How to target bumps, flakes, and dry patches with a dual-action body scrub and body butter routinePosted on October 8, 2019 Written by: 100% PURE®
As days in the sun slowly become nights by the fireplace, we like to refocus on quality skin care by introducing more intention into our routines. What makes you feel cared for? What kind of pampering practices could keep your skin feeling happy and healthy?
Hot Girl Summer was fun, but if we’re not careful, cold autumn weather could quickly bring on Flaky Skin Fall. Below we’re sharing the best ways to avoid dry skin all over the body, and how to make supple and gorgeous (cold weather) skin a reality.
What’s soft, smooth, and glowing all over? The answer is YOU, after treating yourself to a full body exfoliation. Skin needs a little extra love to slough the dull, dead surface cells away – and body scrubs are the most effective topical treatments. A great body scrub does two main things:
The exfoliating texture of salt or sugar scrubs help to polish the skin, removing dullness and the stiff, dry appearance that often comes with a buildup of dead skin cells
Enriching oils nourish newly exposed skin, to encourage elasticity while keeping it moisturized and supple
Sealing moist skin with a thick, sumptuous body butter after your scrub treatment will lock in moisture and hydration
Enough beating around the bush: it’s time for a DIY! Here are 3 recipes for do-it-yourself scrubs, to make your shower or bath time a self-care paradise.
This scrub is decadent and smells just like freshly baked cookies, except it’s vegan and diet-friendly – the perfect Halloween treat! Since sugar has hydrating properties, scrubs with this granular ingredient are ideal for those with skin on the dry end of the spectrum. Sugar is a humectant, meaning it helps retain moisture; that makes this scrub a more moisturizing option that leaves your skin feeling noticeably smooth.
Ingredients in this vegan body scrub include (2) parts brown sugar to (1) part sweet almond or coconut oil, with a dash of vanilla essential oil to your liking. If using coconut oil, warm in the microwave until it loosens up enough to pour, then stir in your extract of choice before adding in the sugar as the last step. Use this mixture while warm on the hands, feet, and anywhere on the body that needs a deep kiss of sugary sweetness.
Skin Benefits from the Sugar Cookie Scrub:
Sugar acts as a humectant to polish and moisturize the skin
Skin-softening almond oil is high in vitamin E, which helps heal the skin and protect from UV damage
Coconut oil contains antioxidant vitamins E and A, which are essential for healthy skin and skin repair. This oil is deeply moisturizing, and can even help improve skin elasticity
Vanilla essential oil is an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory humectant that can calm dry, itchy skin when diluted in a carrier oil
Now you can enjoy your morning latte in the shower – minus the $6 price tag! This scrub might sound #extra at first, but each of the ingredients has skin-healthy components to make this one of your new favorite DIY’s.
Pumpkins’ claim to fame might be transporting Cinderella to the ball – but they also have potent skin-supporting powers! Skin-softening, complexion-brightening, and amazing for speedy skin cell turnover, pumpkins contain natural alpha hydroxy acids that elevate this scrub to superhero status.
Add (1) part freshly mashed or canned pumpkin to (1) part coffee grounds. Add (1) tablespoon of almond milk and (1) teaspoon of cinnamon per cup of mixture. We recommend warming the pumpkin and the milk slightly for a warm autumn experience!
Skin Benefits from the Pumpkin Spice Scrub:
The natural AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) components in pumpkin help to produce newer skin faster, for a youthful and glowing appearance
Coffee performs as a cellulite-busting exfoliant, while supporting collagen production and enhanced blood flow
Almond milk can help to soothe with natural vitamin E content, which is essential for nourishing dry skin
Cinnamon warms and helps to stimulate blood flow, for better circulation and a more vibrant, youthful glow to the skin
We all love our creature comforts during the cozy fall season. This relaxing scrub pairs perfectly with lazy Sunday mornings, hot tea, and a good book while your favorite candle flickers nearby.
