After a luxurious full body scrub while on a holiday in Sri Lanka, I’m completely hooked on exfoliating. I know, perhaps these are things that not everyone talks about. But how can you not want to tell the world after you’ve discovered a whole new meaning of smooth??
I’ve never had a body scrub treatment before – always opting for the more relaxing and potentially painless swedish massage. Not that I get treated to these that often anyway. However, after realizing that the body treatments at our hotel were only a fraction of the price you would pay in the States or even Europe, there was no reason not to give it a go. That and the amazingly delicious chilled lime tea they served. That was a deal breaker.
Since then, I have tried my best to replicate the results. I suppose having to apply this yourself in a hot and cramped shower is not exactly the equivalent of relaxing completely on a massage table and having a masseuse with perfectly soft hands do it for you. But hey, I’ll take what I can get!
I really like that this scrub is made from sugar as it slowly dissolves while you are in the shower. This means less clean up (yes, please!) and a much more gentle exfoliation (no red marks and stinging). Give it a try. I promise you will love your new body and I’m sure your partner will too. In fact, get him to try it too – theres enough to go around!
I used organic sugar and organic lemons for this. The lest pesticides and chemicals the better especially since your skin is so absorbent. I also used a mixture of oils. I absolutely love sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Both are very hydrating and softening but do take a while to absorb with the coconut oil being slightly heavier of the two. I also like a touch of jojoba oil which is very light and very absorbent. Rose Hip oil is also great for helping the healing process for scars and cuts and for aging skin, but a little goes a long way. You can mix and match based on your preferences and what you have in the house or just use one.
You will want about 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar. This also depends on your preferences – I dont like mine too oily!
1). Choose your oils (organic almond, organic coconut, jojoba, organic olive, rose hip oils are all great choices) and mix together in a small bowl.
2). Add in the sugar adding a bit more oil if things feel too dry. The last thing you want is for it all to crumble apart!
3). Add your scent or flavouring. I used lemon zest and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Lavender or Rose are also good options!
4). Apply in the shower! I like to apply with the shower turned off so it doesn’t all disappear right away. Be careful, the oils do make the floor super slippery!
5). Gently pat dry with a towel so you don’t rub off all the nourishing oils
Enjoy your super soft skin!