Body scrubs and facial masks
Using a homemade body scrub feels wonderful, and has many benefits for your skin and health.
Body scrubs are wonderful because they:
1. Remove the dead layer of cells on your skin’s surface, revealing the younger cells
beneath, and leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth.
2. Contain natural oils that moisturize and feed your skin.
3. Contain essential oils with aromatherapy properties. The scents help you to relax,
soothe, energize, or create a romantic mood.
Sugar is a natural humectant (retaining or preserving moisture), meaning it draws
moisture from the environment into the skin. When you apply products with sugar
or sugar derivatives, they’ll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.
Sea salts and Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, both commonly used in the beauty
industry, contain minerals that can help to enhance the skin. The magnesium in Epsom
salts can reduce inflammation, while sulfates flush out toxins, according to the
Epsom Salt Council. Sea salt, derived from evaporated seawater, is also chock full of
minerals beneficial to the skin. When mixed with a carrier oil, salt can breathe
new life into tired skin.
The abrasive action associated with salt/sugar scrubs invigorates the skin and helps
to improve circulation. Improved circulation gives skin a natural glow. Scrubs also help
to remove bacteria from the skin and unclog pores. Salt has antiseptic qualities, and
when applied to the skin it may help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation along with
any itching and pain associated with bacterial-related skin disease.