August 20, 2009

Skin Care: Scrubs for Face and Body

I love scrubs, they leave my skin smooth, supple and glowing! These are some at home recipes that I've been using and so far I love the results.

Dark Brown Sugar Scrub
* (Combination/Oily Skin Types)

In a small plastic bowl mix:

1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/8 cup Baking Soda

2 tsps Water

Mix the brown sugar and baking soda together until combined by simply folding the mixture a few times. Add water and mix gently until mixture is fully wet.

Add mixture to face after cleansing and scrub in circular motion for about 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse face with warm water until scrub is completely removed. Pat dry with a dampened cloth.

Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub
* (All Skin Types)

In a small plastic bowl mix:

1 cup Sea Salt (fine)

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 to 1 tbsp of Vitamin E Cream or your favourite lotion

Pour the extra virgin olive oil into the sea salt and mix gently using a spoon. When the oil is fully absorbed by the sea salt add the vitamin E cream or a lotion of your choosing. The lotion aides in adding moisture to the scrub and allows it to clump together more so than with the salt and oil alone.

Take mixture after cleansing and scoop a bit at a time out. Apply scrub to your entire body and use hands to rub in a circular motion, don't rub in one area too long. Scrub for about 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.

* All measurements are approximate using baking measurement utensils

The Dark Brown Sugar Scrub keeps black heads away and the Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub is great for helping minimize in grown hairs on the legs and riding your back of dead skin cells. The Dark Brown Sugar Scrub recipe will give you about 4 to 5 scrubs and the Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub will give you 1 to 2 scrubs, so I usually store the mixtures in a sealable container in the fridge. I use these scrubs about once a week year-round.

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