DOZ Issue 29 March 2018 - Page 28

Grace and Beauty How to Make Custom Body Scrub F Jovana rom a skincare angle, the end of winter is all about preparing your skin for spring and summer. Let’s face it – swaying spring dresses don’t go well with rough, cracked skin. We need to say goodbye to all the flakes and dry patches, revitalize the skin that was hidden for too long, refresh it and make it glow. Exfoliation can help you with that. In addition to removing everything that needs to go, regular exfoliation encourages new cell growth, makes your skin silky soft and smooth and helps in supplying the skin with nutrients and antioxidants. And what « 28 DOZ Magazine March 2018 better way to accomplish all of that than with a DIY body scrub, completely customized to your liking? So, no recipe for you today. Instead, here’s a chance to create your own combination. You get to be creative and choose all the ingredients, as long as you include two main parts every scrub needs to have: exfoliating agent and carrier oil. Exfoliating Agent Unlike face scrubs, body exfoliators are usually a bit harsher. Most of your body skin can take it, and some parts (like elbows, knees, and heels) really need it. That said, not every skin is the same and what works for most women might not work for you. The best possible rule is to listen to your own skin and choose your exfoliator accordingly. Choosing exfoliating agent for body scrub mostly comes down to choosing between coffee grounds, sugar and sea salt. Coffee grounds are the gentlest of the three. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which helps protect the skin against free radicals. It improves microcirculation, fights aging signs and gives your skin a firmer appearance. The grains gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft, supple and renewed. Caffeine is often included in anti-cellulite treatments. Sugar is famous for its anti-aging properties.