As you may have noticed from my last post, I’m starting to pay a little more attention to the skin on my face. Following along those lines, I got to thinking perhaps the exfoliating pad I was using might now be a bit too harsh. A couple of hours of following link after link after link on the Internet (you know how it goes), I decided perhaps a sugar scrub might be a better way to go.
Oh. Em. Gee. You gotta try this. I found an easy-peasy recipe that leaves my skin as smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. (I would love to give credit but can’t find the page anymore. Gotta love Google sometimes, huh? If this is yours, email me and I’ll provide the link back.)
- 50% sugar (white works just fine or use brown sugar if you have very sensitive skin – the granules are generally smaller than white)
- 50% vegetable glycerin
- A dollop of Aloe Vera gel
Just to experiment, I used 2 tablespoons each (white) sugar & glycerin, and the “dollop” of gel was about a teaspoon. Mix together well. Then use a palmful to wash your face, neck & décolletage. I found mine separates a little between uses so just mix it all up again with my fingers before scooping out a glob of it.
(I would have taken a picture but it doesn’t look like much in the recycled cream cheese container. OTOH, it does somewhat resemble semen. I stand by the post title. :D)
Some of the recipes I found suggested mixing a few drops of essential oils into the scrub. I didn’t do that for the first batch, wanting to see how it worked on the cleaning end by itself. Although EOs do absorb quickly into the skin, the only thing I let sit long enough for beneficial absorption is my face cream, so I’ll leave the “therapeutic” aspects in that, rather than the scrub. But if you want the aroma, add a drop or two of EOs appropriate for your skin type (and nose).
I think a longer-term experiment is going to be making an herbal glycerite (like a tincture but with glycerin rather than alcohol as the extraction method) and using that in place of the plain glycerin, just to see if there’s any benefit to that sort of effort. I’ll let you know how that comes out.
In the meantime, I have a smooooooooooth face!