At Home Body Scrub Tips

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 scrubmake 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!

More At-Home Body Scrub Tips

  • 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

Spa.ology – Avoid Dry Winter Skin

If it’s dry and cold where you live, or just plain dry, follow these 5 simple fixes to avoid the scaly skin of winter.

1 – Watch the water temp when in the shower.  Yes, I know, a nice hot shower on a cold day feels great, but it also dries out the skin big time.  With decreased moisture in the air you will be setting yourself up for the “winter itchies”. To avoid this, take a shower in water that is as tepid as you can stand.  Also take fewer, shorter showers and avoid products that have detergent in them.   These will strip the skin of protective essential oils.

2 – To hydrate the skin, drinking water is not enough to keep the skin moist during the winter months.  You need the protective layer of good body moisturizer to prevent evaporation … so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize in the morning and then do it all over again before you go to bed.  Also, beverages  with caffeine and alcohol should be consumed in moderation.  Unfortunately, they just add to the dehydration of winter skin.

3 – When the dry winter months arrive, it’s time to switch up your skincare routine.  The products that you used during the more humid, summer months just won’t satisfy your skin’s thirst.  Use a gentle, milky cleanser along with a richer moisturizer.  Overall, skincare routines in the winter need to be gentler and more mild than the warmer months.

4 – Just because the temps are cooler, doesn’t mean that sunblock isn’t necessary. During the winter months, UV light can be as much as 90% as strong as the summer months, but since we can’t feel or see it, we think at it isn’t there.  Sooooo, be sure to apply a broadband screen once a day.

5 – Your hair and nails need just as much TLC in the winter as your skin.  Cuticles and nails can easily crack and split, mostly due to a lack of moisture.  A weekly intensive hair mask used in the shower will help lessen the dry fly-aways while an old-fashioned fix of moisturizer plus cotton gloves at night will take care of the nails (as well as your hands).

So no matter your winter location, Spa.ology has the fix to beat the “winter itchies”.  Click here to visit Spa.ology and find everything your body needs to survive the season!

Source: Leanne Italie, Associated Press