Taking care of your one and only body is vital for longevity. Body scrubs are amazing treats. If you can’t get to the spa as often as you would like, at least take the time to thank your skin for many years of soft, cozy living, by giving back. Treating yourself regularly to body scrubs, such as those usually found at local spas and massage studios, can help you relax and rejuvenate from the stress and fatigue placed on your body – especially during the summer. One of the best skin care regimes is skin exfoliation.
During the exfoliating process, your skin is able to rid itself of dead cells, cleanse your skin, and provide all the necessary nutrition that your body craves. Depending on what is offered at your chosen health spa, your exfoliant may include a variety of things, starting with a coarse ingredient such as salt, nutshells, sugar, and something similar to a softening agent, which contains essential or vegetable oil. Then other components are added–honey, which can draw out impurities and bring your blood to the surface, lavender–which helps calm and relax you, or even oatmeal–which adds moisture maintenance.
There are many different types of commercial body scrubs, but the base of each scrub is the same – a chemical agent. Regular exposure of these chemicals on your skin could lead to damaging skin problems in the future. You should never use them too frequently. Once to twice a week should be the limit.
Check out this list of different types of scrubs before determining which would be the best for your skin:
Perhaps the most popular type of scrub is sugar-based scrubs. Whether they contain granulated sugar or brown sugar, basically, they do the same thing. After adding your sugar base, you would then need to add an oil, or glycerin product to make your scrub pasty-like. Sugar scrubs are an awesome option–especially for those who prefer a much less-abrasive scrub.
If you need something more rejuvenating and vigorous in your life, you might rather choose a salt-based scrub. These scrubs can be concocted using different grades of sea salt, depending on the level of purifier your skin will tolerate. These types of scrubs are great for bringing toxins to your skins surface and great for healing properties as well. As for your oil base with salt-based scrubs, you can make salts glow with some popular oils, such as almond or sesame. You can also add your choice of essential oils, which brings with it a relaxing aromatherapy to your scrub.
The possibilities for herbal scrubs are plentiful. There are so many different recipes – it really just depends on personal preference. You can use just about anything to make the absolute perfect herbal scrub to fit your needs. Lavender flower and orange peel are two great examples of some very popular scrub additives. They each have their own unique scent, and a prime relaxing or healing agent as well. The mixture of the right combination of herbs with the right oils can create a heavenly, to-die-for experience.
Not only is it an addictive, amazing smelling quicker-picker-upper, but coffee has also become quite popular used in scrubs for its unique agents. Coffee is one of nature’s stimulants, and is great for cellulite prone areas. Spas will often use coffee in connection with many other stimulating and therapeutic materials. Adding chocolate, vanilla, or other scents or oils will leave you feeling alive and well, creating an enjoyable experience each time you exfoliate.
Many people suffer from a lack of moisture. Dry skin is an irritating problem, but can easily be remedied with moisturizing body scrubs. Your options are limitless and totally up to taste and preference. Oatmeal and ground almonds are a common additive along with yogurt, aloe vera, and other moisturizing properties.
Not only is this a great way to use up old bananas that are starting to brown, it is an amazing recipe that skips oils completely, and focuses on only the benefits of gentle, abrasive sugar and banana benefits alone.
Mash all of your ingredients together using a fork, into a chunky goop. Be careful not to make the mixture too thin and stringy. If you are planning to use this for your face, you might want to do without the sugar. While you are in the shower, simply apply the banana scrub, massaging gently onto the skin of your face and body. Be sure to avoid the eyes, and rinse before exiting the shower.
Mix the ingredients well. Apply on dampened skin up to twice a week. Use your hands or a small washcloth, and wash in small circular motions.
Combine each ingredient into a jar to create the mixture, and use as described above.
Visiting a reputable health spa allows you to sift through a number of body scrub options, saving you the trouble of buying an entire jar of an unsuitable variety. This establishment is likely to give sound recommendations on what could be your best fit, and may carry some scrubs exclusive to them. While there, avail of the body scrub in tandem with a massage treatment of your choice for a truly relaxing experience.