With swimsuit season just around the corner it’s time to get your skin ready for summer! And this Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub is here to help. Most of the creams and potions claiming to help you tone your legs and butt, and get rid of cellulite are bogus. But there are a few natural things you can do to help tone your body, diminish cellulite, and see actual results.
To combat that annoying dimpled skin on your butt and thighs, we first have to understand what causes it. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits under the skin push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin. This often occurs in the butt and thighs, but can also occur also on arms, stomachs, and other places where you have excess body fat.
Genetics plays a big part, as does getting regular physical exercise. Good circulation is key, and exercise helps keep your circulation working well. Estrogen plays a part as well, which is why it tends to get worse post menopause. But the ingredients in this Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub can help.
Dry brushing is also one of the best ways you can combat cellulite and help tone your body at the same time. If you already dry brush your body daily, you’re ahead of the game! If not, you might start now…
Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub
This recipe for Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub come straight out of Neals Yard Remedies Natural Beauty book. This is truly one of my favorite books with over 100 recipes for skincare, haircare, and body care… including recipes for some of NYR Organic’s top selling products. What company even does that… I mean giving you the DIY recipes for their top selling products?! It’s just one of the many things I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies! Plus this beautifully designed book is full of photos and infographics, making it a lovely gift.
The Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub has a coarse texture to help remove dead skin cells, revive circulation, and leaves your skin silky smooth. Organic grapefruit essential oil is a lymphatic stimulant with diuretic and detoxifying properties that may help with water retention and cellulite. For sensitive skin you can create a less abrasive scrub by substituting table salt for the sea salt. You can also substitute dried mint for the fresh mint.
4 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves
4 tablespoons almond oil
Five drops peppermint essential oil
Two drops of organic grapefruit essential oil
Makes 3.5 fluid ounces
Please the sea salt, mint leaves, and almond oil in a bowl.
Add the essential oils and mixed together to make the scrub. Transfer into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Keeps for up to six months.
Rub into the skin, massaging into any areas of sluggish circulation. Rinse off in the shower or in the bath. As the sea salt dissolves in the water you can enjoy a relaxing mineral bath. However, don’t use on freshly shaved skin.
The scrub also makes a fantastic DIY gift for Mother’s Day. You could try doubling or tripling the recipe and packing it in cute little jars as gifts. If you already use NYR Organic products and have some empty blue glass face cream jars, this is a great way to recycle them!
Use a scrub like this Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub in the shower or bath two or three times a week, followed by a firming cream like NYR Organic Firming Body Cream. In addition try adding daily dry brushing to your morning rituals.
Why Dry Brush Your Body?
Why is dry brushing important? Dry brushing, or Garshana is a traditional Ayurvedic dry massage technique that has been used for thousands of years to promote health. Dry brushing helps to slough off dead skin cells and tone your skin. But maybe even more importantly, the pressure on the skin and the direction you brush also help to move lymph fluid around the body, boosting your natural elimination process and circulation at the same time.
Our lymph system is one of the most beneficial systems in our body, flushing out toxins and dead cells and helping promote wellness. But what many people don’t realize is that the lymph system doesn’t have its own circulation system. Instead, it relies on our being physically active to help the lymph fluid to circulate. Jumping on a rebounder (mini-tramp) or even bouncing hard on your heels are great ways to stimulate your lymph system. And daily dry brushing is another easy way to help improve your lymphatic system too.
In fact, regular dry brushing helps to deliver oxygenated blood to the skin, which helps to hydrate efficiently, contributing to a healthy skin tone. Because it stimulates the lymph, dry brushing also helps to eliminate toxins and smooth those lumps and bumps of cellulite. Dry brushing stimulates and energizes the body so it is best to do it in the morning before you shower, not in the evening.
How to Dry Brush Your Body
Use a firm bristled brush with a long handle to help you to reach your whole body. Or choose one with a strap handle that helps you control the pressure. This dry brush from NYR Organic does double-duty. Or check out this Prana Brush with copper bristles which naturally create negative ions that protect your body from free radicals and have numerous other health benefits. Which ever dry brush you choose, it’s important to keep your dry brush dry, and not get it wet in the shower.
Starting at your feet use light strokes in an upward direction, repeating three times. Follow each stroke with a sweep of your hand as you move up your body, towards your heart. Always brush towards the heart and follow each stroke with a sweep of your hand. See these images below from Natural Beauty for more detailed instructions.