New skin cells are being created in the inner layers of the dermis all the time and as they form they push the dead cells to the outer layer - the epidermis.
These dead skin cells do eventually get dislodged and fall off but some are left behind for longer periods giving your complexion a dull, rough look and can even clog pores leading to skin blemishes and even acne.
To keep your skin looking radiant and healthy it's a great idea to exfoliate occasionally to help the dead skin cells fall completely away, remembering to do your face as well as your body. Using an abrasive cleanser all over your skin reveals the healthy looking new layer and stimulates circulation helping the oxygen to flow in the blood, so encouraging new cell growth.
Areas to Exfoliate
Face : Here we need to use a gentle scrub due to the tender area, especially around the eyes. Choose oils/butters that will readily absorb into the skin and are good for this area.
Body : Any scrub is really ideal for your body, although women should take care and use a gentle scrub on the breast area.
Feet : Scrubs are ideal on the feet to help with hard skin. An ingredient like pumice would be a great ingredient.
Scrubs can be made of numerous things, you just need 'particles' suspended in skincare that turns it into an abrasive product :
Salt, Sugar, Pumice, Oatmeal, Bamboo powder, Crushed nut shells, Jojoba beads, Ground coffee beans.
They can be made with water or without. Usually, when making skincare a preservative is required when water is added, however, as scrubs are usually used in the bathroom and with wet fingers it is advisable to use a preservative even if water is not present when made.
Scrubs can be very simple to make - salt added to an oil - or more complex such as making a lotion and adding your abrasive ingredient. You can even be adventurous and add dried flowers.
Once made place your scrub in a container with a lid.
Quick and Easy Foot Scrub :
100g Fine Salt
Few drops of essential oil i.e. lemon, tea tree, peppermint
To Make : Mix together salt and pumice and add a few drops of essential oil.
Mud Scrub :
100g Dead Sea Salt
25g Grapeseed Oil
Few drops of essential oils i.e. lavender, lemon, orange or lemongrass
To Make : Add the dead sea salt to the clay. Add the essential oil to the grapeseed oil and add this to the sea salt and clay.
Sugar Scrub :
25g Shea Butter
10g Coconut Oil
15g Grapeseed Oil
60g Brown Sugar
Few drops essential oils i.e. lavender, rose
To Make : Soften shea butter and coconut oil and beat together. Add the brown sugar and essential oils and thoroughly mix together.
Shower Scrub Bars :
55g Cocoa Butter
15g Shea Butter
14g Apricot Oil
100g Dead Sea Salt
10 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Rose essential oil
To Make : Melt the butters and beeswaz together. Add the aprcot oil. When cooled a bit add the essential oils and then add the dead sea salt. Do not have your ingredients to hot when adding the dead sea salt as it will start to melt! Pour into moulds and freeze. You can keep them in the freezer or fridge and just use one at a time.
Enjoy making your scrubs.
Diane - Aroma Natural xx