If you’ve ever polished an apple or peeled off the skin of an onion, you have a good idea what body buffing is all about.
By gently massaging your skin, you get rid of old skin cells and make your skin look healthier and smoother.
The best part about body buffing is that you don’t have to go to an expensive salon.
You can exfoliate your skin right at home every time you take a bath or shower.
Different Strokes For Different Folks…
There are lots of different things you can use to exfoliate your skin. Here are just a few…
|EXFOLIATING SCRUB||Apply and gently massage into damp skin, then rinse away thoroughly with warm water.|
|BATH MITT OR LOOFAH||Sweep gently over your body every time you bathe or shower.|
|WASHCLOTH OR BATH SPONGE||Lather up with plenty of soap or shower gel and gently massage over your skin when you’re in the bath or shower. Rinse well with clear, warm water.|
|BODY BRUSH||Great for loosening dead skin cells. Can either be used on dry skin before taking bath or shower, or in bath or shower if lathered up with soap or gel.|
NOTE: Body buffing should be gentle. Always make sure you do not rub your skin too hard or too vigorously. Over-scrubbing or rubbing too hard can irritate your skin and make it sore.
Homemade Skin Exfoliators
Former model, Diane Irons, believes the best exfoliating scrubs can be made right in your kitchen. In her best-selling book,
The World’s Best Kept Beauty Secrets, Diane suggests the following:
FACIAL SCRUB: Take a packet of sugar (raw sugar works best), add a couple drops of olive oil to create a spreading condition, and gently rub it into the creases of your face.
OATMEAL FACIAL AND BODY SCRUB: Open a packet of instant oatmeal, mix it with water, and create a paste. Rub this mixture into your face, and rinse off the residue. Use instant oatmeal on your face and the traditional old-fashioned oatmeal to exfoliate the entire body.
SEA SALT BODY SCRUB: When taking a shower, rub sea salt (available in health food stores) all over both your body and your face. Massage the skin gently, then thoroughly rinse. Caution: do not use on broken or blemished skin.
Pamper Your Skin…
Polishing your skin is not the same as polishing your shoes… so always remember to be gentle with your skin.
Never rub too hard or try to exfoliate broken, inflamed, or acne-prone skin.
The best thing to do is to concentrate on problem areas first, such as upper arms, thighs, bottom, and your heels and elbows.
Go gentle on more delicate areas, such as the inner arms, stomach and inner thighs.
For oily skin, exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week is best. For other types of skin, once a week is fine. Don’t expect miracles over night, but after a month or so you will begin to see results!