January 19, 2013

Beauty Bar: Food On Your Face 2

This week we continue with recession proof beauty tips with exfoliation and we focus on your body.

The Body

Exfoliation should start from the feet and move upwards, and be done in circular motion to improve blood circulation.  Gloves and loofahs are a great way to exfoliate the body, but are too harsh for the skin.

Body Brushing
This is an easy and inexpensive way of stimulating your circulation and lymphatic system, helping to eliminate toxins and reduces cellulite, scars and the appearance of stretch marks. Body brushing should be done every morning and before tanning products are applied for the best results.  
With a brush on one hand and a glove on the other, use long or circular strokes, massage the skin and extremities towards your heart from the feet up and the neck and arms down.  Your skin may redden and start tingling as the body brushing increases the circulation in areas of greatest fat concentration. How firmly you press depends on how toned your skin and body are. Brush gently and easily at first. Your skin will soon become fitter and more toned. Soon you can brush more vigorously with even better results.

Soak feet in basin of warm water and a cup of milk for 30 minutes before getting into the shower to soften hard skin. To eliminate rough spots and calluses use a pumice stone with every wash.  For a granular exfoliate, mix maize meal and milk to form a paste and scrub.

Before jumping into the shower you should body brush and soak you feet. Once in the shower apply a cleanser onto gloves or loofah and apply in circular motion from the feet moving upwards. Rinse off with lukewarm water.  Use a pumice stone on your feet. When done take the coldest shower you can stand and apply shower gel to soften your skin. Exfoliating can leave skin feeling dry, so its important to moisturize the skin afterwards.

Body Scrub Recipes at home

Sugar/Salt Spa Body Scrub
·         1 cup granulated sugar (or sea salt)
·         1/2 cup oil (almond or virgin organic olive oil is best, but any vegetable oil may be used)
1.       Mix the sugar and oil until well blended.
2.       Apply the mix to wet skin with hands, washcloth, loofah, sponge or bath glove, gently rubbing in a circular manner.

Baking Soda Scrub
·         2 tablespoons Baking soda
·         Water
1.       Combine the ingredients to form your scrub. .
2.       Apply the scrub with a wash cloth, gently massaging the skin as you scrub. Start with your feet and move upwards in circular motion.

Do not exfoliate skin that:
·      Has a skin rash
·      Is sunburned
·      Has any abrasions or scraped.

Tip: Over exfoliation leads to dry and irritated skin.                                                                                         

Glamorously Yours,

Khadijah                                                                                                                                                          Beauty Specialist

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