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Oatmeal (plain rolled oats) – can be used as a base in a masque and as an exfoliant and it is good for soothing the skin.  It helps to soak up oil from the skin without leaving it dry.

Baking Soda – good for so many things, but can also be used as a mild facial and body exfoliant.  You can use it to brush your teeth and as a base in a body powder to pull perspiration away from the body.

Sugar (granulated, raw or turbinado) – a good facial and body scrub.

Honey – add to any mask as a hydrant to pull water into the skin.  Honey also has great antibacterial properties to help heal the skin.

Bananas and Avocados – both have lots of Vitamin D.  Add to any mask and eat some too!  Save the avocado pit.  Put the pit in the window sill and let it dry.  Once dried, crack open the pit with a hammer and run the pieces through a coffee grinder until very fine and keep in a glass jar.  Add the ground avocado pit to your next masque as an exfoliant.

Apricot Oil and Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons apricot oil (grapeseed or almond oil can be used as a substitute)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

In this recipe, sugar exfoliants, cleanses and stimulates the skin.  Apricot oil serves as a lubricator, moisturizer and rejuvenator.

Combine ingredients, stand in shower and rub mixture over the body.  Rinse with warm water.  Pat dry and moisturize. (Bardley, 1999).

Bardley, C. (1999). Secrets of the Spas: Pamper & Vitalize Yourself at Home. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, (p. 116).