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DIY Cellulite Scrub

Hoping to remove those irritating lines from your legs or stomach? For some of us, cellulite can be unbearable but there are a few ways diminish their harsh effects. The best way to bid adieu to cellulite is with coffee, since it provides a bunch of antioxidants to tired skin, and tightens the surface.

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You can apply the mixture with your hands, an exfoliating mitt, or even with a brush which features long bristles. Apply in a circular motion, then leave on the skin for 5-10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

Ingredients

1 cup coffee grounds

6 tbsp coconut oil

3 tbsp sea salt/sugar

Empty jar

Dry brush

Instructions

1. Combine the coffee grounds and sea salt or sugar into a mixing bowl.

DIY Cellulite Scrub

2. Now melt the coconut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, then add it to the existing mixture.

DIY Cellulite Scrub

3. Mix well with a spoon, then transfer the contents to an air-tight jar or container. You can use the products for weeks or even months if it’s properly stored.

DIY Cellulite Scrub

4. Whilst you’re in the shower, apply the scrub in circular motions over problem areas such as the upper thighs, stomach, arms, and bottom.

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October 14, 2014

Are Exfoliators Bad For Healthy Skin?

Exfoliating both the face and body contributes to smoother looking skin, but also a more youthful appearance. It is recommended that individuals should mildly exfoliate once or twice a week, since anything more could lead to dry and cracked skin if not heavily moisturised afterwards. Gently exfoliating the skin with a method which works for you is the best way to rejuvenate the skin and keep it feeling healthy and brand new.

Benefits of exfoliation

There are many benefits which come along when exfoliating skin on a weekly basis. For the body it can smooth out any lines or buildup on the knees, elbows and feet and improve the appearance of un-even skin tone. While for the face helps to remove any dry patches and diminishes problem areas which attract a build-up of dead skin cells.

Exfoliating the face

Take extra care when exfoliating the face and neck, since these areas are usually more sensitive and prone to break-out. Exfoliating scrubs are available almost anywhere and work wonders when paired with warm water to give a noticeably smoother appearance to the skin. If you do suffer from itchiness or mild sensitivity whilst using a scrub, only exfoliate once a week or however often your skin needs needs to be pampered. It is always best to leave your skin to breathe, rather than constantly over-treating it with products.

As of late, exfoliating brushes such as the PMD and Clarisonic have become a fast way to remove dead skin cells with ease. If you’re just starting out, make sure to use the product on the lowest setting so your skin can slowly adjust to the process. These brushes are also amazing at removing excess makeup, oil and grime off the surface of the skin, where makeup removers, cleansers and wipes just can’t reach.

Exfoliating the body

There are many tools available to gently exfoliate the body, even for those who have very sensitive skin. Bath and shower loofahs, exfoliating gloves and textured sponges should be used in circular motions to effectively exfoliate the skin. Body scrubs such as the Instagram-famous Frank Scrub contain various vitamins and minerals which together help to exfoliate and moisturise the skin in one go.

How much is too much?

Look out for signs that your skin might be suffering from over-exfoliation since this can cause more harm than good. Itchiness, redness, sensitivity and break-outs are all common side-effects which can harm the epidermis otherwise known as the outer layer of skin. If skin appears to be dry and scaly, apply a moisturising cream or aloe vera to avoid any further pain or sensitivity.

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July 9, 2014

A Beauty Therapist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning – Part Two

Exfoliate

The quickest and easiest way to boost the skin instantly is to give it a good scrub. Exfoliation gives the skin instant sheen by removing dead skin build up that makes the skin look dry and dull. Dermalogica Sea Salts are an excellent solution for crepe skin and thorough barnacle removal. For a fabulous, freshly scrubbed feeling apply the salts to dry skin with your hands or better still in combination with a loofah mitt. If you’re feeling a little delicate, simply add the salts to your bath water, the salicylic acid in the salts will melt away “roughness” without stimulation or aggravating fragile skins.If you are scrubbing, remember not to scrub too hard, or too long. For your face no longer than 30 seconds in a light circulation motion, and the body, keep your scrubbing to 2-3 minutes making sure soles of feet, knees and elbows are thoroughly worked. Top tip: If you look flushed after exfoliating you are scrubbing to hard. Keep it light and only exfoliate once a week depending on skin condition. Over exfoliation can break the capillaries in the skin, unsettle your acid mantle (which is the skin’s natural ph balance, protecting it from the environment) and expose you to environmental damage.

Professional body scrub treatments not only feel great but they’re great for stimulating the lymph system detoxifying your system and assist in blood circulation. They also ensure a thorough body overhaul to those hard to reach places such as the back, shoulders and bottom. Most body scrubs range from $80 to $120 and products used in the salon can be purchased for home maintenance.

What to look for A treatment that uses quality salts and/or scrubs, and a therapist with an angel’s touch.

October 7, 2003