The Health and Beauty Benefits of a Body Scrub

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When we hop in the shower, most of us have a variety of hair and skin care products lined up along the ledge—everything from moisturizing shampoos to soothing shaving creams. But among all of those options, do you have a good body scrub? An essential for maintaining healthy, smooth skin. The combination of cleansing, exfoliation and massage provides benefits that go beyond what a bar of soap can do.

The skin is the largest organ on the body. The cells on your skin, head to toe, shed daily to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. Many of these cells drop of, but many more remain attached to your skin, building up to create dry, flaky skin.

To assist your skin to slough off these old cells and to help keep the skin clean and rejuvenated, use scrubs suitable to the requirement e.g. softer scrub for your face, circulation boosting for problem areas like thighs and upper arms and an general scrub to exfoliate as well as moisturise.

A scrub works in a few ways: As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin easier.

 

Types of Body Scrubs

Typically, a body scrub has larger exfoliating particles than a facial scrub as the skin on your body isn’t as delicate. Common ingredients in scrubs are salt, fine or rougher sugar, plant fibres and crushed nut shells.

Salt scrub can generally be used as an all-over, head to toe scrub as the granules will provide exfoliation, but are not too rough. As salt may sting, you should however not leave the scrub on your skin after exfoliating.

Sugar scrubs tend to be used for both exfoliation and to boost circulation. This assists the body to eliminate toxins by encouraging more blood to the surface of the skin.

 

How to Use a Body Scrub

If your skin is healthy and firm and without blemishes or rashes, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thinner skin, limit a good buffing to once a week. More is not always better.

Hold off on running the water in the shower and spend a few minutes using your hands to rub your scrub in circular motions onto dry skin. If you are exfoliating your body, start at your feet and work upwards till you reach your shoulder area.

If you are exfoliating your face, be gentle. The skin on the face is thinner than the rest of the body and generally more sensitive to, so don’t be rough. Use a scrub designed to be used on the face.

Turn on the water and rinse, using your hands to help remove any remaining granules. If you’re short on time, massage the scrub all over your body and rinse during your normal shower routine.

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

Do you use a self-tanner? Try a non-oily body scrub before applying any tanning lotion to guarantee an even application. By removing the dead skin cells, you’ll avoid splotches and dark spots, especially around your knees and elbows. Body scrubs are also great for removing self-tanner from your body.

 

When Not to Use a Body Scrub

If you have a sunburn or are experiencing a rash or other skin condition, give the body scrub a rest. Some of the ingredients—and the actual rubbing—could further irritate your skin. You’ll also want to skip it after shaving if your scrub contains salt.

 

The right Scrub for you

To find the scrub to suits your requirement, check out Hemptons Vanilla Rosehip Salt Scrub, Mocha Java Cellulite Scrub or the Lime & Ginger Face Scrub.

 

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Essential Fatty Acids

PerriconePromiseThis is what Dr. Nicholas Perricone has to say about Essential Fatty Acids in his book, “The Perricone Promise :

“Of the two dozen fats essential to human health, only two cannot be made by our body and must be obtained from foods. Accordingly these two nutrients are called Essential Fatty Acids. Omega-6 EFA, called Linoleic Acid (LA), is abundant in cooking oils. The other, Linolenic Acid (LNA), is an Omega-3 EFA. Among their many functions, each type of EFA is critical to immunity, brain function and the structure and integrity of cell membranes. Cell membranes are a key part of the body’s defense system and increased permeability – which can result from a diet deficient in EFAs – can have devastating effects, allowing free radicals and toxins a passageway into the cell, where they can wreak the kinds of havoc that weaken immunity and accelerate aging. The stiffening of the cell membrane results in decreased flexibility, which reduces nutrient intake and also desensitizes important hormone receptors for insulin and other hormones.

EFAs also nourish the skin, hair, mucous membranes, nerves and glands and help prevent cardiovascular disease. The polysaccharide peptide food that I recommend owes its wonderful skin-beautifying power to the fact that it is a very rich and very bio-available form of these Essential Fatty Acids. These Acids are the major building blocks of the fats in human bodies and foods and important sources of energy.

EFAs are also he precursors to the hormone-line compounds prostaglandins, which regulate many body function on a moment-by-moment basis”.

Oils with SPF Factors

Couple at BeachAs much as we need them to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun, not all sunscreens are that good for you. There are however, some products that are non-toxic ‘sunscreens’. Many plants have developed their own UV protection and it is the extracts or oils from these plants that can provide us with natural protection. The SPF ratings for these extracts and oils are not as high as synthetically produced products but they are safe for us and for the environment.

As in all things, the best approach to UVR protection is one of moderation:

  • be responsible, limit the amount of time in the sun
  • stay indoors in the most extreme UVR times of the day
  • use clothing, hat and sunglasses as barrier protection as much as possible
  • apply plant derived sunscreens to exposed skin

Natural plant oils and extracts and SPF

There are a number of natural ingredients that offer sun protection. They are:

  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil – SPF Between 30 And 50 (Seriously!)
  • Carrot Seed Oil – SPF 30
  • Wheat Germ Oil – SPF 20
  • Hazelnut Oil – SPF 15
  • Coconut Oil – SPF 10
  • Soybean Oil – SPF 10
  • Shea Butter – SPF 6-10
  • Macadamia Oil – SPF 6
  • Hemp Seed Oil – SPF 6
  • Jojoba Oil – SPF 4
  • Rice Bran Oil – SPF 4
  • Sesame Oil, Avocado Oil, Peanut Oil – SPF Between 4 And 10

Many of these extracts have other benefits besides UV protection. Because the nutrients in Hemp Seed Oil so closely resemble our body’s natural lipids, it is easily absorbed into our skin. It has natural anti-bacterial qualities and is one of the world’s richest sources of essential fatty acids, essential amino acids and other nutrients important for healthy keratin formation.

