As we move into Fall it might be time to think about removing the dead skin cells hidden behind the tan by using an aromatic body scrub.

Body Scrubs are a great way to exfoliate the skin and improve both the overall appearance of our skin and its functionality.  Incorporating an aromatic body scrub into our regular skin care regime is a great way to keep our skin looking radiant with health. There are a variety of different recommendations as to how often one should use a body scrub, from as often as 2 – 3 times a week to seasonally. Pay attention to your skin, its sensitivity, and adjust the frequency of your body scrubs to what works best for you. Be guided by how your skin looks and feels.

5 Benefits of Body Scrubs

  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Refreshes the appearance of the skin and smooths rough skin
  • Promotes Skin Hydration
  • Helps improve blood circulation to the skin
  • Allows skin products to penetrate better

Times to Avoid Body Scrubs

  • Sunburned – give the damaged skin a chance to heal first.
  • After Surgery – exfoliating around cuts and scars can interfere with the wound-healing process.
  • Bug bite – exfoliating can spread the venom.

Basic Recipe
1 cup exfoliant
Just enough carrier oil to make this a nice moist mixture about 2 tablespoons.
15 – 20 drops of essential oil/essential oil synergy (optional)

Basic Method

  • Wet the skin.
  • Using just a little of the mixture at a time, gently apply to the skin in a circular rubbing motion.
  • Avoid working over any cuts or abrasions.
  • Don’t scrub too hard.
  • Rinse off well.
  • Moisturize.

I believe that it is always important to customize your body scrub to suit your own skin.  Also, keep in mind that when you are exfoliating you want to remove the dead skin, but you don’t want to irritate your skin, so choose your ingredients carefully.

Exfoliant choices  (with the clays being the most gentle and the salts being the most abrasive choice).
Clays
Coffee
Oatmeal
Sugar
Salt

Carrier Oil Choices
All skin types – Sweet Almond, Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba and Olive Oil.
Dry skin – Avocado
Oily skin – Hazelnut

Essential Oil Choices
Dry Skin – Basil, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Normal Skin – Roman chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Geranium, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose and Cedarwood.
Oily Skin – Cajeput, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
Combination Skin – Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Rose.

Tips

  • The exfoliant tends to sink to the bottom and the oil rises to the top stir before use if necessary.
  • Try not to get water into the scrub as it won’t last as long if it does.
  • You can add a couple of drops of food coloring to the salt if you’d like it to be a special color. You can also add a few crushed flower petals or herbs for a nice texture.