For thousands of years, honey has been used as a food, a medicinal and a beautification agent. Honey possesses remarkable properties that are beneficial when used both internally and externally. These properties reportedly include antioxidant and antibacterial benefits.
Olive oil is also an age-old product used for its health, food and beauty benefits. It contains squalane, a naturally occurring lipid (fat) which is found in many plants and animals. The human skin has a natural barrier to squalane. Since both honey and sugar are water soluble, they assist in the absorption of the olive oil’s lipids. Additionally, the sugar’s sloughing action removes dead skin cells, thereby providing the skin with more efficient osmosis of the oil’s lipids and the honey’s healing compounds.
Sugar has proven to be a staple of the kitchen and the beauty basket. The most effective type of sugar to use for a spa-quality scrub is coarse, raw sugar, which gives you the gentle exfoliation that you’re looking for. Raw sugar is sugar that’s been put through very minimal processing and is dark or gold in color and left in very large formation, similar to kosher salt. The different types of raw sugar to look for are Turbinado, Sucanat™ and Demerara.
For your spa-quality body scrub using the beneficial compounds in these ingredients, blend the following together and keep refrigerated for several weeks, warming a bit in the microwave before using.
Recipe: Mix together a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil, half a cup of pure honey and a quarter cup of raw sugar. When you use the scrub, use firm, slow and gentle circular movements on the areas where you need extra healing, moisture and exfoliation. Place scrub into a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup pure honey
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- Mix and then place scrub into a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for several weeks.
- Warm a bit in the microwave before using.
- When you use the scrub, use firm, slow and gentle circular movements on the areas where you need extra healing, moisture and exfoliation.
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