Goodbye Boots, Hello Flip Flops!

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Spring weather is finally here!  YES!

I love spring.  I love the warmth in the air, the scent of things growing, hearing birds singing and seeing leaves and flowers emerge.  And I especially love throwing aside my detested (ahem, practical and warm) winter boots.

For those in hotter climates, you may not quite understand my excitement.  But I live in Ontario, Canada.  And this winter has been particularly long.  My pale legs and feet have been bundled up for months and are ready to emerge, feel the air and see the light of day.

Here’s a quick illustration of how much I appreciate the first signs of warmth.  A couple years ago we took a road trip to south Florida in February.  There were mounds of snow here when we left and I couldn’t wait to see green grass and feel a warm breeze.  Each stop we made en route, I took the opportunity to peel off another layer of bulky clothing (no, I didn’t end up naked).  And the biggest excitement for me was getting far enough south – in Tennessee, maybe? – when I could finally peel off my socks and put my flip flops on.

I’m sure the people in the hotel parking lot thought I was a maniac when I did my big happy dance outside.  But I didn’t care.

Anyway.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to get my feet and skin ready for fresh air.  Which means it’s time to pamper my neglected pasty white porcelain skin a bit more.

And since spa treatments aren’t always in the budget, I received an email from Michelle Pino from Skana spa in upstate New York at the perfect time.  She sent me the recipe for a DIY body scrub, and I had to try it.  By the way, this would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

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Here’s what Michelle sent:

While there are many day spas and products on the market that promise to give you perfect, glowing skin, many of these “solutions” tend to contain chemicals that may do more harm than good, aside from being overpriced. Instead, why not make your own skin-loving body scrub?  Making your own body products gives you complete control as to what you are putting onto your skin, it can be very inexpensive as you probably have many if not all of the ingredients in your kitchen, and it is fun!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

This is my all-time favorite body scrub for making my skin feel, soft, smooth, moist, and smelling absolutely divine.  It is easy very easy to make, yet it yields results that rival that of any spa or spa product on the market.

What You Need

Mixing bowl
1 cup of brown sugar
1 lemon (i.e. the juice of a whole fresh lemon)
2 to 3 tablespoons of honey (I use just enough to give some consistency to the mixture)
2 to 3 drops of vitamin E oil or 2 vitamin E capsules
Your favorite essential oil fragrance (optional)

Directions
In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, lemon, honey, vitamin E and optional essential oil fragrance.  You might need to add more honey or sugar to get the amount and consistency that you need.  If you prefer your mixture to be a little finer, use less of the brown sugar and more honey, and if you want the mixture to be “beefier,” use more brown sugar and less honey.  Once you have mixed the ingredients to your desired consistency, you are all set to apply your scrub.

After your bath or shower with water only, simply apply the scrub to areas of your body that you feel need attention.  If your whole body needs exfoliating and moisturizing, this is certainly an excellent whole-body scrub and can be used in the shower. The brown sugar exfoliates your skin to give it a fresh, youthful glow, lemon is a wonderful natural toner/astringent, honey is nature’s perfect moisturizer, and vitamin E adds more moisturizing effects as well as being a natural preservative.  The essential oil is totally optional.  If you choose to add an essential oil, take care to use only 2 to 3 drops, as essential oils are very powerful.  If you have any left over, place it in the refrigerator for your next use.  This scrub can be used as often as you like.

This body scrub will leave you feeling absolutely pampered and beautiful.  You skin will be very moist, hydrated, and will have a beautiful tone and glow.

“Skin and beauty treatments from Skana spa, an upstate new york spa where I work, include all natural and organic products including fresh herbs. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with others. I hope you enjoy this simple DIY body scrub!”- Michelle

Thank you Michelle!  My skin is very happy.  I even found the scrub gentle enough to use as an exfoliant for my face.

The recipe was very easy to make and it smelled and felt wonderful!  I added a couple of drops of lavender and used argan oil (which I typically use as a face moisturizer) instead of vitamin E, since I had the argan oil on hand.  My scrub was a bit runny for my tastes so next time I’ll use less honey.  And now I’m inspired to try a different essential oil… so many possibilities!

Okay, it’s time to get outside.

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Ida Mae West-Simone (@vision4Rkids) May 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Sing it sista! My daughter and I did the home pedi last weekend, and now I’m thinking we’ve got to do it again! What a change a month makes! It seemed winter would never end. And yes, Mother’s day does bring thoughts of pampering, and so it should. A well-cared for mama is better equipped to care for others. What a great post to welcome in the beautiful weather and favored footwear. Thank you for making my day!

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christineonthebrighterside May 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

Ah, home pedi with your daughter – perfect! That must have been so much fun! I look forward to doing that with my niece. (or with my sons, if my niece isn’t around and I’m feeling desperate). 😉

Absolutely, we moms need to focus more on self-care… for our overall well-being and, let’s face it, for our sanity! 🙂

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