Rub Off, Glow On

March 17, 2009

Right now I'd love to be enjoying a spa day complete with all the trimmings. Just to take an entire day to be pampered where my only decision is whether to get a seaweed wrap or sit in a mud bath. But since I live in a reality that is the polar opposite of a tranquil spa, I have to find little ways of indulging myself. One of my favorite treats is using a body scrub. Call me crazy but there's something therapeutic about a body exfoliator. Maybe while I'm polishing away those dead skin cells I'm also scrubbing away stress to simultaneously produce softer skin and a more relaxed state of mind.

So it won't come as a surprise to learn that my bathroom is host to a variety of body scrubs. Each one that I use is unique in its own way… or at least that's my excuse for having more than one. The Jurlique Body Exfoliating Gel is my go-to scrub. It's the only thing I've found that gets rid of ingrown hairs. The liquid gel formula easily pours onto my loofah and contains visible little bits of walnut shell to lift away dead skin. It also has plenty of antioxidant-power from green tea and grape seed extract to help revitalize and nourish. It's really effective (hence it's super hero-like effect in banishing my in grown hairs) but also gentle.

If I'm having a bad day and need to be uplifted I grab Weleda's Birch Body Scrub. Inside the green bottle is a stimulating blend of organic birch leaf extract and citrus essential oils. I can't even tell you how amazing it smells. The lime scent is not too potent, not too tart and incredibly addictive. It exfoliates with natural plant wax pearls to slough away my rough spots. With just one whiff I promise you'll be hooked too.

And then there's the 100% organic Inara Babassu Sugar Rub. It's totally different from our other scrubs because the polishing raw turbinado sugar particles are bigger than the other scrubbing agents. Plus it's paired with pure organic Babassu oil, which stays on your skin even after the scrub has been rinsed away. The luxurious formula is as close as you can get to an actual spa treatment. But it can also get a little messy-which, when I have the time, is half of the fun. After I towel off I don't even have to moisturize because my skin is still super hydrated from the oil.

A body exfoliator shouldn't be a daily thing. Scrubbing away at your skin that much will do more harm than good. Instead use a scrub just one or twice a week. Apply it in circular motions with your hands or a washcloth. Or for even more exfoliating action, use it with a loofah. Concentrate on the roughest areas of your body such as your knees, heels and elbows.