Skin brushing and body scrubs

 

Skin brushing and body scrubs are two exfoliating treatments that are of prime importance in looking after your skin.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and dirt from the body, and afterwards the skin looks and feels vibrant, glowing and healthy. The skins absorbency is improved, so nourishing moisturizers containing essential oils and other nutrients will soak in easily.

Skin brushing is best done with a dry, natural bristle brush or an abrasive mitt. It is performed with short, brisk movements, always in the direction of the heart, so that the circulation of lymph is encouraged. Skin brushing is ideally done before an aromatherapy massage or the application of body lotion. As part of an aromatherapy lymphatic drainage course of treatments, the client is requested to skin brush every day.

 

Rejuvenating body scrub

 

This body scrub is derived from a traditional Indian treatment for brides-to-be. The bride is scrubbed all over with a mixture of finely ground grains, before being massaged with aromatic oils. Doing this body scrub will leave you with invigorated, glowing skin and can be done before an aromatherapy massage. It is best to perform it standing on an old towel as it is a messy procedure.

 

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 large handful of finely ground oatmeal

  • 1 large handful of ground almonds

  • A bowl

  • 1 tsp of dried, finely ground orange peel

  • 1 tsp of rosehip granules

  • 5 drops of jasmine or rose absolute essential oil Warm water

  • A towel

  • A soft body brush or small towel

 

WHAT TO DO

  1. Place the oatmeal and ground almonds in the bowl and mix in the orange peel and rosehip granules.

  2. Add the jasmine or rose absolute, together with enough warm water to make a fine, crumbly mixture.

  3. Standing on a towel, take a small handful of the body scrub and rub it vigorously with circular movements all over your body. The scrub dries quickly and most of it will fall straight off you.

  4. When you have finished, use a soft body brush or small towel to brush off any leftover crumbs.