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Hey chicken skin. I have what? Keratosis Pilaris.

Most likely you, or someone you know has Keratosis Pilaris (KP). In fact, it is estimated that 50% of all adults have KP, while the percentage skyrockets for children and teens (80%). Here are a few photos of my own patients that I have taken over the years. All of these are KP – none of them are acne.

kp3 KP – right side of face (female)

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KP – elbow (male)

 

kp2 KP, dark skin tone, back of arm (male)

kp4 KP, back of arm (female)

 What is keratosis pilaris (KP)?  The bumps you see are excess protein (called keratin)—that have filled the hair follicle because the skin cannot properly shed the dead skin cells covering the follicle.  (This process also occurs in acne, which is why both conditions are so common in adolescence.)  The bumps can become inflamed, itchy, and irritated when dry or dehydrated. KP is identified by the accumulation of little bumps on your skin induced by the accretion of keratin inside the trapped hair follicles creating a plug. Often, when I use this explanation, clients will exclaim “but I don’t have hair on the back of my arms!” Yes, you do. It’s normally very fine and blonde or white – but if KP is present, the hair can’t break through the follicle (hence some of the problem). Before we begin with how to tame KP skin – understand that KP is a very common skin condition that is almost always problematic aesthetically, but poses no threat clinically and is not contagious. Often, KP does not require medical treatment, but it can be embarrassing – and is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions.   The most common sites for KP are the backs of the arms and upper thighs, however – I have seen adolescents with KP on their forehead and on their cheeks, and on a toddlers trunk. It can look like fleshy bumps, bumps that appear to be whiteheads that never surface, when exfoliated often what comes out of the skin is described as “little seeds”, or the bumps can be in red/purple patches that are dry and somewhat irritated. Keratosis pilaris is often misdiagnosed as a rash, dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or eczema. While most people with KP will not need to see a dermatologist for a medical treatment for KP, I think it is a good idea to have a professional diagnosis, especially when a bothersome skin condition does not respond to suggested home remedies or persists longer that two weeks. There are many offices that have products that come in kits for KP that can be pricey and often do not work. Before attempting over-priced harsh, “one size fits all” kits, let’s go over what to do – and , more importantly – what not to do. Here are some facts, tips and tricks to deal with KP:

  • Keratosis pilaris is hereditary (inherited as an autosomal dominant gene.) This is similar to the brown versus blue eye color phenomenon. All it takes is one single gene from either parent to find oneself with less than perfectly smooth skin. But not everyone can point a finger at who’s to blame since on average, only 40% of KP patients have a positive family history. Therefore, if no one in your family has ever had KP, my next question would be related to your diet. Not every case, but in many cases, I have found that if clients eliminate wheat and dairy from their diet, their KP will disappear. You do not have to be diagnosed as having Celiac disease in order to suffer with side-effects from these food choices. It’s worth a try, right? It also will most definitely make you feel better. You’re skin will glow!Even if you don’t have obvious digestive problems, if you suffer from skin conditions, allergies, weakened immune system, or even psychological imbalance – it is very likely linked to a digestive weakness and/or gut flora imbalance. This can be due to a chronically poor diet, a period of high stress, or even as little as a single course of antibiotics at some point in your life. “Healing your gut” is usually not a quick and easy process, but something that you cultivate over time. I know there are some of you reading this blog and the very second you see “eat better, stop eating junk food” the sound of the teacher talking on the Peanuts plays in your head (the trombony “whaa-whaa-whaa”). Well, it’s the truth. If you have to hear it – it might as well be from me. Anyone who knows my story, knows that I was hospitalized in 1996 for 42 days, and darn-near died as a result. I had gut issues (misdiagnosed, like, forever) and as a result of the exploratory surgical procedures – ended up with chronic pancreatitis complicated with pancreatic pseudocysts (those buggers can and will try to kill you!)  It wasn’t until many years later I discovered I was one of the 3 patients who survived the clinical study I didn’t know I was in. That’s right, 7 of my clinical study participants died. Let me tell you how horrible my skin looked, then!  I know many of my clients see me regularly because I am one of the few (perhaps the only?) skincare professional in the area who will not try to sell you a skincare product line that costs as much as your mortgage. Yes, I do use some products (when needed), but there are few. (See products on right side bar of this blog). In addition, I have been told, I am the only professional that will also let you know that I will not take your money under the guise of making you feel better about yourself if your skin would just clear up – when, you are a smoker with no intentions of quitting, someone who will never eat a balanced whole food diet, or who will never exercise. My laser is a laser. It targets chromophores in your skin. It is not a magic wand. It will not make you look better than you ever have. If someone is selling you that, run. Don’t walk. (see, you can get moving!). Will I work with you? Yes. Baby steps are okay. Sometimes it’s a mysterious puzzle, but with honesty and teamwork – it can be done.

