Skin Care

Lavender Sugar Scrub

According to the calendar, summer is almost here, although in some parts of the world, folks are already enjoying outdoor, summer activities.

Although you may be enjoying endless days of fun in the sun, there’s a chance that your skin may not be enjoying it quite as much as you are.

Summer sun, ocean water, sunscreen, and chlorine, may be parching your skin, causing it to crave a little more TLC than usual.

After a day of fun in the sun (slathered responsibly with sunscreen, of course) pamper your skin with this quick and easy lavender sugar scrub.

Recipe
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 cup of turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw is a good one)
10 drops of lavender essential oil
¾ of a cup of safflower oil
Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly-sealed glass jar.

To Use
Jump in the shower and give your body a good rinse. Apply sugar mixture to wet skin rubbing it into skin in a soft, circular motion. Be careful with those sensitive bits like your nipples, and don’t use the scrub on your face.

Once you’ve applied the sugar scrub, let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse thoroughly. Be careful exiting the shower; sometimes the oil in the scrub can make things more slippery than usual. After towel-drying, apply a light lotion (stick with the lavender theme to help relax you for a good night’s sleep) and slip into some light airy PJs.

Want something other than a lavender scent? Swap out the lavender oil for a citrus oil like lemon, lime, or grapefruit for a scrub that energizes you in the morning.

Want something a little more subtle? Swap out the lavender for vanilla oil, or use a mix of half vanilla, half lavender for a lovely, light scent.

As always, read your oil labels carefully to be sure you are using them correctly, and stick to really pure, natural oils like Aura Cacia or GoDesana.

Once you’ve mixed your sugar scrub, store it in a cool, dry place. Use it within three weeks to maximize its freshness.

Pampering your skin can be a pleasurable experience, but it can also be serious business, which is why I want to take this time to remind you to please practice sun-safety this summer.

Don’t skimp on the sunscreen, avoid the sun during peak hours, cover your skin with light, breathable fabrics, and don’t forget the hat or visor!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

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