By Jessica Thompson
Alas, summer is drawing to an end and fall is slowly creeping around the corner. With cool weather comes many great things: boots, scarves, deep fall colors, but not everything about fall is fun clothing and hot chocolate. Dry skin is probably one of the most unwelcome side effects of the changing season.
Knowing that I love fall and hate dry skin, I went in search of a way to exfoliate and moisturize to keep soft skin during the rough temperatures ahead.
Exfoliating is key. Even if you moisturize regularly, the lasting effects will be more apparent if the skin is exfoliated first. I’ve always known this is important, but I’ve never been wow-ed by any drug store products I’ve experimented with.
DIY sugar scrubs seemed to be where the secrets lie. It seemed relatively simple, so I decided to give it a whirl. The recipe I used was quite easy to make.
The recipe: Mix one-half cup of brown sugar and a little bit of olive oil. I wanted to add a little bit of a scent to it, so I added almond extract to give it a nice sugar and almond smell.
I used my scrub on dry skin before going into the shower. By doing this, I avoided the hassle of trying to keep the scrub out of the water and becoming less effective. After gently exfoliating, I rinsed the scrub off with hot water and showered as usual. When I was finished, I was very surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt, all from just a couple of items I found in my kitchen!
Your skin is happy, your wallet is happy, now go out and enjoy these last weeks of summer! You have the secret to keeping that skin glowing as the days get shorter.
Note: make sure to moisturize after using your new scrub, the first time that I didn’t, I ended up with smooth skin but lacked the soft feeling I was striving for.