Homemade Exfoliant Goodness

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Who’s ready for spring/summer?!? I think we all are! 🙂 This winter has done a beating on my skin; and to hurry along warmer weather (at least in my mind, lol), I’m bringing the SPA to you! 🙂 Fontainebleau is one of Miami Beach’s top resorts, and these are recipes from the world famous Fontainebleau’s Lapis Spa! Each recipe simulates a service on their extensive spa menu, and each one is effortlessly attainable with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now!  Transform your pad into a Miami Beach spa, and let me know how you like it!  I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THEM ALL! Read on for step-by-step instructions, and have a killer and RELAXING weekend!

Pre-Summer Body Exfoliation (simulates Spalicious Body Scrub)

Skin softening natural all body exfoliating treatment

• Ingredients: ½ cup olive oil, ¾ cup fine sea salt and drops of your favorite aromatherapy oil. Keep in mind the oil selected should be specific to treatment goal – citrus is energizing – lavender relaxing – peppermint stimulating.

• Place all items in a bowl and blend together.

• Next, step into the shower and moisten the body – apply the blend by hand in circular motion or for increased exfoliation apply with loofah mitt or body brush.

• Rinse off thoroughly. Skin will feel smooth and soft and supple. For further hydration, apply body lotion directly to moist skin.

Pre-Summer Facial for Extra Dry Skin

Skin softening avocado mask for combination or dry skin

• Ingredients: ½ avocado, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The avocado and coconut oils work as an instant skin softener as the baking soda works as a mild exfoliator.

• Place all items in bowl and blend well together.

• Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

• Rinse off with warm water.

Foot Scrub for Dry Feet and Heels (simulates Foot Rehab Pedicure)

• Begin by soaking feet in ¼ cup baking soda to reduce inflammation and cleanse feet thoroughly for 10 minutes.

• Using a wet pumice stone rub heels thoroughly yet gently to remove dry callous.

• Next, apply coconut oil to feet.

• Finally, wrap feet in plastic and cover with soft socks for 30 minutes. The plastic and warmth will help the oil to soften the skin.

****Also, here are 7 more DIY scrubs that I snagged from www.chickrx.com! Enjoy!

Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee is good for more than just your morning wakeup. This scrub performs double duty by exfoliating while the caffeine in the coffee grounds may even help reduce the appearance of cellulite by plumping up your skin. If you check the labels, caffeine is actually in many of those crazy expensive cellulite creams. This, however, is a much cheaper way to discover if caffeine works as a treatment for you. No promises, but try it out.

Equal parts ground coffee and raw sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp sea salt

Mix the ground coffee with raw sugar and sea salt. Add the olive oil and coconut oil. And voila, coffee body scrub.

(Recipe chickrx.com and deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-mornin-coffee-scrub.html)

Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub

For a relaxing end to your day, draw yourself a nice warm bath and unwind with this soothing scrub. It’ll get you to your happy place in no time.

2 cups salt, kosher
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp lavender, culinary grade
3 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy. This scrub can also be applied to the more delicate neck and facial area (other scrubs, in general, though, are too harsh to use on your face or neck).

(Adapted recipe chickrx.com and  bettycrocker.com/recipes/diy-rosemary-lavender-salt-scrub/ab242ee3-c896-44a2-9a93-2ee4654f8959)

Daniela Ferri’s Go-To Body Scrub

Licensed Esthetician and acne specialist Daniela Ferri recommends using her easily customizable recipe to reveal your naturally lovely skin.

3/4 cup sugar in the raw
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup vegetable glycerin (check the vitamin section for this)
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 liquid castile soap (or 1/4 cup shampoo)
25 drops of your favorite essential oil (or 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice)

In a bowl, mix ingredients together well. After showering with your usual body wash, apply generously to your body especially concentrating on rough areas like knees and elbows. Rinse off and apply your favorite moisturizing body lotion post-shower.

Sunless Tanner Correcting Scrub

Have you applied sunless tanner without exfoliating first? Holy oompa loompa! To correct those dreaded dark orange patches, try this sunless-tanner fixer. Two go-to remedies for removing those pesky tangerine streaks are lemon and a great scrub. Lemons contain citric acid, a natural exfoliator, and also contain elements that cause bleaching (sunless tanner included). This recipe combines both sugar scrub and lemons.

5 cups white granulated sugar
2 cups olive oil
2 lemons
3 tbsp honey

Using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar with the olive oil. Slice lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the sugar olive oil mix. Add honey and mix just until combined. After a long soak in a warm bath, apply the scrub to trouble spots. Be careful not to scrub too hard and damage your skin, though! Rinse off. Follow up with a nice moisturizing body lotion.

(Recipe source:  neverlandnook.com/honey-lemon-sugar-scrub)

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint is not just for the holidays. Scrubbing down with this recipe will make you feel refreshed and invigorated–not to mention it’s delightfully pink.

2 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup almond oil or coconut oil
Peppermint essential oil
Raspberry/pomegranate juice or red food coloring

Slowly mix almond or coconut oil into the granulated sugar. If you feel like there doesn’t seem to be enough oil, you can add more, but don’t overdo it and let the mixture get too oily. Add a few drops of peppermint oil until it reaches your desired scent. To get the pink color, add a few drops of red food coloring, or for a natural take, you can add drops of raspberry or pomegranate juice. Mix together until color is uniform throughout (don’t worry, it won’t be enough to dye your skin!).

(Recipe source chickrx.com and theidearoom.net/2012/11/peppermint-candy-cane-sugar-scrub)

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

If you’re sensitive to strongly scented products, this natural, simple sugar scrub is the way to go. The delicate scent of the vanilla extract and almond oil will hardly trigger any sensitive noses or smell-induced migraines.

2 1/2 cups sugar in the raw
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
4-5 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond oil

In a bowl, mix together the sugar in the raw and the white granulated sugar. Add in the vanilla extract and almond oil and mix well.

(Recipe source: chickrx.com and heygorg.com/2012/04/diy-body-scrub-favor.html)

Create Your Body Scrub

Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipes and create your own signature scrub. Stick to two core ingredients (granulated sugar and olive oil), and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and Voilà!

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