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  • While we’re on the subject of diet – eat vitamin-C rich foods every day. Yes, you could take a supplement, but it seems much more logical to me to eat several servings of Vitamin – C rich in season fruits each day.  In general, Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation, helps  maintain the integrity of skin tissue, and counteracts free radicals which produces inflammation throughout the body. Specifically with KP, adequate Vitamin C can reduce redness and inflammation and prevent common ingrown hairs. Let us eat oranges! For other ideas and easy to follow recipes (and for juice loving clients), visit Rachel Holder’s blog by clicking here. The recipe that I juice at least twice a week for great looking skin can be found on her blog here.

 

  • If you have KP, it is quite possible that you are not getting enough Vitamin A. Without adequate amounts of this fat-soluble vitamin, skin cells begin to excrete an excess of keratin creating dry, rough, scaly bumps. Many clients think that they can get vitamin A from eating foods like carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Although it is quite helpful,  it’s equally important to understand that carotene in plant foods will probably not provide adequate daily vitamin A alone. It’s true that beta carotenes can be converted to vitamin A in your body once they make it into your blood, but beta carotenes are not always absorbed efficiently.  Taking true vitamin A as a supplement can also be dangerous since vitamin A toxicity is also a risk. That brings us to liver. The kind you eat. Liver is the best source of naturally occuring vitamin A. If you are in the minority of those who like liver – that is awesome! Eat it twice a week.This brings us to liver. Liver is far and away the best source of naturally occurring vitamin A. If you are in the small minority that like liver, great!  Eat it at least 1-2 times per week. If not, find some local farm ground beef/liver blend and sneak it into your spaghetti meat sauce or burgers. Baby steps.  If you simply can’t fathom the taste you can try cod liver oil capsules or dessicated liver capsules.
  • Coconut Oil. Just buy it. Then, use it. While It seems like the cycle of trying really hard to convince others that coconut oil is a wonder food (and it is) is cycling back around, some clients hear this and immediately say “I hate the way oil feels on my skin!” or “I have acne, there is no way I am adding OIL to my skin”. While I admit, it can feel a little strange to be carrying around a product that promotes itself as DELICIOUS IN COCONUT CAJUN SHRIMP recipes into the shower, and on an airplane – it works. Plain and simple. Personally, I do not like fragrance that makes me smell like food – coconut oil doesn’t smell overly coconut-ty, but it doesn’t smell bad either. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but liquefies almost immediately with the warmth of your hands. It absorbs really fast, so for oily feeling haters – there will be minimal “EW EW EW GET IT OFF ME” feelings to deal with. Simply take a shower and immediately after wrapping your wet hair up, apply to your skin. Allowing your skin to air dry is best, but if you are in a time crunch, lightly pat dry with a clean towel and apply coconut oil. In minutes your skin will absorb the oil. It will not leave any residue or stain clothing. Although this is not a clinical treatment – there is REAL science to this. Coconut oil (unlike all other oils) can actually penetrate tiny hair shafts and deliver it’s protein rich goodness to your congested hair follicle. This alone creates a natural inside-out exfoliation process. You should see amazing results within one week of daily use. I have used this product for years. It’s cheap. It comes in enormous jars – and it works. Not only does it work, but in a pinch, I can eat it too? This is skin-care product perfection in my eyes.

