Here in northwest Pennsylvania, we’ve been feeling the effects of the extreme winter weather of 2014. I vacillate between the desire to burrow in with a good book, play outside in the snow and wishing that winter would mellow out and leave quickly.
I actually do like winter, but when the cold and snowy conditions are prolonged, I find I need a little pick me up. This week, I decided to give myself at home spa time. I lit a few scented candles, drew a nice warm bath with lavender and chamomile oil and proceeded to soak away the winter blues. Since I was soaking myself, it was the perfect time to do an allover sugar scrub. I like to do these in the winter time once a week to eliminate the dry skin patches that can be a problem during the winter months. It makes my skin feel silky smooth and the annoying winter itch is kept at bay.
For those of you who would like to treat yourselves, see the recipe below. You can use this from your toes to your collarbone. Use a gentle, circular, upward motion when using your scrub. You want to be gentle so you don’t damage your skin while exfoliating the dead skin cells. Make just enough for one use. That way you won’t need to worry about bacteria or mold getting into your scrub. As an aside, scrubs can also be made with fine salt (popcorn salt is extra fine), however, if you have any abrasions or cuts, it will sting whereas the sugar will not.
When you are done pampering yourself, pat your skin dry and apply a light coating of lotion. Be careful, your tub may be a little slippery.
1 cup of sugar (white, brown or raw – NOT turbinado)
1/3 to 1/2 cup oil (any oil you have on hand, i.e. olive, avocado…)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract (more or less depending upon strength of scent desired)
Pour sugar into a cup, add oil and mix thoroughly, add vanilla extract.
Oatmeal powder (grind oatmeal in a coffee grinder)
Powdered tea leaves, lavender flowers or rose petals
Almond extract, orange extract or any other extract you have on hand may substitute for
the vanilla extract