A weekend at the spa can do wonders to keep your skin soft and tensions at bay, but the lump sum of time and money can overshadow any stress relieved. Living on the Cheap ladies know that regular beauty maintenance can have almost the same effect — without breaking the bank or knocking out your schedule. Below are some ideas to get you beautifully through the season of changing weather and busy schedules.
Sugar scrubs have a rejuvenating effect on your entire body, and they don’t have to be expensive. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen: brown sugar, olive oil and honey. If you want to add fragrance, you can put in a little splash of vanilla extract. Simply mix one cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and a couple tablespoons of honey in a bowl. You can use it right away, or make it ahead of time — just be sure to stir the mixture before each use. You can use it in the shower all over your body, concentrating on the tough parts like elbows, knees and heels. To increase the softening effect, rub the mixture on your skin then leave it on for a couple minutes. You can store the extra mix in an old jar, or re-use an empty shower gel bottle. Whenever I finish salsa or jam, I run the jars through the dishwasher, then keep them to fill with my special scrub.
Pedicures aren’t the only way to get soft feet. Before going to bed, rub some of your creamiest lotion into your feet. Then slip your toes into a pair of semi-lightweight cotton socks (super-thick socks will leave fuzzies on your moisturized feet). If you can’t sleep with socks, simply put lotion on when you get home from work and spend a few hours with socks on to seal in the moisture. If you will be moving around – particularly on wood or tile floors – you may want to put on slippers so you won’t slip.
Seal In Moisture
Dry air, cold wind and stress can have devastating effects on your skin’s ability to retain moisture. Seal in moisture after every shower or bath. Celebrities may use expensive oils — it’s reported that Jenifer Lopez regularly uses a bath oil that costs upward of $60 a bottle. But you can find a bottle full of nourishing bath oil for under $5. Baby oil is light and sensitive enough for even the youngest skin. The best part is that it also doesn’t have to smell like baby oil – the oilsare sold with lavender, cocoa butter and even aloe scents. There is no need to buy name-brand unless you have a really strong personal preference. Drugstore brands are made with the same ingredients. After showering, spread a few drops of oil over your entire body and rub it in like lotion. If it feels too thick, put it on while the water is still running to rinse some off, then pat dry. For extra moisture, you can still put on some of your normal body lotion to really seal in the softness.
These three tricks will keep you soft and smooth all season. No spa pass, big bills or long weekends required.
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