enticing DIY scrubs
- Store-bought products: Use a facial micro-dermabrasion product such as this one on your elbows. Rinse thoroughly
- DIY: Mix olive oil and soft brown sugar with a drop of lemon juice (to brighten your skin). Apply this to dampened elbows and work into the skin with your hands, leave for a few minutes and then rinse off. This is best done under a shower.
Moisturizing Elbows: After exfoliating your elbows, add moisturizing lotion, oil or cream to the area. You can use household items like olive oil or even baby oil to moisturise elbows. Apply Aloe Vera to your elbows, then cover the area with plastic wrap for an hour, then remove for a much softer skin.
Facial masks are a great addition to your beauty routine but limit them to only once a week, especially if you are older or have dry skin.
EGG AND HONEY FACE MASK
Beat together well 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply to face, leave on while you relax for 30 mins then rinse well.
EGG WHITE MASK
1 egg white-Beat until frothy
Rub on face and neck, leave for an hour then rinse well. Some Bio Oil sparingly applied after this will make your skin feel fabulous.
Yogurt can be used on all skin types to soften, sooth redness, and tighten pores while gently deep cleaning. Use natural, plain un-flavoured yogurt and apply to your face as you would a face mask. Leave on for 15 mins, longer if you have oily skin and then thoroughly rinse off with warm water. You can do the same with pure honey or mayonnaise, especially for oily skin.
CHOCOLATE FACE MASK
Mix 1/3 cup cocoa, 2 tbs of honey, 2 tbs of sour cream and 3 teaspoons of cornstarch. Massage into the skin and leave on for 15 mins. Rinse well. You can also add powdered green tea to this recipe for a more astringent mix (useful for oily skin). To get the tea to the right consistency, cut open a green tea bag and grind it finely.
EGG, OLIVE OIL AND ROSEMARY HAIR MASK
Mix together 2 egg yolks, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tbs of shredded and crushed Rosemary leaves and a very few drops of Rosemary oil.
Gently massage this mix through hair and wrap with plastic wrap and allow the ingredients to penetrate for 20 mins. Just before you wash your hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips so that the Rosemary leaves can act as an exfoliating scrub for your scalp. Wash and condition your hair as normal. Make this a occasional hair treatment, not something for every day.