THE PROBLEM: When winter cold and dry indoor heat wreak havoc on skin it can become parched. Time to take action and restore the softness!
THE PLAN: You already know how helpful exfoliation is for rejuvenating and softening skin, but using the sugar-and-oil scrub I described last week is not the only method. One super-fast and easy way to exfoliate and soften skin is with plain and simple baking soda. Another involves good old-fashioned Epsom salts.
For the face: In the palm of your hand, blend your favorite cleanser with a small amount of baking soda. Use the paste to give your face a gentle exfoliation. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat skin dry, and apply a light layer of sesame oil.
For the body: Add a very generous amount of baking soda to a warm (not super-hot) bath. You need to add enough baking soda to make the water very cloudy. Now soak, soak, soak. For an even more dramatic effect, make a paste of Epsom salts and your favorite shower gel in the palm of your hand, and use it to scrub down your skin while you’re soaking. (This tip is for your body only, as I believe Epsom salts are too abrasive to use on the face.)
THE RESULTS: When you gently exfoliate this way, it not only removes the dull old cells, but allows skin to more rapidly and fully absorb the products you’ll then apply. Your skin becomes deliciously soft and velvety, feeling practically newborn.