Sunday, 3 July 2011

Scrubs away!!!!!

Exfoliation is the removal of the deadest skin cells on the outermost layer of our skin, it is very important to exfoliate these dead skin cells to prevent them from building up on the surface creating acne and a dull complexion. And is great for skin rejuvination and the growth of new skin cells.
but why spend all your money on expensive spa packages when you can do them yourself at home using ingredients that are always available in our kitchens. you can even invite the girls over with a jug of sangria for a exfoliation spa day !!

All these exfoliation recipes are to be mixed and used the same day, we are using natural ingredients that don't have a shelf life and therefore have to be mixed and used on the same day. All the ingredients we are using in our exfoliation recipes are all ingredients you can easily purchase at a grocery store if there not already available in your kitchen. for best results try using all natural or organic.

This is probably the most common and easy recipe available. I'm always using the recipe at least once a week to exfoliate and I LOVE it!! Olive oil is great for your skin, hair and overall health and when mixed with the sugar it creates the perfect simple and effective scrub.
1 tsp sugar
1tsp Olive oil (thats it !! it's that simple)
Whisk together ingredients and massage all over your face and neck, rinse with warm water, pat face dry with a clean towel. and taadaa its that simple and the results are amazing.

Baking soda is considered a gentle exfoliator and is safe to use on sensitive skin.
add a little water to 1 tsp baking soda to make a paste. Massage gentley on your skin and leave on for about three minutes and rinse off.

This is very effective in treating black heads and nourishing your skin. Honey helps to reduce inflammation and redness and therefore is great for acne treatment. Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and has a slight acidity which gives an extra boost of exfoliation power. Honey is also a humectant which means it traps moisture and leaves your skin cleansed but not dried out.
mix 1 tsp of honey with 1tsp of plain yogurt. Spread and message on your face and leave on for 15 min. Rinse off with lukewarm water. this scrub is a bit messy but the results are worth it :)

This one is also a very common and effective scrub that is very easy and convenient. Again we have the sugar acting as our exfoliation agent, but lemon juice contains salicylic acid which help kills bacteria in the skin and leaves your skin cleansed and refreshed! I love this scrub as well i never thought lemon juice and sugar would work such wonders on your skin but it does!!
Using a cotton face pad soak the cotton pad with a couple drops of lemon juice just enough to get it moist but not soggy. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar onto the cotton pad as well and scrubs away!!!! using small circular motions. Be careful around the eye area as well this stuff doesn't feel good in the eye.

Yes I said it cucumber! Cucumber contains 96% water and is an excellent body hydrator. cucumbers contain lots of vitamins and minerals and have great health and beauty benefits.
For this mask you want to finely chop and mash 1/4 of a cucumber and mix it with 2 tbsp of plain yogurt in a bowl, mix to create a paste. Apply over your face and leave on for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry with clean dry towel.

mhmmm the only way to top a spa day with the girls is bringing the perfect drink into the mix. Sangria is a punch consisting of either red or white wine( i make mine with both) juice and fruit. you can choose any white or red you prefer and if your not a wine drinker I still encourage you to give this a try even people that hate wine have enjoyed this drink because it tastes like juice!
in a jug with ice mix in a bottle of red or white wine (or both)
next add the juice this can be any kind of juice I find orange juice works great!
thats pretty much your basic sangria however you can go even further and add fresh fruit slices and citrus slices. and if you want something with a little more to it you can also add soda water or sprite to give it a little extra something.
please remember to drink responsibly, if you have a little to much turn your spa day into a girls night in ;)

And there you have it ladies. So who needs to go spend all that money at a fancy spa when you can have just as good of a time at home with your girlies. There are hundreds of face mask and scrubs recipes available in books and on the internet.There are also many ingredients laying around your house that have great beauty benefits so get messy, try new things and have fun doing it :D Scrubs away everyone :D may your skin glow as bright as your hearts
xoxox Relish

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