We’re all working out to get toned, strong, hard bodies but no one wants their skin described as hard. Or rough. Or compared to a crocodile. Sometimes a good ol’ exfoliation is what we need get rid of the dead skin and feel smooth as a baby’s butt. Need more reasons?
90% of the dust in your home is dead skin cells. And no, I didn’t make a typo. So, now that you’re a tad bit unsettled, let’s talk about why it’s good for your skin.
We all want smooth soft skin, especially in the summer when we reveal more skin. Your body is covered in a layer of dead skin cells. The lotion that you put on your skin has to work its way through layers of dead skin cells just to reach the top layer. No matter how much body lotion you put on the dead skin cells, they still remain dead skin cells. If you want healthy smooth skin, you must slough them off. No better way that in the shower or bath with a body exfoliator. Yes- men have plenty of dead skin and contribute to the dust in the house so they need to scrub, too!
Exfoliants range in price but it seems like the good ones start at $15 and go up from there. Really? Sometimes I am just cheap and this is one of those times, there has to be a less expensive way to scrub dead skin off your body.
I love Google…a couple of clicks and I found LOADS of recipes for homemade exfoliants. Some contained ingredients that would take some effort to find. I chose one that had just 3 ingredients and I happened to have all three in the kitchen.
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbl. olive oil
Mix the sugar and olive oil until mostly moistened, then add lemon juice until you get the desired consistency. You don’t want it runny so be careful. That’s all you do- your homemade exfoliator is done!
Shower with soap (or whatever you use), then exfoliate. I like to turn off the shower so the exfoliant doesn’t wash off right away. Use your fingers to rub it all over your body, being gentle on your face, neck and chest but really hitting those elbows, toes, and knees. Turn on the shower and wash it all away! Shave your legs (or whatever you shave) after doing this for the closest shave ever. My skin is not really rough, but it felt like silk after doing this! Towel off and moisturize and you are good to go! Experts recommend exfoliating 2-3 times per week, less often if you have sensitive skin.
What’s the cost? Sugar approx. 23 cents, oil approx. 64 cents, lemon juice about 5 cents giving it a grand total of 92 cents. Let’s call it a dollar if you use name brand products. I used the whole container just because I was enjoying it, but you really could get 2 applications from this recipe. Cheap and easy- it doesn’t get any better than that. Like I said, there are loads of recipes that incorporate different oils and fragrances that you can try, but sugar, olive oil, and lemon juice did the trick for me! Let me know if you come up with something that you like.