My poor little loofah…….. Soon as the cold weather came around I have basically abandoned it. Which has really been a shame considering how dried out my skin has been this winter. But now that the warm weather is approaching it will make a much welcome come back into my skin care regimen (along with my body scrubs and new found love for body butters).
Everyone is familiar with the bath loofah, however like I mentioned in my last post not all loofahs are created equal. I won’t get into too much detail in this post but you can check out the post here where I elaborated a bit on it.
I use my loofah while in the shower but every now and then I like to dry brush. Dry brushing not only exfoliates your skin leaving it soft and supple, but it can also benefit your health in many ways.
The Many Benefits of Dry Brushing
Helps with Cellulite
Strengthens Immune System by stimulating The Lymphatic System
Aids the body with Detoxification
Benefits the Nervous System
Promotes Skin cell renewal essential for soft and healthy skin
You don’t necessarily need this type of loofah to dry brush, so long as you find something with natural bristles. I’ve seen exfoliating gloves and brushes at my local drugstore and natural health store so look around and see what you find. It’s recommended to dry brush in the morning since dry brushing tends to stimulate you, but I have found that it helps in the evenings as well. So it can be a great way to get your day started feeling invigorated and refreshed.
For more info on dry brushing check these sources out:
So right after dry brushing I jump in the shower and grab my homemade body scrub I make every couple of weeks. As you all know Vanilla Oil and I have an amazing affair and I still can’t get enough of it, using it in everything.
What I Used
1 cup of Brown Sugar: Contains Glycolic acid which gently exfoliates and dissolves dead skin
1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil: Contains antimicrobial and anti oxidant properties also softens and moisturizes the skin
1/2 Tsp of Sweet Almond Oil: Moisturizes, soothes and softens dry skin
1/2 Tsp Grape seed Oil: Antioxidant, Antinflammatory, Astringent and antiseptic (ideal for oily acne prone skin) Tones and tightens skin
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essential Oil: used for scent which helps relax
1/2 Tsp Vitamin E Oil: Antioxidant and used as preservative
In my empty container I added the brown Sugar Followed by Coconut oil
Then I added the rest of the oils about 1/2 tsp of each
I just mixed it all together and started scrubbing away……
For an even more ultra amazing silky feel I followed up with my home made body butter. This time around I whipped it which left me with a very nice texture.
This batch came out a lot better and I got the consistency and texture I was looking for after about 20 minutes of non stop whipping, by hand! It was worth it though because I just loveeee how soft and smooth my skin feels. Definitely posting my tutorial soon.
So basically that’s my routine now, Dry brushing, exfoliating and experimenting with body butters, soft glistening skin just in time for summer!