Wednesday, February 4, 2009

yummy sugar body and face scrub

This scrub will exfoliate your body and face without breaking you out. It feels amazing and smells delicious!

You will need:

Sugar (white or course can also mix the two)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Your choice of essential oil: The sky is the limit but here are a few that i have tried.

Lavender- The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and anti fungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema. Its very relaxing and known to help people sleep.

Peppermint-Peppermint oil contains Menthol, which is good for skin. It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin. Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature. It is also effective against anxiety and restlessness.

Tea Tree Oil- acne, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff,herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes (nappy rash), spots, verrucae, warts,wounds.

Lemon oil- balances overactive sebaceous glands that lead to oily or blemished skin, helps clear acne and controls oily hair and dandruff. It revitalizes underactive and mature skin and helps with cellulite by improving circulation and encouraging the elimination of wastes. Lemon oil encourages the exfoliation of dead skin and enlivens the complexion.Lemon oil is cooling, refreshing and uplifting. It encourages clarity, concentration and recall. It can calm or prevent emotional outbursts. It fights depression, eases fear, strengthens resolve and assists in communication and decision-making.

Orange oil-restores balance to dry or oily skin. It maintains healthy youthful skin by promoting the production of collagen.
. It reduces puffiness and discourages dry wrinkled skin. Orange oil stimulates circulation to the skin surface and softens rough skin. It also clears blemishes and improves acne-prone skin. It tends to increase perspiration, thus assisting the release of toxins from dull or blemished skin. Orange stimulates the circulation of lymphatic fluids and helps relieve tissue swelling and fluid retention. It improves cellulite, which is sometimes called orange-peel skin.

Take 1/2 cups of sugar and pour into a small jar with a lid. Pour EVOO into the jar until it covers the sugar. I usually pour close to a cup of the oil on top of the sugar. Then choose which ess oil you want to use and shake about 4 drops into the sugar/oil mixture. Then stir or shake until mixed well. You can add as little or as much of the ess oil as you like.

For a face scrub i like the lavender or tea tree oil and i just scrub softy all over my face and wash off with warm water.

For a body scrub i love how the peppermint makes me feel all tingly and wakes me up. I use it in the shower and just scrub as hard as i want. It feels so good on itchy skin. :) Then i wash it off but still feel so soft. I leave it in the shower or on the sink and it last for a long time. EVOO has been known to spoil though so toss out if it smells funny or looks different after a few weeks. Mine has never gone bad though so i wouldn't worry to much about it.

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