Try a DIY scrub
Why not prepare your body for warmer weather with a DIY scrub.
As we start thinking about packing away our winter boots and tights, the pressure is on to produce perfectly preened limbs. This week we look at making our own exfoliating scrubs to whip our body into shape for skirts and shorts. So why are scrubs such an important part of our beauty regime?
“Besides exfoliating and leaving the skin smoother using a body scrub improves circulation,” renowned facialist Katherine Jackson told Cover Media. “It is useful to do this before giving the skin a moisturising treatment. It's important to use a scrub prior to using self-tan and spray tan to get an even and longer lasting coverage.
“I recommend doing a small patch test to make sure the scrub used is not too harsh for the skin, and also avoid rubbing too hard.”
Whipping up a DIY scrub takes only a few minutes and is often cheaper than buying a readymade one. Denise Rabor, International Make Up Artist and founder of WOW Beauty, is a fan of creating homemade treatments and has given us some useful tips.
“Of course you can buy a ready-made scrub, but it's really easy to make your own too,” Denise told Cover Media. “Most scrubs are made with salt or sugar as a base, and there are a few that are made from ground seeds like walnut.”
If you are looking for an energy boost along with an exfoliation, try Denise’s Invigorating Body Scrub. Just mix the ingredients listed below together before you jump into the shower.
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of sweet almond oil or coconut oil
1 teaspoon of grapefruit oil
4 teaspoons of grapefruit juice
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil
Denise believes your skin type should determine how to best use a body scrub. “Anyone with normal skin should massage the scrub into skin before a bath or shower using a circular motion,” she explained. “If you have very dry skin, use after bathing, and then rinse off, which will leave your skin feeling very soft, smooth and moisturised.”
If parched skin is in need of extra nourishment, you can add some vitamin E oil to the mixture.