What are the benefits of a body scrub?
Exfoliation is one of the primary keys to a healthy skin. The removal of coarse skin and dead cells allows for better penetration of products such as oils and lotions, leaving the skin soft & smooth. All Body Scrub recipes help to remove dead cells from your skin, allowing new cells to grow. A scrub can be really invigorating as well, and improve the circulation of blood and lymph to the surface of the skin, helping to fight cellulite and improve your skin tone.
A body scrub also forms the basis of other body treatments:
* it prepares your skin for an even tan
* it opens the pores and wakens the skin before a body treatment
* the oils used can relax or stimulate your senses ready for any similarly-focused treatment that you might be having afterwards.
SALT SCRUB INSTRUCTIONS
YOU WILL NEED:
1. refined sea salt (about 1-2 cups per scrub)
2. oil to cover
3. potentially: dedicated pajamas & towel
4. good, strong cleanser for the tub
Get yourself some refined sea salt (in the bulk area – usually about .50/#) and sunflower or safflower oil. (Any oil will do, these are simply nice and cheap! If you run cold or tend toward stagnancy, inertia, or lack of motivation, raw sesame oil is a great choice, too.) Add the two in a jar or bowl, stopping at toothpaste consistency. Start with just a little bit, unless you want to make a lot to keep for later. (It will keep, so feel free – a mason jar is great for storage and looks nice, too.)
Stand in the tub as it fills (to contain the mess), take a handful of the mixture and scrub your skin, working in the direction of your venous return and lymph flow – from your feet towards your heart, then from your hands towards your heart. Keep scrubbing one area until the skin turns pink, then move on to the next area. (The pinkness indicates circulation.) Once you’re done scrubbing your whole body, soak in the tub – oil, salt, and all. The oil will penetrate your skin deeply (with the water and heat) and the salt, as it dissolves in the water, will pull toxins from your body. Hence: nourishing and detoxifying.
Do not soap off – if you’re feeling over-oily, just rinse a little off in the shower. (Make sure to have a dedicated pair of PJs and a towel for the purpose – after a few scrubs your clothes will get a little oily. Also be sure to clean the tub/shower with hot hot hot water after – vinegar and baking soda or bon ami also help.)
Salt scrubs increase lymph flow and circulation, hydrate the tissues and nerves. (In instances where lymphatic stagnancy is present, they can often contribute to weight loss.) They also aid motivation, groundedness and healthy boundaries.
Do not use the body scrub too often because frequent scrubbing can damage the young skin layer once the dead skin is off the body surface. You can use a body scrub once every week or two. Also remember to use a very gentle body scrub in case you have a dry skin. Also be very careful during winter when too much scrubbing can damage already dry skin.