Summer salt scrub

 Photo credit: http://besskincare.com

Photo credit: http://besskincare.com

Ahhh, summer. Beach weekends and mid-day picnics at the park. Perfect time to catch the rays and get that mega-dose of vitamin D our bodies so desperately crave all winter. Too much sun, however, can come at a cost and lead to peeling skin and dry patches. While sunscreen or a big floppy hat should be your first line of defense, what to do once the damage is done?

Well, first, apply copious amounts of aloe vera. We sell several great natural brands of 100% pure aloe gel– minus the creepy added fragrance and color dye (Yellow 5 and Blue 1 anyone?) of conventional brands.

Second, once the burn has faded, slough off that dead skin and leave your skin feeling clean and smooth, and freshly scented with a homemade salt scrub. So easy to make and can be a great gift for family and friends (hello, wedding season!)

Ingredients:

1 cup sea salt
1 cup almond or jojoba oil
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) (optional)
Dried lavender or rose buds (optional)
Mason jar or similar container

Instructions

1. Blend salt and your choice of oil in a mixing bowl.

2. Add the essential oil and lavender buds (optional). Stir and place mixture in a clean container and secure lid.

3. Use the scrub in the shower on damp skin, concentrating on rough areas and gently rinsing after use.