By now, the gradually warming weather should have pushed those long-sleeved, woolly clothes right at the back of your wardrobe, making way for the lighter, more breathable fabrics. Summer is almost here, and that means we can show more skin! But is your skin worth showing, after what the winter winds have done to it? Not really? Well, thank god body polish treatments exist! Body polishing is nothing but a spa treatment that leaves your skin looking softer, smoother and glowing. It’s a great way to ensure that your epidermis (top most layer of your skin) is in great condition. A good body polish includes exfoliating and gently scrubbing and massaging your skin with hydrating ingredients and sweet-smelling moisturizing concoctions that make your skin soft, smooth and supple. If you want to show some gorgeous skin this season, then here’s your guide to body polish basics!
Consider your skin type: Before going for a body polish treatment, you must take into consideration your skin type. Choosing a treatment that suits your skin is key because there is a thing called as grease build up. If you have oily skin, opt for an oil-free treatment to avoid any grease build up that may lead to breakouts. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, choose an option that suits your skin’s needs. For a more detailed explanation, keep reading!
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For dry skin: A brown-sugar-based body polish that thoroughly moisturizes your skin is ideal for dry skin type. It will gently moisturize your skin, leaving it soft and fresher-looking.
For oily skin: Oily skin can be tricky, your skin may produce oil on the top most layer but still be dry underneath it. Opt for a treatment which hydrates your skin by getting deeply absorbed. A sea salt body polish with essential oils is apt for you.
For normal skin: If you have normal skin, then you can choose from a variety of options. Coffee, rice bran, pecan hulls, walnut shell, and sugar based exfoliants will work wonders for your skin. For some added goodness, use aromatic massaging oils like grape seed, avocado, jojoba oil, coconut oil and so on.
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Benefits of body polish: Any type of body polish will help you in a variety of ways. From removing dead skin cells to sloughing off black and white heads it can make your skin appear flawless in one single sitting. Apart from that, body polishing can also regulate your blood circulation as well as lymph circulation. This makes it a good way to get rid of some fat as the lymphatic system absorbs fatty acids and fats from the digestive system. What’s more, body polish can also get rid of cellulite and stretch marks after pregnancy or due to sudden spurt of growth.
Proper technique: Although it may seem quite easy, some people still go about exfoliating the wrong way. Putting the slightest bit of extra pressure or using a harsh exfoliant can be EXTREMELY harmful for your skin! You may even end up scarring yourself! The proper technique of body polishing is using a gentle scrub with soft particles and massaging your body with it without applying any pressure. Also, be sure not to over-exfoliate your skin.
DIY at-home body polish: Body polish treatments are really good and healthy for your skin, but not everyone can afford a trip to the salon every month for a full body polish spa. Instead, why not make your own DIY at-home body polish? Here are two amazing recipes:
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Brown sugar and olive oil: Mix equal measures of brown sugar and olive oil (1 cup is to 1 cup) and use it to massage the whole body with. It’s best to rinse your body with lukewarm water first so that the pores open up and the goodness of olive oil seeps deep into your skin. The wetness will also help in gliding the polish smoothly without scratching your skin. This scrub is good for dry and sensitive skin types.
Sea salt and honey: If your skin is positively oily (it’s best to get it tested with a dermo) then rich oils may not be a good idea for you. Try a sea salt scrub instead. Mix one cup of pure fine granule sea salt (if you have chunks of rock salt then grind it to fine-granular powder, measuring one cup) and mix half a cup of honey and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix it well and massage it gently in circular motions all over your body.
So that’s about it! Now go and get sexy for the love sun!