Who doesn’t want to have smooth, glowing skin? We all do! To keep our limbs looking lovely, to help our summer-sun glow last longer and yes, to get ready for fall, we need to exfoliate consistently. Just as with the face, the body also needs exfoliation. Using a scrub on your body regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful. Read on to find out how body scrubs can improve your skin’s health and keep your epidermis looking its best.
One Word: Exfoliate, Exfoliate Exfoliate
At Haven, we talk a lot about exfoliation and there is good reason to expound on a process that helps to remove dead skin cells and clear away oil, dirt, and residue from pores. Many people have a tendency to concentrate on the face but the skin on our body also needs extra care.
All seasons uniquely challenge the skin. Over the summer, layers of moisturizer, sunscreen and oils build up. Combine that with swimming, sunbathing and a bit of sweating, and our bodies build up dead skin cells and residue very quickly — more than we realize. That’s when we turn to a good body scrub for help, especially as we transition into autumn.
At any time of year, the combination of cleansing, exfoliating and massage provide that all-important benefit of sloughing off old cells and banishing dry skin. In fact, a professional body scrub is a great way to make rough skin smooth again.
Different Types of Professional Body Scrubs
Haven offers a delightful menu of relaxing, yet invigorating body scrub treatments. If you want to detoxify, then espresso, tobacco and black silt clay blended with Indian sarsaparilla and honey will remove old skin cells while drawing out impurities and sealing in moisture.
A sea salt scrub is a quintessential method to exfoliate the body from head to toe, removing dry skin and importantly increasing overall circulation — yet another benefit to a body scrub. The rubbing action not only boosts circulation, but helps to drain your lymph nodes thanks to the increased blood flow to your skin’s surface.
Enjoy lemon chiffon? A full-body scrub with lemon and jojoba beads is the perfect body polish that will help your skin feel and look brand new! Whichever treatment you choose, your body will thank you with fabulous, healthier skin.
Turn Your Shower Into a Spa-like Experience
Before heading outdoors, it’s a good idea to exfoliate first. Removing the uppermost layer of the skin helps with skin discoloration and uneven tone. It also keeps the epidermis both softer and firmer, while allowing sunscreen or moisturizer to be applied more easily so that it penetrates more deeply.
Most of us have a variety of hair and skin products at the ready in the shower, but do you have a body scrub? Most of us don’t, but we should.
A scrub in your shower is actually a must-have; essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin, whether it’s a store-bought scrub or homemade (see below). Scrubs can be applied with a loofah pad or an exfoliating glove to give your skin the invigorating rub-down it needs. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil and suddenly your scrub turns your shower into a beautiful aromatherapy session.
Try This Homemade Scrub
Yes, you can make your own scrub at home from things you already have in your cupboard! Simple ingredients like honey, sugar, salt, a quality organic oil, oatmeal, and even coffee all work well. Here’s one recipe:
- ¼ cup raw honey. Warm honey in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot to the touch.
- Stir in two tablespoons of either coconut, olive or sweet almond oil (or any other carrier oil)
- 1 teaspoon (fine or course) sea salt
- ½ cup raw sugar
- ½ cup oatmeal (or coffee grounds for a more invigorating scrub)
- 1-3 drops essential oil (lavender, citrus, peppermint, or almond)
Tip: Store in a mason jar or any airtight container and keep in a dry place. Sugar scrubs can last up to three weeks or more, as long as the container has a lid on it. Use a few scoopfuls at a time. Enjoy!
Some Things to Keep in Mind About Scrubs
If you have healthy skin, you can use a scrub up to three times a week. If your skin is more sensitive, limit a good buffing to once a week. Be careful not to over scrub.
After you scrub, you will notice a difference in the look and feel of your skin. To keep it that way, immediately apply moisturizer to protect the moisture barrier, making skin smooth and supple and looking its best!