President Obama banned microbeads… (yay!). Ive never understood why people would scrub their skin with plastic anyway…
I’m particular about the products I use on my skin. I’ve learned from my dear friends at Booda, Booda Organics: “Over the course of a lifetime, you will absorb about 35 pounds through your skin. So, don’t put anything ON your body that you wouldn’t put IN your body”. Solid advice from healthy, smart women.
As a result, my favorite, and most effective full-body skin care products come from my kitchen. Let me share a product that’s changed my life: a body scrub. At 40+ years old… I can tell you, my skin has felt so amazing!
This salt scrub should be gently massaged into the skin 1-2x week, or more often, if you’d like: on your elbows, knees, ankles and (most of all) your feet.
A scrub will gently exfoliate dead skin cells layers, to keep your skin fresh and vibrant, and my favorite scrub has only two simple ingredients: sea salt and coconut oil. (If you want to try a more special scrub – try Celtic Sea Salt).
Salt naturally absorbs the toxins from the skin, and it’s s rich with ocean minerals. Allowing the minerals to absorb is a smart way to detox, as well as offer nutrients to your body’s largest (and often very visible) organ, the skin. Salts are available in different sized grinds. Test out different salt textures, and experiment by mixing textures – to create your unique recipe, keeping in mind that a fine grind will feel more gentle on sensitive skin.
Coconut oil is a delicious smelling, non-greasy, and easily absorbing natural moisturizer. Coconut oil is full of antioxidants which protects your skin from free radicals and aging. You’ll find that it liquifies in warmer temperatures, and will harden into a soap-bar texture in cooler temperatures.
In a wide-mouth mason jar, combine:
1 Cup of Sea Salt
3/4 Cup of organic coconut oil (if your home is cool, and the oil has solidified, you may need to melt it first. Use low heat.)
Mix well with a spoon.
You may want to add a bit more of each ingredient to find a paste texture that suits your personal preference. Tweak the the consistency to what you most prefer when in the shower or bath. It’s your recipe – so make it perfect for you!
Of course, I love surrounding myself with luscious scent – so I’ll scent each mix based on my moods. My favourite is a few dashes of cinnamon oil – “considered to be anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and an immune-stimulant to name a few healing properties.”
ENJOY! Scrubbing your skin should be performed, energetically, with care and respect. Be firm, yet kind. Take good care of you!