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DIY Body Scrub and the Science of Our Skin

body wash DIY

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There is no question that spas in Fort Collins offer amazing scrubs and treatments for exfoliation and all around glowing skin. The problem: you don’t make the money to visit every day! That’s okay for a couple of reasons. The first is that you really shouldn’t exfoliate deeply on the daily, and the second – you can make a good scrub all by yourself at home!

Before you scour the internet for recipes to rival that of your favorite scrub at your favorite Fort Collins spa, let’s take a look at the science of our skin itself.

Why DIY?

You’re probably wondering why you should go through all of the trouble of gathering ingredients and making it in the first place when there are a slew of products already on the market you could buy. It’s simple – chemicals. The body wash you use each and every day is probably full of chemicals, and if you think it doesn’t matter, you’re wrong. Chemicals like propylene glycol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate along with numerous artificial fragrances fill the body washes that line the shelves at the store, and each one of them serves as a harmful irritant to more than just your skin.

Did you know that these chemicals seep into our pores and enter the blood stream, traveling to our organs and various systems? It won’t cause issues right away, but over time, they can lead to numerous health issues.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and although it does serve as a barrier to protect us, there is one thing it cannot protect us against – the chemicals that make up our beauty products. These microscopic chemical elements absorb within seconds of application thanks to the sebaceous glands.

Hit The Kitchen

You’re already a frequent visitor to spas in Fort Collins, so you are someone who is trying to maintain a youthful appearance. Minimizing the chance these chemicals can get into your bloodstream is of utmost importance to you, I’m sure! So let’s take a look at a few recipes from around the internetso you can get to work making one that works for you. If you don’t see a recipe that appeals to you, a quick Google search will reveal a multitude of options, or you can browse Pinterest for ideas.

  • Brown Sugar Scrub. If you’re looking to keep it simple, this is the recipe for you. Simply mix 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup oil of your choice (coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, etc.), and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Be sure that the vanilla extract you use is not artificial.
  • Coffee Scrub. Coffee is much more than a morning pick-me-up, it’s good for your skin, too! Did you know that caffeine can reduce the appearance of cellulite? While there are treatments at your Fort Collins spa, you can use this at home in between visits! Just mix ¼ cup raw sugar, ¼ cup ground coffee, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon sea salt, which can be found at any grocery store. Scrub that cellulite away!
  • Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub. Looking to bring the relaxation of spas in Fort Collins to your home? Try this relaxing scrub. Mix ½ cup kosher salt, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon culinary grade lavender extract, and 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves.
  • Yogurt Sugar Scrub. Did you know the gentle acids found in milk and yogurt are great for your skin? They exfoliate gently, and this scrub puts them to work. Combine 1 cup coarse sugar (raw or turbinado), 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil or other carrier oil, ¼ cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and 3-4 drops of the essential oil of your choice (this last ingredient is optional.) Mix all with electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Lemon Honey Scrub. This is a great scrub to get you sparkling clean, and great for those that use self-tanner and end up with streaks. It will scrub the streaks away entirely, just be sure to scrub good and hard. Mix 1 cup sugar, ½ cup olive oil, the juice from 1 lemon, and 1 tablespoon honey.
  • Peppermint Scrub. Give yourself a pick-me-up in the morning that doesn’t involve a cup of coffee with this invigorating scrub. Combine ¼ cup grapeseed oil, 2 tablespoons spearmint essential oil, and ½ cup sugar.
  • Banana Sugar Body Scrub. No oil necessary for this recipe, just a banana that is still good, but a bit too brown for anyone in your household to eat. Just combine 1 ripe banana, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and ¼ teaspoon extract (again, nothing artificial here.) Use a fork to mash the ingredients together, but don’t mash to the point it becomes too thin to spread on your body. You can even use it on your face – just set aside some of the banana and mash it without sugar.

Store leftover scrubs made with nut and seed oils in the refrigerator, or cut recipes that are larger and use them up as soon as possible. Apply all to damp skin using a circular motion.

Of course, you should still visit your Fort Collins spa for a wide range of treatments to promote skin health and beauty. Contact Athena today and find out how we can transform you this summer!

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