Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Beachin' DIY Exfoliating Scrub

Polish - CoverGirl Outlast #147 Skylight
I don't know about you, but as much as I have anticipated this spring/summer, it arrived much quicker than I was prepared for. Before I knew it, I had two days until "go time" for the beach and the heels of my feet had no business seeing the light of day. So what's a girl to do but rush to the nearest nail salon and ask for a double pedicure with three repeat paraffin wax treatments and hope for the best. Unfortunately, all that hope wasn't enough as the "Heels of Heather" were still in need of some TLC.

Lucky for me, and lucky for all of you beach-goers, the sand on the beach is a natural exfoliate. By simply walking barefoot on the beach, you can remove dead skin cells from the bottom of your feet. You can also exfoliate your elbows and knees while beachin' around by rubbing small handfuls of sand in a gentle, circular motion. How do you like that?! The beginnings to a DIY pedicure doesn't sound so bad, does it?!

Now, I would say that the aforementioned is as "DIY" as you can get when it comes to exfoliation. However, I love the fact that you can take your beach sand a step further by making it a "moisturizing exfoliate" (which is the kind of exfoliate that my feet were in desperate need of). Curious to know how? Here is what you'll need...

  • Waterproof container
  • 3 tbsp. clean, dry beach sand
  • 3 tbsp. sweet almond oil
  • 1 Vitamin E capsule
  • 6 drops of rosemary oil

  1. Pour the clean, dry beach sand into your waterproof container
  2. Add the sweet almond oil to the sand and stir
  3. Poke a small hole in the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the oil into your sweet almond oil and sand mixture
  4. Finally, add the rosemary oil and stir until it forms a thick paste
  5. Gently exfoliate and wash with warm water
* Please note, this exfoliate is not to be used on your face.

Or...you can simply stick your feet in the water and let the fish take care of the dead skin cells as seen here in this real life Fish Pedicure: