It’s that time of year … spring is here (officially as of March 20th) and more skin will be exposed. Time to get your body ready to be seen! There are several ways you can prep your skin for the new season … buy a pre-made body scrub, make your own body scrub at home, or schedule a visit to the spa!
For those of you that like to DIY, here are some great tips and tricks that will rival the spa’s final results:
- First, soften the skin by soaking for ten-ish minutes in a warm tub. Add a relaxing essential oil like lavender, ylang-ylang, or rose-geranium to make it more relaxing. After your soak, gently pat yourself dry.
- Place a fluffy towel on the edge of your tub for you to sit on. If you’re using a body scrub, place a quarter-size bit in the palm of your hand and rub it over the skin. I usually start with my lower legs and work my way up the legs, to the abdomen, arms and chest.
- Roll up a moist washcloth and gently use it to move the body scrub in small circles, spending at least a minute in each area. If you go too quickly, you don’t get the full exfoliation. Don’t rub too hard or too long, especially if you’re using an abrasive salt scrub! If you have super sensitive skin, be sure to use a cream or sugar based exfoliant.
- Stand up when it’s time to do your backside. Make sure you have steady footing.
- The back is the trickiest part. Reach where you can, or ask your partner to help. A body brush with a long handle can always make exfoliating the back the easiest.
- When you have exfoliated the entire body, rinse under the shower with luke warm water … never too hot! Use the body brush to help remove any excess product from your back.
- Don’t use a body scrub while the shower is running. The scrub will just be washed away before it can do its magic!
- A weekly home body scrub should keep your skin smooth.
- If your skin starts looking irritated, cut back on the frequency of scrubs or try something gentler than salt, like a sugar scrub or exfoliating mitt.
- Never use a body scrub on your face! It’s way too harsh. There IS difference between a body exfoliant and a facial exfoliant.
reference: Anitra Brown, About.com Guide