Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Smooth Operator

Written by Nakia Jackson
With such a wealth of products to choose from, the task of skin maintenance can be a daunting one…especially when you’re on the run. But do not despair. Of all the potions one can resort to in order to look fabulous in a hurry, you can't go wrong with an exfoliant. Here are three great, cheap recipes to get awesome looking skin all on your own. Use either Sweet on You, With a Grain of Salt, or Java Jivin' and in mere seconds that dead skin that's been cramping your style is gonna get the old heave-ho.
With such a wealth of products to choose from, the task of skin maintenance can be a daunting one…especially when you’re on the run. But do not despair. Of all the potions one can resort to in order to  look fabulous in a hurry, you can't go wrong with an exfoliant. Here are three great, cheap recipes to get awesome looking skin all on your own. Use either Sweet on You, With a Grain of Salt, or Java Jivin' and in mere seconds that dead skin that's been cramping your style is gonna get the old heave-ho.

As skin renews itself regularly, removing the older layers can help keep it clear of acne and reduce the signs of sun exposure. Despite what skin-care companies try to tell you, exfoliation does not require expensive devices or concoctions. In fact, whatever is already in your pantry waiting to be used for corn bread or muffins will do just fine.

Now, before you break out the pots, pans, and mixing spoons, take some of these tips into consideration.

1. In general, coarse scrubs should be used from the neck down, and fine scrubs from the chin up.

2. These scrubs work best on moist skin; if you're dry, you'll simply rub yourself raw.

3. The oil-based scrubs should ideally be followed up by a gentle cleanser.

4. To give your skin time to recover, I’d advise using these once every other day.

Recipes
The amounts in these recipes will produce plenty for a few choice body parts; for a full body scrub, just double the recipe.

Sweet on You
Good all over, even for lips.

What you will need:
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup olive, peanut, or sesame oil

1.Combine and stir until you have a smooth paste.

If you use brown sugar, try mixing in the oil a spoonful at a time until you have the consistency you like.

or use….

1 cup brown sugar, packed
8 teaspoons glycerin*
8 teaspoons water

1.Combine water and glycerin.
2.Mix in the brown sugar until no lumps remain.

*You can get glycerin in the skin care aisle at the drugstore for less than two dollars. It's often sold combined with rose water, which is fine as it will make your scrub smell divine. Just be sure that if you pick up glycerin with rose water already in the mix, to then omit the water in the recipe.

With a Grain of Salt
Best as a body scrub—while I’ve used it on my lips, it may be coarse for some.

What you will need:
1⁄2 cup kosher salt
1⁄2 cup honey
1⁄4 cup water

1.Combine honey and water.
2.Mix in the salt.

or use...

5 tablespoons Epsom salts*
1 tablespoon oil (I use olive, but most oils will work well)
1 tablespoon your favorite body wash

1.Combine all ingredients.
2.Mix until smooth.

*Epsom salts are available at the drugstore, but many grocery stores carry them as well, often among the bandages and peroxide.

Java Jivin'
For face, body, or lips, depending on the consistency of the coffee grounds

What you will need:
1⁄2 cup used coffee grounds*
1⁄2 cup olive, peanut, or sesame oil*

1.Combine ingredients.
2.Mix until smooth.

*Use coarse coffee grounds for a body scrub, fine or extra-fine for a face or lip scrub.
*You can substitute the oil with your favorite body wash for a foaming scrub for face or body.

After applying these natural fixer-uppers, your skin should be satiny and glowing in just about a minute. Now get going, you smooth operator!

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