Lately I’ve been trying to wean myself off store bought moisturisers and beauty products (makeup excluded, my love for MAC is undying). They just contain so many chemicals. There must be a better way! When I go into organic and whole food stores, it is just so expensive that I realistically couldn’t afford to switch my food, body products, hair products and cleaning products to organic brands. There are some sneaky ways to save and still expose yourself to less harmful chemicals!
Let’s start with an exfoliating body scrub! This lemon one sounds a REAL treat!
Body scrubs, applied in the shower, have multiple benefits, according to Sharon Mathieu, vice president of development and holistic advisor for Soothe Your Senses, a Mandeville, Louisiana-based company that manufactures all-natural, essential oil-based aromatherapy bath and body products.
A body scrub cleans and exfoliates the skin, improves blood circulation and helps remove toxins, says Mathieu, a massage therapist and aromatherapist who also owns and operates the company’s day spa, where she practices therapeutic massage, Reiki, acupressure, prenatal massage, chakra balancing, Qi Qong and reflexology.
“This is traditionally a spa treatment that is finding its way to showers across the country,” she tells OrganicAuthority.com.
1/4 cup coarse brown sugar (to gently exfoliate without drying)
1 cup grapeseed oil (to moisturize)
1/4 cup grated lemon peel (to invigorate your senses)
1. Mix together all ingredients.
2. Gently rub on your body in a circular motion. Concentrate on rough areas like elbows, knees and heels.
3. Rinse with water.
Benefits of Body Scrubs:
Many women are overloaded with the perpetual to-do list, and often put themselves at the bottom of that list. One way you can put yourself at the top again is to engage in self-care by getting regular body scrubs. There are various types of body scrubs, depending on your personal preferences and needs. There are also various benefits to body scrubs, some of which you may not even be aware of.
Benefit #1 – Skin Glow
One of the biggest benefits to body scrubs, particularly the salt scrub, is the glow that your skin is left with. There are different grades of salt, and sea salt is the best option for a salt glow. The results for your body will depend on the type and grade of salt you or your spa technician uses.
Benefit #2 – Exfoliating
It might seem like an obvious benefit to mention, but body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells. This paves the way for fresh new cells to regenerate and leaves you looking and feeling fabulous. Planning a body scrub for exfoliating benefits is best in the fall and spring, right before you start to tan and when your tan starts to fade. Of course, exfoliating is great any time. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to stick with sugar or herbal body scrubs. Otherwise, salt scrubs are great for exfoliation.
Benefit #3 – Increasing Flow
When you get a body scrub or give one to yourself, you are encouraging the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within. For the best results a professional should recommend and apply the body scrub that is appropriate for you. When you have a professional massage therapist apply the body scrub, a massage can be incorporated. This will increase the correct circulation and flow benefits.
Benefit #4 – Improve Cellulite and Aging
There are some claims that certain types of body scrubs can actually improve the look of aging and dimpled skin from cellulite. There is no miracle cure, but it certainly won’t hurt to try a body scrub that is enhanced with coffee. The coffee grounds are the best option for use on cellulite prone areas of the body. These types of body scrubs are great if you love the smell of coffee, too.
Benefit #5 – Relaxation
Treating yourself to a body scrub, especially when combined with a massage, is just plain relaxing. Having a body scrub done by a professional allows you to incur the benefit without the mess or stress. Plus, when you have a choice of essential oils to add to your body scrub, the effects are even more potent. Lavender is a great choice because of its known relaxing qualities. There may be other scents that you find relaxing, so be sure to ask if essential oils can be incorporated.
Getting a body scrub done at a spa regularly can be expensive, but there are many options to making your own scrubs at home. You can look for recipes online or create your own. With the benefits that body scrubs allow, the effort is worth it.