Do you have dry, flaky skin? It's common when the seasons are changing. Especially when Winter approaches, requiring us to turn on the furnace, we experience an increase in dry, itchy skin.
Dry skin is almost always just dead skin cells sloughing away or needing to be removed because we are shedding our top layer of skin every second of every day. The medical term for the process of cell turnover is "desquamation" (des-kwa-MA-shun) and it's a completely natural process in which skin cells are created, sloughed away and replaced. In a 24 hour period you shed a million dead skin cells!
Helping remove that flaky top layer of skin is what is referred to in the beauty industry as "exfoliation" and it's the magic ticket to glowing skin. The billion dollar cosemetic industry does not want you to figure out that there is no industry secret, or complicated ritual, or expensive product required to exfoliate. To speed up cell turn over and eliminate that flaky skin any gentle mechanical force, such as a washcloth or bath brush will get the job done. Salt and sugar scrubs are very popular for this reason.
Products, like salt and sugar scrubs are lovely. I happen to be a product junkie, but it's because I am a scent junkie, not because I think I "need" a product to exfoliate. I am also a lover of bathing rituals and gorgeous scents transport me to my happy place. I treat myself to products that I can't resist because, well, I deserve it.
My 3-in-1 Salt Scrub Bars exfoliate in addition to cleansing and they laying down a conditioning lather, but this simple DIY salt scrub will work just fine, too:1/4 cup fine grain Dead Sea salt or sugar
1/4 cup of a light oil such as sunflower or sweet almond
5 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice. I love grapefruit and peppermint. (Uh-hum, careful with peppermint essential oil near your lady-parts)
Place the salt or sugar in a bowl, add the oil, whisk to combine. Add the essential oil. Place this mixture in a plastic bowl (you dont want to accidentally break a glass container in the shower) and jump in the shower. Wet your body head to toe, turn off the water, scoop up the salt scrub into your palms and work it into your skin in a circular motion. Rinse. Careful, your shower floor might be slippery.
What's your favorite bathing ritual?