Well it’s definitely Winter. While I seem to hold up to the cold better than others (growing up in Syracuse, NY will teach anyone) my skin has been feeling the effects. The fact that I also live in a different part of the city than many of my close friends, has meant that I’ve spent many a night crashing on couches, and not giving my body the care it deserves. The cold of winter can also get a bit depressing for me. It’s tough to get out and about, having to pile on clothes just to do so. Not to mention the limited hours of sun. I find that it’s especially important to step back and take care of yourself at this time of year. Although it did get a lot warmer this weekend, I decided to give my skin a little treat – both for its well being and for my mentality .
While at Whole Foods picking up ingredients for a cooking blogger meet up (stay tuned this weekend for the healthy treats we came up with) I grabbed some Home Health Almond Glow Rose Skin Lotion to make my own body scrub. I love this oil because it combines my two favorite skin benefitting ingredients – almond oil and vitamin E. It also smells like roses which is one of my favorite scents. You can purchase it in other scents if you wish, but I’m a big believer in the power of roses.
I combined 1/3 cup of the Almond Glow Lotion with about one cup of brown sugar and ten drops of lavender essential oil to make the scrub. It’s great because the brown sugar scrubs off the dead dry skin while the oil is deep moisturizing and full of antioxidants to nourish that fresh under layer. After putting the mixture together, I stuck it in a bell jar since it makes enough to last for a few scrubs. I was at a friend’s house when I showered. I knew that if my skin is feeling it, others’ must be too, so I left the extra in her shower as a little treat. My skin feels so great today – baby smooth. I will definitely whip up some more in a few days to use every so often for the remainder of these cold months. There’s nothing like a great nourishing scrub to help you feel good in your own skin and to hold up against the brutalities of winter’s.