Friday, June 26, 2009

Must know bath basics, homemade scrubs and more for all your bathing needs

Beauty cannot happen without healthy bathing. Here are some do's and don'ts that will help you get that:

1. Never share bathing accessories like poufs, sponges or loofahs. This is unhealthy.
2. Washing these accessories with anti-bacterial soap is a great idea.
3. Ensure that they are completely dry before you store them.
4. You can wash poufs, sponges as well as loofah's in washing machines.
5. Replace these accessories every once, in two months.

A Do-It-Yourself Oatmeal Scrub For Sparkling Skin!
An oatmeal scrub? Yes, because oatmeal has the following properties:

. It soothes the skin
. It works as delicate abrasive
. It gets rid of impurities
. It works well for oily skin

All You Need Is:
18 inches of fine muslin cloth & 300gms of oatmeal

. Sew four or five small rectangular bags about 2 inches by 3 inches out of muslin.
. Leave one end of each bag open, fill each of the bags with oatmeal, and then sew it closed. In The Bath.
. Hold a bag under the tap of the running water. Allow the water to run through the bag, gradually soaking it.
. The oatmeal will mix with the water as it flows into the tub or bucket, softening the water.
. As you use the bag to scrub you'll be removing the impurities.


Get a radiant glow with these effective, economical and time-tested scrubs and washes:

. Apply a paste of boiled carrots to the face. Let it stand and wash off after 20 minutes to reveal blemish-free clear skin.
. Baking soda too makes for an invigorating facial scrub. Cleanse face with mild soap and water and slough off blackheads and other debris with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rinse to reveal a clear, zits-free face!
. Honey is a great skin food. Apply some on your skin and wash off with plain water after 20 minutes. Honey enhances the skin's moisture-retaining capacity, making it soft and supple. Adding a few drops of citrus juice to the honey will also enhance the quality of your skin.
. Grind 2 almonds and mix with one portion of lemon juice and a bit of honey. Use this scrub to get rid of persistent blackheads and hard-to-dislodge dirt.


Seaweed is actually algae that grow in the world's oceans. More and more skincare product manufacturers are now adding seaweed ranges to their product lines (Shahnaz Hussain and Biotique, to name just two). Opting for these products might be a good idea. This is because seaweed contains properties that can:
. Moisturize the skin
. Control oil production in skin
. Fight the effects of pollution on the skin and possibly protect against UV light.
The products that you could buy are bath additives or body washes containing seaweed as they help draw toxins to the surface of the skin. Using them would mean good skin care on a daily basis


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