Want the softest, silkest skin ever?
If you do, exfolliation is the key. Not all exfolliation techniques and products are the same though. I love simple, natural ingredients and have found the best exfolliation that will leave your skin soft, smooth, and not dry, is to use a sugar/salt and oil combo. It’s important to moisturize after you exfolliate as you have removed a bit of skin and exposed new skin to the surface. Using a plant-based oil will moisturize your skin without clogging your pores.
Salt & sugar work as a gentle abrasive to slough off dead skin cells, making your skin feel and look smoother. They also stimulate your circulation, giving you the warm glow and helping to rejuvenate your skin rejuvenation process. Salt is best for the body while sugar is best for the face. Why? Salt is a slightly more abrasive, and it would feel horrible if you got salt in your eyes while enjoying a facial scrub. owweee! However, sugar is fine to use on your body too. Some of my favourite scrubs are a sugar & salt combo.
DIY recipe for body scrub:
- 1/4/ c. white or raw cane sugar
- 1/4 sea salt (fine grain)
- 1/2. c. extra-virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil.
- 20 drops of favourite essential oil or combo (optional) (e.g. lavender & rosemary, sweet orange & cinnamon, lemon & peppermint)
Put all these ingredients in a jar (preferably a plastic one if you are taking this into the shower with you). Get your skin wet, turn off water, massage scrub onto areas where you want to exfolliate and have smooth skin. You may want to put it all over. I especially like to put it on the rough areas like knees, elbows, feet. Feels great on shoulders, hips, arms, calves, etc.
How often can/should you exfolliate?
It depends on you. I like to use it almost every time I shower as it love to help stimulate my circulation. Some people like this as a once a week treat in the shower or something to do to soften the skin before shaving. Any of the above are fine. If you have very sensitive skin or irritated skin, I would be very cautious as it may sting or hurt. Remember that if you are using salt and you have a cut, it WILL sting a bit. best to wait until your wound heals up enough before exfolliatiing.
Can exfolliation be beneficial for certain conditions?
Yes! Exfolliation is an excellent way to stimulate your body’s circulation for conditions such as lymphedema, diabetes, edema, and other conditions with impaired lymphatics or circulation. Always check with your doctor prior to attempting any new skin care regimen. I have lymphedema, and have found the exfolliation to be an excellent option for helping to get my lymphatics moving and taking the sluggishness away that I feel sometimes in my legs. It can be a great end of day treat for tired legs and feet, especially a minty scrub which can feel cooling and refreshing.
I have 2 new spring facial sugar scrubs show here available for sale. They are made from a combination of white sugar and raw cane sugar and herbal infused olive oils. I usually try to have about 3-5 blends to accommodate different skin types and preferences. The colours you see come from natural ingredients such as rooibos tea and kelp powder. The Rooibos tea & citrus blend is excellent for normal to oily skin and the Tea tree blend is excellent for combination and acne prone skin. Stop by my booth @ Make it (May 11-13, Aviation Hangar on Kingsway) for a smell and to hear more about my exfolliation products. They are all hand-made, natural, and contain some locally sourced ingredients.