Anytime I hear anybody call anybody “sugar” I think of my crazy southern aunts who show affection by calling people various food names. Sugar, cupcake, dumplin’, puddin’ and so forth. There are many southern ‘isms that are probably worth discussing and are VERY entertaining. Unfortunately, today is not that day. Today I’m talking about sugar, the real sugar, and baking soda, and not about terms of endearment. I do, however, plan to call you many loving food names throughout.
So, cupcake, I’ve been experimenting with beauty recipes, old and new to come up with a few simple concoctions that you will find convenient enough to actually make. I’m not adding in essentail oils or mashed herbs – as cool and crafty as that would be I find that takes way too much time and preparation (a.k.a. I would never get around to actually doing it.) The benefits of easy-peasy: The concoctions are quick and simple. You probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. The mixing will be but the work of a moment. You will feel so PURDY. Oh, and they will cost you next to nothing, puddin’, so you can spend on more important things like. . . hot yoga. Or shoes. Hoo-rah for el cheapo (practially) instant gratification.
Bonus: Today’s recipes are complete with photos! (Disclaimer – my photography skills are mainly very un-cool, bordering on awful, but with help from Instagram I tried to make them a bit fancy. Sigh.)
STUFF YOU PROABLY HAVE!
Sugar, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil. The basic concept upon which all the variations are based? Mix some scrubby stuff with some moisturizing stuff for smooth (insert body part here). Don’t mind if I do.
Side Note: Although salt is scrubby, just hold on a second and grab the sugar instead. I mean, have you ever had a salt scrub after you shave your legs? I would compare the pain to stepping on a lego or severing a major artery. I find sugar to be much more user friendly.
Body Scrub: Mix together 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup olive or cocount oil to create a spreadable but rough paste. Add more oil if you wish to create a texture you like best. The dreamiest way to use this scrub: Take a hot bath, while drinking champagne. Dry yo’ self. Sashay into the shower (don’t run the water yet). Using curcular motions apply the scrub all ova’ yo’ body. RINSE! Apply moisturizing lotion (my favorite is Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion). Enjoy your silky smoothness in whatever way you see fit. Oh, and get dressed. In something cute.
Hand Scrub: Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/8 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. The citric acid from the lemon juice assists in exfoiationg and aids in removing hyperpigmentation (brown spots) from hands. To use: simply wash your hands with soap, then follow by rubbing the scrub into your hands with similar motions to applying hand cream. Rinse, dry, and immediately follow with an emmoliant hand cream such as Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Therapy, or in the case of very dry & cracked skin, Aquaphor. So SO good. Even your man will want to use for dry winter hands.
Scalp Exfoliation: Mix 3/4 cup sugar with 1/2 cup olive oil. Mix it up, darlin’ puddin’ pop. (This is a little messy but if you execute this task in the shower it makes it easier.) On dry hair and scalp, use a sectioning comb to creat various “parts” throughout the hair, exposing the scalp. As you “part” each section, take a small amount of the scrub and work into the roots and scalp. Continue until you have scrub on the roots throughout. Working your fingers throughout give yourself a little scalp massage with the paste. Rinse like crazy. Use a sulfate free shampoo to completely rinse out the mixture (I like L’Oreal Cleansing Conditioner, which is a sulfate free cream shampoo). Finish off with a deep condition and style as usual. This is also great for the men folk – my fiance loves it.
Facial Exfoliator: At your cauldron, (or other mixing vessel of choice) please combine 1/4 cup baking soda with 5 tablespoon of water to create a paste. Thats it. Remove all makeup. With wetted fingers apply scrub to face using light pressure and circular motions. Rinse. Apply moisturizer and eye cream of your choosing. Notice how smooth your skin feels. Repeat three times “thank you Auntie Sarah”.
A little self care is a great way to start the New Year, so get on it and start scrubbing! Let me know how it goes!
Have a Beautiful Day!