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DIY Body scrubs – and what you need to know

on March 2, 2014

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?

coffeebrownsugarscrub

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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