 

  • Use a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom each night. KP is a chronic dry skin problem and the extra hydration in the air from the humidifier will provide extra insurance that your skin needs. Less moisturizing product will be needed too.  Be sure to clean your humidifier daily to avoid the buildup of molds and bacteria.  It sounds like a lot of work, but your skin will thank you.
  • For teens and adults: schedule a glycolic peel with a professional. Let’s talk about this for a minute. There are many, MANY wonderful day spas in my town that do a fantastic job. They will pamper you until your heart is complete. What they can’t do is use clinical grade peels. Often, my clients will text and tell me where they are and want to know what service they can have. I not only welcome this – I love it! It would be a better choice to have a glyocolic peel if you have KP, but the percentage non-medical spas are allowed will not be high enough to treat KP. Again, not harming is the best choice when you can’t treat.  Next, there are many MANY med-spa’s or dermatology clinics that have sold out, or given in to “insert popular name skin care line here” and only sell those lines. Often, they are full of many chemicals, fillers and preservatives that are not good for all skin (or any skin) – and man, are they expensive! Personally, I use peels with one ingredient. Glycolic acid. If I want a compound, (for example – treating KP AND Acne) – I’ll call a professional. I am fortunate that I have excellent compounding Pharmacists here in my community at Reeves-Sain that will create individualized products as requested. (note: these are prescribed products that require a Physician’s request. All of my peels are cleared through my MD/Medical director). It is always a bonus if I have to pick up the compound because very close to the pharmacy is the (insert glory music) – homemade milkshake counter. Coffee milkshake from Reeves-Sain, yes, please!

 

  • Ages 15 and over: Often, if KP is resistant to treatment and there are no “seeds” inside the bumps, and you want a faster route to clear skin – laser hair removal works extremely well. Even if the hair isn’t visible, there is still keratin (or color) in the stem cell of the hair follicle. Laser targets this and most often with one treatment the signs of KP are largely reduced. Since our goal is not hair removal itself, a series of treatments is not necessary. KP is not “curable” therefore, flare-ups can be treated as needed.

 

  • If you have had KP for a very long time and the skin is greatly discolored (red/purple) where the bumps were – one treatment of            combined laser genesis and IPL will take the awful reminder away.  This pain-free laser treatment is fantastic for reducing the signs of lingering KP.

 

Have KP? What not to do:

  • Do not give in to the temptation of using your foaming body wash or harsh scrubs to sandblast the problem with loofahs.  It won’t do anything but make it worse. Any foaming scrub will dry out the skin. Drying out the skin is counter-productive for KP taming. If you simply can’t give them up, look for one that contains rounded beads instead of seeds or nut shells.  Jojoba beads will be your best choice if you like physical exfoliants.  (However, don’t be confused – these washes and scrubs are not treatments suggested for KP, they just won’t aggravate KP and make it worse.)

 

  • Do not use your acne medication on areas with KP: this build up of keratin appears very similar to acne, but it’s important to understand that they are not the same animal and must be tamed differently. Overproduction of sebum (oil) is what complicates the treatment of acne, and most of the products available are very drying.  Using acne treatments that include benzoyl peroxide or sulfur on KP skin that is aggravated by any sort of dehydration or dryness is just a bad idea.  Moisturizing acneic skin commonly causes issues, while it is the first step in treating keratosis pilaris. Efforts to treat KP at home are often futile and can bring about unwanted complications when incorrectly using the wrong products.

 

  • Avoid hot water and bar soaps, as these are drying to the skin. Perfumed body products can also cause trouble, so if you love them, try to only use them on special occasions. If you simply love the perfumed lotion you use, try diluting it with an unscented lotion (mix 50% your lotion to 50% unscented lotion). I like CeraVe. It is available at Target, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart and online on Amazon. In my area, Walgreen’s often has a special on CeraVe products and this moisturizer is one of the products in my must have arsenal at all times. Because I work in the medical field, excessive hand-washing during the dry/cold months can cause chapped hands. This lotion is the one I have found works the best. It also plays well with others – so, if I have a liquid foundation or tinted sunscreen that is slightly too dark for my skin tone, I can add CeraVe to it for added moisture and to tone down the color.

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  • Avoid tight clothing.  This is especially important during sleep.  For the guys, if KP is a problem – try boxers versus briefs.

 

  • If you are a soaking bath lover, try adding powdered milk and a few drops of a non comedogenic oil (like safflower!) to your bath water instead of foaming bubble bath that will dry out your skin. (FINALLY, a good use for that awful powdered milk my Aunt used to buy).

In summary, although KP rarely requires medical treatment, I have found that many cases are often misdiagnosed as acne – especially in the teenage population. Often, teens or parents of teens will seek treatment due to embarrassment surrounding acne eruptions, and the fear of scarring. KP is most commonly misdiagnosed as body acne that will not respond to treatment.  In many cases, acne treatments that are designed to dry out the skin, make KP considerably worse. Sometimes KP also appears on the lower part of the forehead—near and in between the eyebrows.  When found on the face, it is often confused with acne because the bumps resemble whiteheads.  Many of my clients have complained that there are no products available for “their” acne accompanied by dry skin—only to find out that they had KP all along, not acne.  This is why I always recommend that you be on the lookout when “your acne” doesn’t act like typical acne.   Once you have a KP diagnosis – there you have it! Ditch the junk, heal your gut/metabolism, eat oranges and liver…so long chicken skin!

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Homemade sunscreen? Yes, please.

always wear sunscreen Hello everyone! (Especially those out there in blogland who have sent messages requesting a sunscreen recipe!). Sorry for the delay…I traveled last week to Denver to speak at the 22d annual ADAM Conference. I had two presentations, one on OSHA and laser safety and another on Marketing the Aesthetic practice. I met and/or got back in touch with some amazing people in the industry and I am always encouraged to see that there are great things happening in the field.

Back in Murfreesboro,  and back on point. Like I told the attendees at this years conference, I have found that the most success in marketing comes from marketing your own services, and much less from spending time marketing others products that have a high cost of goods sold (no profit margin, and no pay to promote someone else’s brand). We all know who they are. As a young professional, it made me crazy to spend time and money to promote other companies products. Then, as I grew professionally and gained a decade plus of experience actually treating skin, I found what alarmed me most were the ingredients in these products. My, my, my – clearly the FDA would never allow products with carcinogens (cancer causing) to be sold in the USA, right? Wrong! In fact, some of the ingredients in a well known retail line are banned in all European countries. Here’s a couple of hints: if you are told you need 6-8 steps for skincare, twice a day, every day – for the rest of your life. NO you don’t. If the same product line recommends a physical sunblock to be worn everyday after using their products, you should be concerned. You only need this because after using these products, your skin is in fact – more sensitive to light. Now, that’s scary!

So, what do you use? Well, for starters there are many oils and other natural ingredients that provide sun protection.  While most of these offer very low amounts of protection on their own, when added to your homemade sunscreen they nourish the skin and offer additional protection against the effects of excessive sun.

Shea butter – naturally protects the skin, making it absolutely perfect for use in a DIY sunscreen.

Coconut oil – contains natural SPF properties, and is available locally at Epicurean Olive Oil 

Take your pick from these oils: Jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil – each one of these oils are easily absorbed into the skin and also provide natural sun protection. I like Jojoba oil for skin, but have also used sesame oil from Epicurean as well.

Vitamin E oil -is a natural preservative as well as nourishes and moisturizes skin. If you skip this ingredient, your sunscreen will most likely not be good for more than 2 weeks. With it – expect a 6 month shelf life.

Eucalyptus & lavender essential oils are very popular in DIY sunscreens  eucalyptus has a very low natural SPF and lavender is great for soothing and repairing skin. In my last batch, I used tea tree oil because of it’s amazing antibacterial/antifungal properties, as well as the fact that it is a natural bug repellent. For whatever reason, my kids and I attract bug bites. Almost any essential oil is okay, except – DO NOT use Citrus essential oils! Citrus essential oils will increase sensitivity to light.

Zinc oxide (non nano)  a powder form non-toxic, non-irritating, and very effective broad spectrum sunblock. The particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, reflecting, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays, protecting your skin. Be sure to use non nano zinc oxide to DIY your homemade sunscreen.

Important disclaimer: Nano or micronized zinc oxide has been treated to reduce the size of its particles, creating an ultrafine powder. We like it because when it is added to sunscreens it does not leave a white film on the skin. The problem with this is that the particles are so small they can enter the body through the skin, causing potential health problems. So, be sure to purchase a non nano zinc oxide that has particle sizes as large as possible. (I use 330nm). You must resist the urge to smell it when you get it the first time. I know how women, especially Mom’s are! This is a respiratory risk and this risk disappears as soon as it is mixed into a liquid. It is safe to be applied to the skin, but not to inhale! 

How to get the desired SPF

Different amounts of zinc oxide are needed depending on what SPF you want. Once you have chosen the SPF a little math is involved. The zinc oxide must be a certain percentage of the weight of your ingredients (before adding the zinc oxide). For this reason, it’s easiest to use a kitchen scale when making your sunscreen. For example, if you have 2 ounces of lotion and you’d like to make SPF 10 sunscreen, according to the values below you will need to add .2 ounces of zinc oxide to the lotion. Use the zinc oxide recommendations below.

SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide

SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide

SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 0.8 oz. shea butter
  • 0.1 oz. jojoba
  • 0.1 oz. Vitamin E oil
  • 30 drops essential oils, optional – I used 15 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 tea tree
  • zinc oxide powder (I use .8 ounces to get an spf 40)

Directions:

Add coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil to a double boiler. Heat gently until the shea butter melts. Remove from the double boiler and allow to cool.  Add zinc oxide, Vitamin E oil, and optional essential oils to the other ingredients. Stir well to combine.  At this point, you can store it in a dark colored jar in the refrigerator, OR – pour into shaped soap forms (this is the method I use). I allow them to harden, pop them out and then wrap them in wax paper and store in the fridge. I like this because you can take one out for each use needed. To use, hold in hands and as it warms up it will soften into a lotion.   (Ice cube trays work great too).

 

Here’s another hint: if you purchase zinc oxide, you can add the powder to any favorite lotion and turn it into a sunscreen!

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DIY Body scrubs – and what you need to know

First, what an amazing week we have had at About Face. I have the pleasure of gifting $20 for each new client referral to my favorite non-profit, Clinton’s Club, in honor of the referring client – in a pay-it-forward random act of kindness. To learn more about Clinton’s Club, visit (www.clintonsclub.org). This week, I wrote a check for $60! These $60-$80 a week donations do not sound like much, but it means the world to local pediatric cancer families when they are faced with the choice of paying utilities when they need every penny to travel to treatments. Thank-YOU.

My goal is to use this blog space for sharing DIY treatments, tips and a few of my favorite things. Most importantly, as a resource that we can all refer back to when needed. After 16 years of working in women’s healthcare and/or medical aesthetics, there really isn’t much I haven’t seen or heard – really. If you have a question or need a solution – post it here, or utilize the contact us page and send a note if you would like to remain anonymous. I will address common skin care concerns and easy fixes for any concern. Before we get to the “good stuff” about body exfoliation, remember there is already good stuff posted on the side bar to the right. Under products, you’ll find retail products that I endorse, and where to find them. If you have not “liked” the About Face facebook page, be sure to check it out – there are recipes, tips and treasures there, too. I am blessed with amazing clients, who are not only friends – but who often weave webs of support to and for each other. I have felt for many years that it was time to get back to basics and ensure that sense of “small community” even in larger cities and towns. Most, but not all (shout-out to my male clients!) are women, and these are not ordinary women! Amazing. Supportive. Beautiful.

I am told that my skincare and anti-aging philosophy and treatments are unique. I can assure you I am not the treatment provider with the most clients ever, but, I tend to not lose clients either. When you read the product tab to the right, you’ll find I’m not a product junky – and often make most of my personal treatments in a DIY fashion. Good skin care does not have to be expensive! Of course, there are always vacations and “excursion plurges” spa treatments, and that’s okay, but the truth of the matter is – the best relationships – are consistent relationships. Not a day (or even an hour!) goes by where a client hasn’t emailed, facebook”ed”, or texted a question or a “what is going on with this plus 30 acne”? Most start out like this…”I am at _______ spa and they want to do a ________ on me. Can I do that”? If it’s no, it’s no! But, we’ll go through their menu of services and select something that can be fun, pampering – even therapeutic – without wrecking your face (and my work!). I can’t even begin to describe the amount of dollars that have been saved with this practice. I get to know your skin, your lifestyle – and I’ve been trained on how your particular skin type will age. If you don’t think there are places out there that will perform treatments that in fact, age your skin by 10 years – think again. Be careful! Knowing what to do is important, but knowing what not to do is as equally important.

Now on to the really good stuff. This weekend is body exfoliation recipe weekend around here. If you have an appointment this week, you’ll leave with a take home of this fantastic stuff!

Body exfoliation.

You’re doing this right? I’m sure you’ve all had a pedicure before and have experienced actual weight loss with all the skin that can be removed from your feet. Right? Phew. Well, many clients make the mistake of ignoring their body. Please don’t. There is nothing worse than the line of demarcation that appears when the face is glowing and the body looks 15 years older. So – why? How?

Rid thy waste!

