I use a body brush to dry brush my skin and follow it up with an  oil rub every Sunday night. I use almond or sesame seed oil and sometimes add an aromatherapy oil of my choice. I love Eucalyptus and Rosemary for the rush of memories I get of being in a Hammam in an exotic location. (Rosemary is good for stimulating blood flow and helps to reduce cellulite I believe).

As winter sets in the dry brushing just doesn’t seem to work as well and so I took to finding a recipe for a scrub (since I can’t get my favourite scrub here in SA). I found this one below and tried it and I’m in love. I’m sharing it in the hope that it gets your skin glowing in winter too…

Salt or sugar exfoliating scrub recipe

This moisturising, exfoliating scrub is so easy to make at home that we wanted to share it with you. The basic recipe is below but you can add your own seasonal twist with different essential oils and fresh flowers or herbs. In early summer, we love to create the sugar scrub with fresh lavender buds and the salt scrub with peppermint oil and fresh peppermint from our garden.

Homemade Scrub

4-5 teaspoons sugar or sea salt
1 teaspoon of light olive oil
1 drop of the essential oil of your choice

Mix together well. To use, massage into wet skin in the shower and then rinse well.

We advise you not to use this on your face until you are comfortable with how coarse it is. It may not be suitable for the face if you have sensitive skin.

by Tessa Glover