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At Home Body Treatments You Can Make in 5 Minutes

MD Alexandra Dorobantu
Dermatologist
On Jul 12th, 2021
Body Glow-Up
Episode 4

Maintain your healthy glow with easy home-made body scrubs with natural ingredients and learn about adding oils to your moisturising lotions for enhanced results. For radiant skin all year, tackle skin concerns such as cellulite, dryness, and itchiness.

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In this last article of the Body Glow-Up mini-series, we look at-home scrubs to improve the skin's appearance and nourish it. Furthermore, we look at what oils to mix with your body lotions to add radiance to your skin or help alleviate dryness, itchiness, or the appearance of scars. Finally, to achieve baby-smooth skin, read our advice on different body moisturisers and ingredients that will benefit your skin.

You deserve to relax and pamper yourself every day, but if you don't have free time and money to visit a spa, why not try a few revitalising treatments from the comfort of your own home? These do-it-yourself spa treatments will help you relax your body and mind.

Home-Made Body Scrubs Tackling Cellulite and Dry Skin

Brown Sugar

Exfoliation is crucial for removing dead cells from the top layer of the skin while maintaining it supple and smooth. To make a nourishing body scrub, combine brown sugar and olive oil, using about twice as much brown sugar as olive oil.

You may also use honey, which is good for dry, dehydrated skin, and lemon or orange essential oil to give it a fresh smell. Then, in the shower, massage the scrub all over your body in circular movements, paying particular attention to rough areas like your elbows and feet. If you want to upgrade your shower routine, check these seven steps recommended in a previous episode of the Body Glow-Up mini-series.

Coffee

One of the most common women's concerns is the appearance of cellulite. It is important to know how cellulite develops and what are some underlying causes. So, when fat cells accumulate beneath the skin, cellulite appears. Your genes, body fat percentage, and age may influence the amount of cellulite you have and its visibility. The thickness of your skin also affects cellulite appearance.

Women's fat distribution is more apparent than men. This is because collagen fibres divide the underlying fat into numerous pockets between the epidermis and the muscle. In addition, cellulite can become more noticeable when your skin thins and loses suppleness as you age. 

Coffee is another well-known ingredient that works great for cellulite. Make a simple coffee body scrub by mixing 5-6 tablespoons of olive oil with a half cup of grounded coffee. Gently massage to the affected areas and cover with some cling film. Rinse with lukewarm water after 25-30 minutes. What you will notice right away is the softness of your skin and level of hydration. Learn more about mechanical exfoliation in our previous article "How to Exfoliate Your Body Like A Pro".

Aromatherapy and Massage Oils

Taking a moment to care for your body will improve your overall health and wellbeing. A good body massage will refresh, energise, and revitalise all your senses. It can help your body fight stress and anxiety, alleviate muscular pain, swelling, and stiffness, and enhance your overall mood.

In addition, a post-workout massage can be something to look forward to besides the benefits of physical and mental stimulation of your training. If you need a reward after a workout to stay motivated, a massage will fit perfectly in your after-training routine.

You can achieve a spa-like feeling at home by adding a few drops of essential oils to your body lotion. Then, massage gently to completely relax and destress. My favourite massage oils include avocado, CBD, sweet almond, sesame, and olive oil.

Avocado Oil

When treating skin problems like dryness or itchiness, avocado oil is an excellent choice. Avocado oil is a thick and rich oil with green undertones and is ideal for addressing dry skin issues while also adding a bit of radiance to your skin. 

Most people have dry skin for various reasons, including environmental factors, weather changes and a lack of minerals in their daily diet. But did you know that skincare should be adapted to the season? Our Winter Skincare mini-series focuses on how to change your routine to suit the cold weather and the most common issues and remedies for beautiful skin all year round.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is gaining a lot of attention and positive feedback from the beauty and medical community. CBD oil is produced from the hemp plant and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties that positively impact pain and anxiety. You can mix 2-3 drops of CBD oil with your body lotion and use it after an intense workout. Together with your post-workout stretches, the mixture will relieve muscle tension and body pain.

Sweet Almond Oil

Almond oil is an excellent moisturising and replenishing ingredient for normal to dry skin. Find out more about your skin type in the Skinimalism mini-series.

Sweet almond oil softens, nourishes, and hydrates eczema-prone skin while also reducing the appearance of scarring and stretch marks. In addition, it has a shimmery effect and gives your skin a natural glow. Therefore, I recommend using it along with your after-sun lotion to enhance your summer tan.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is an excellent body massage oil that has detoxifying effects. Packed with tocopherols and Vitamin E, sesame oil has been used to nourish the skin and promote overall health since ancient times. Furthermore, it is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

To nourish your body and hair, mix equal parts of sesame oil with neem oil. Neem oil has significant hydrating properties and enhances the benefits of sesame oil when used together. Leave the oil blend for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a multipurpose product with incredible therapeutic benefits. Olive oil is well-known for its moisturising effect, which contributes to the skin's health and radiance. It helps reduce muscle soreness, tension and immerses your body in deep relaxation. In addition, it contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe irritated, inflamed skin.

One crucial issue I want to address about olive oil is that you should NOT use it for tanning purposes. I know many people want to achieve a perfect summer tan, but oils are not the answer. You can get burned and cause severe, irreversible damages to your skin. Always apply a sun protection factor (SPF) lotion when you are exposed to the sun. 

If you suffer from any skin condition, the best thing to do is to check with your dermatologist to see if he agrees with home-made body products. Also, always patch test first to avoid allergic reactions and irritations.

Use #DHBodyGlowUp on social media for more ideas for your body care routines and share your results. If you want to get the most of the Body Glow-Up mini-series, check out tips on exfoliating your skin, seven ways to upgrade your shower routine and advice to achieve baby-smooth skin.

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