A shower-time bouquet is easy to find with floral extracts rose and lavender. Feel soothed by their calming properties, and swept away by the fresh scent. Experience the fine scrubby texture of sea salt and emerge from your shower ready to hit the redo button – yep, it’s that good. Mix (1) part sea salt to (1) part coconut oil. Add in a few drops each of rose, lavender, and ginger essential oils and store in a mason jar or reusable container until your next DIY session.
Skin Benefits from the Fresh Fall Floral Scrub:
Ultra emollient rose essential oil is high in vitamin C, and can help to reduce redness and irritation in sensitive skin
Lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, helping to soothe for skin conditions like eczema and acne
Anti-inflammatory ginger essential oil warms and tones the skin, with the ability to encourage collagen production
Think of places on your body that bend, twist, and receive the most wear and tear. Hands, elbows, knees, and feet experience lots of friction from clothes, and are often exposed to the elements. This means they’ll often dry out the quickest, and need extra special attention!
Consider adding a skin oil to your bedtime routine for those needy areas, and don’t forget your peach! Behind every woman is a great moisturizer – and your tuchus will thank you for a weekly coconut oil rub-down when summer comes back around.
Have a few patches you can’t seem to get smoothed out? First go in with a scrub, like those in our DIY section. Massage in a raw oil (like coconut or jojoba) and top with a heavy body butter. Repeat daily for a week, and watch as your once-rough skin goes from bumpy to bump-free.
Show some of these dryness-prone areas extra love with an overnight glove treatment. Lather and soak the skin with your oils and creams of choice. You could use a hand cream here – but we opt for a whipped body butter and vitamin E or olive oil for extra richness. Slip your moisturized hands into bamboo spa gloves, then remove in the morning for softer hands.
PRO TIP: You can try the same glove strategy on your feet! Instead of gloves, slip your pre-moisturized feet into thick socks to pamper your steppers overnight.
We’re ready to talk body butter. Sumptuous, rich, and oh-so smooth, these body butters feel divine on the skin. With base ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and cocoa butter, your skin will feel like a pampered princess after a rub down with these. Here are some of our favorite scent blends:
Honey Almond Whipped Body Butter | Honey is a humectant, meaning it works extra hard to keep you more moisturized, for longer. Combined with vitamin E-rich almond, this body butter is easily in the running for our year around favorite pick.
Coconut Whipped Body Butter | Light, fresh, and still rich and creamy, this tropical butter works perfectly for morning shower lovers, beach babes, dry skin redeemers, and everything in between.
Vanilla Bean Whipped Body Butter | Sweet vanilla is amazing for a variety of reasons. Naturally fragrant, it gives this body butter an irresistible scent. On top of that, humectant vanilla fights inflammation and works alongside other dynamic ingredients to keep you super soft and silky.
Healthy skin isn’t just taking vitamins or properly moisturizing; it’s a lifestyle that encompasses a bunch of little ways you can show yourself love. Try tweaking your daily body care routine with these simple tips, to help avoid dry skin.
Always keep a clean canteen of water by your bed. Your hydration station is extra important during the colder months, when extreme high-low temperatures (think indoor heater, outdoor cold) can help dehydrate our skin.
Most of us tend to wipe skin down with a towel, straight from the shower or bath. Instead of going to town with the wipe-down, dry your skin by pressing and patting – rather than rubbing. This allows the hydration and moisture from your bath products to stay on the skin, rather than being promptly wiped away. It’s also much more gentle on your delicate lipids!
MOISTURIZE WHILE WET
Moisturize right after a warm shower, when the pores are most open to receiving hydration and nutrients from oils, lotions, and creams. Surface water will also help nourishing emollients to be more easily absorbed into the skin.
MASSAGE INTO SKIN
Treat yourself to an oil-enriched body massage. You can book a service with your masseuse, or ask your sweetheart to lend a hand! Wheat germ, coconut, or sweet almond oils are top choices for nourishing dry or thirsty skin, and you can even add in aromatherapy with lavender, tea tree, or eucalyptus oils.
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