Skin is a major organ of elimination just like the kidneys and colon discarding more than one pound of waste every day.
If the skin’s pores become choked by billions of dead skin cells,  uric acid and other impurities will begin to build up in the body. When this occurs, the other eliminative organs such as the kidneys and the liver have to increase their workload and can become overworked.

Cellulite. Everyone has some. Even the perfect bodies. You can very easily assist the elimination of cellulite by brushing your body with a pure natural bristled brush in just 5 minutes a day. Dry body brushing increases circulation, improves metabolism, eliminates dead skin cells, and helps the body”s natural detoxification process. Each morning, gently brush your skin in small circular patterns, especially in the areas where cellulite appear. Some of us with sluggish lymphatic systems can stimulate both lymph and blood circulation to remove any impurities from under the skin’s surface. This manual process encourages the reduction on the appearance of cellulite by breaking up fatty deposits underneath the skin’s surface i in addition to decongesting all the systems of the body. After several days you will begin to notice that your skin feels softer and the texture much more even. Good-bye orange peel!  Bonus: body brushing is also an excellent remedy for ingrown hair.

The best method
Use your body brush on dry skin only. Begin at the soles of your feet and continue working up the front and back of the legs in an upward direction towards the heart using long, gentle sweeping strokes. (Do not work head to toe, or you’ll risk pooling of fluids at the ankles). The pressure should be invigorating, but not uncomfortable at all. Move on to the hands and arms including the tummy and back but do not brush over your face and chest. Finish with your neck and scalp. There are several essential oils that naturally increase circulation. These are: juniper, geranium, ginger, lavender, and rosemary. If you dry brush for several days and feel like you need a boost, add a few drops of one of the above oils to the bristles of your brush and start brushing!

DIY kick-start body exfoliation

Let’s say, it’s been a while since you’ve exfoliated any area of your body above your ankles and below your neck, in – a very long time. Let’s not break out the oscillating sander from the garage or work shop just yet. Start with an easy to make (with stuff already in most kitchens) full body scrub in your shower. The recipe below is my absolute favorite! It leaves the skin incredibly soft and smooth and smells amazing! This one can be a little messy–so be prepared to wipe down your shower/tub afterwards.

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar

2 cups of ground coffee (I use freshly ground from coffee beans because they are coarser, but for my reuse & re-purpose fans, you absolutely may also use previously brewed coffee grounds – (just know the scrub will be a smoother consistency).
1/2 cup brown sugar (if you like a more coarse scrub – brown sugar in the raw is a good choice too)
3 tbsp. Coconut or Grapeseed oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: 

Combine all of the ingredients with oil always last and mix well. That’s it. Store in an air tight container (for up to one month, but best to make just before needed).

To use: 

I use loofah gloves for this. Lightly rinse your body. Apply scrub to your body using loofah gloves in the same method as dry brushing (toe to head) and massage into your skin. For more calloused areas (feet, elbows) slightly more pressure is okay. Once I am covered toe to neck, I remove the gloves and rinse them off. I allow the scrub to stay in place while I shampoo and condition my hair. I then put the gloves back on and rinse the scrub off. I use the gloves to nudge any product down the drain and throw the gloves in the wash. (I always use bleach on my gloves, but I do not think this is necessary). In addition, many clients opt to not put one towel through the dryer (or washer with liquid) fabric softener. This leaves the towel not as soft and helps slough skin off while drying. Good client offered tip!

Why coffee?

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Coffee body scrubs are beneficial since they help eradicate cellulite when the caffeine in them comes into contact with the surface of the skin. The coffee grounds improve circulation as the caffeine draws out unneeded fluids on a cellular level. The orange peel look is congested fat cells that harden over time. Caffeine helps redistribute fat cells, making them easier to flush out through the lymphatics. and decrease the formation of more cellulite.

Body Scrub ingredients for different skin types:

This coffee scrub can also be made using coarse sea salt instead of sugar. There really is not a wrong choice – just a more qualified choice for specific skin types. Very oily skin or skin prone to acne should use salt versus sugar in their scrub. If you have skin prone to acne, do not shave prior to using the salt version (ouch!). All other skin types may use sugar. If you are prone to broken blood vessels, I suggest using the softer ingredients (even grinding the sugars and coffee grounds).

I have figured that this scrub costs about $2 per treatment. Have you ever purchased a body scrub? Most retailers charge between $18-$40 for the take home product and $100-$150 for an in-spa body treatment using the same ingredients. Save those dollars for laser!

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