Sharing the tricks that have improved the wellbeing of my skin and added a healthy benefit to shower time. It happens to feature a DIY shower scrub thats so easy to make!
The first tip is dry brushing my entire body before I get into the shower. Say what?! Yes, dry brushing. This means taking a brush like this one and brushing your entire body immediately before jumping in the shower. It's important you are brushing in conjunction with your lymphatic system* in order to get all the benefits dry brushing has!
*Lymphatic system: a system in our body that works to eliminate toxins and filter the fluid within us. You could think of it like a filtration system that carries water (lymph) throughout our bodies and meets at large filtration centers ( in our armpits, collarbone area, and groin area) to filter out the water and get rid of pollutants (toxins via our immune system)!
So when doing this, you will want to brush from your fingers and toes up towards the core of your body when focusing on your extremities and down the core of your body towards the floor. I would recommend brushing in that order, extremities and then core. The dry brush works to stimulate the lymphatic system and exfoliate your dead skin cells. In order to achieve these effects you may find that the brushing causes redness and slight irritation when done vigorously. Adjust to comfort level knowing this is normal.
Other benefits that can result from dry brushing include: increased circulation, elimination of toxins, redistribution of fat deposits aka a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and brightened skin tone.
After dry brushing I get in the shower, rinse my entire body and then apply my DIY shower scrub. This step adds additional exfoliation to the skin but also allows the body to absorb magnesium sulfate (an ingredient in the scrub) calming the central nervous system and relaxing the body and mind!
This scrub lasts me about 1.5 months as a little goes a long way. All the ingredients are sold in bulk making the scrub itself super affordable and easily replaceable when you run low!
1 cup epsom salt
1.5 tablespoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 drops citrus essential oil (or your choice of scent!)
Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container or mason jar
Keep in a cool temperature and use as needed!
This is such an easy way to incorporate a ton of health benefits into your everyday routine without breaking the bank or taking up too much time. For me, that's a win any day! I hope you all enjoy these tips as much as I have! If you're lacking any of the ingredients/supplies or just would prefer the products I use, you can get them here: