Thursday, March 26, 2009

Recessionista Alert!

Did you know that you have the power to create your own spa-like beauty products at home? Yes dolls! Not only that, but these heavenly concoctions are found right in your kitchen. Our grandmothers were apparently ahead of their time. Back in the old days, (some of which are still practiced today) things like using olive oil on the skin as a moisturizer, to using cucumber slice
to reduce puffiness in the eyes were common. Today, many of the beauty products we use contain harmful chemicals, fragrance, and are tested on animals. Tap into your inner chemist, and have fun! Smile knowing that your being healthy while doing it!

For a fabulous body exfoliator, here is a recipe I have used for years:

Take 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of regular olive oil. Add two drops of your favorite essential oil. I personally love using Lavender for it's calming benefits, and aromatheraphy. Mix your ingredients, until you form a paste like consistency.
Now that you have your exfoliator ready, on DRY skin, start with your feet. Gently exfoliating your body with your heads. Work your way up in smooth motions towards your heart. Your not only sloughing away skin, but you are improving your circulation. Have someone help you with your back if possible. Next, rinse your skin. I promise cookies, you will gain the softest skin you have had in awhile.
Very important to remember, avoid your face, and neck as the sugar, and oil can irritate this delicate skin. Also, if you break out after exfoliating, this is normal, as you have sloughed away dead skin cells. What is left underneath, can spring forward but will dissapear in a couple of days.

Stay tuned gorgeous gals!