Although these plant extracts do not have high SPF, they do NOT interfere with the absorption of vitamin D like the synthetic chemical sun protection products. Plant extracts may also assist with cell repair.

A good “after sun” is Vitamin E – to help repair some of the damaged caused.

So, SPF it naturally!

Hemp Seed Oil For Skin Hydration – Improving Elasticity – Perfect Anti-Aging Prevention!

Hemp Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, balances dry skin, fights skin inflammations, helps heal skin lesions, has anti-oxidants and contains moisture balancing properties.

The hemp seed oil is non-greasy, readily absorbs into the skin, is an emollient and has rejuvenating and moisturizing properties.

Adult users of Hemp Seed Oil have reported softer skin and stronger nails and hair after only a few weeks of using 1-2 Tablespoons per day as a supplement to their regular diet.

When included as a typical application, the vitamins and minerals present in Hemp Seed Oil are easily absorbed through the skin, resulting in a more vitamin and mineral enriched body care product.

Hemp Seed Oil may be added to any body care or cosmetic product, including creams, lotions, facial or body oils, massage oils, shampoo, conditioner, shaving products, lip balm, soap and any other product. In hair care products, Hemp Seed Oil increases elasticity, manageability and shine.

Natural Body Care

Rather than loading our products up with harsh chemicals or unnecessary fillers, we offer you only the good stuff.

 

Embrace the riches of the natural world with luxurious bath and body products from Hemptons. Lose yourself in the wonderfully relaxing aromas of our restorative bath and body products. Whether it’s rich, indulgent body butters, hand and body lotions, our natural skin care treatments have all the essentials your body craves. See how our time-tested remedies and revitalize, while delivering a tranquil feeling of well-being.

 

It’s long been held that you’re only as healthy as what you put in your body. We believe the same goes for what you put on it.

 

Since you are a part of nature, it only makes sense that natural products work better because they work in harmony with your body. Natural ingredients nurture your skin and hair with wholesome nutrients that your body chemistry is familiar with. Your skin can more easily metabolize natural ingredients over synthetic ones.

 

What’s more, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it gets absorbed into your body. In fact, studies show that 60% of the ingredients you put on your body get absorbed into it. Synthetic chemical ingredients with a potential human health risk can have potentially harmful effects. It’s enough to make you think twice about letting your skin and hair soak up these synthetic ingredients.

 

That’s why at Hemptons, we use natural ingredients and natural processes to ensure that the products we make for you, our consumers, are the safest, most effective and most natural they can possibly be, to help maximize your well-being.

 

Our bodies absorb live plant nutrients far more effectively than products which contain synthetic and chemical ingredients. Hemptons body care products therefore include mostly natural raw ingredients.

 

Our products are based on the beneficial properties of Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Butter. Hemp Seed Oil help reduce skin discomfort by soothing & restoring dry skin and increasing the natural moisture retention capacity.

 

With regular use, body care products containing Hemp Seed Oil help slow down the effects of skin aging and leave the skin smooth, soft and moisturized. In hair care products, Hemp Seed Oil imparts gloss and manageability to hair, bringing relief from dry scalp or hair help with damage from blow-dryer heat, chemical perms, coloring or sunlight.

 

We readily admit to using preservative in our products to guard against bacterial and fungal contamination and degradation. These preservatives are used very conservatively to just keep our products fresh and usable for an extended period of time. However, they are not Paraben based or any other formaldehyde forming preservative. Instead we use mild and where possible natural but effective alternatives.

 

Our Shampoos and Shower Gels do not contain any Ammonium/Sodium Laurent and/or Laureth Sulfates. We use Ecocert approved natural and mild soaping/foaming agents – all of which are biodegradable e.g. they become inert and will therefore not affect ground water etc. Our creams and lotions also don’t contain any Polyethylene or Propylene Glycol, mineral oils, liquid paraffin’s or any other petroleum based products. Instead we use natural oils and waxes to moisturize, lubricate, pamper and heal. The Oils used in our products are organically grown and are cold-pressed.

Hair Care – An alternative way

There isn’t much difference chemically between your hair and the fine wool that comes off a pashmina goat (Pashmina refers to a type of fine cashmere wool). There are at least 100 000 hair fibers on our head and, like wool, each stretches and absorbs moisture.Because our hair is so much like a fine fibre in our wardrobe, we suggest that we should care for it as we do a fine cashmere sweater. Think on how you treat a fine wool sweater – do you wash it with the usual washing detergents? No, you use a special soap and softner.Sodium/Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate or Laureth Sulphate, detergents/soaping agents used in most shampoos, can also be found in dishwashing liquids – and while they do a great job of degreasing and cleaning our pots and pans in the kitchen by cutting grease. That is however, the last thing you want for your hair! Our hair should always retain some natural oils because by stripping the hair of necessary (natural) moisture and amino acids, it makes it dull, dry, frizzy and easily breakable.

Care for various types of Hair

Straight Hair Characteristics and Care

When clean and healhty, the scales of the cuticle, (outermost protective layer of hair) of each hair strand naturally lie flat, reflecting light that results in high shine. Straight hair swings and is not prone to frizzing. Each strand can be either fine, medium or coarse in texture and the hair in general can be either oily, normal or just shy of dry. Straight hair can withstand the most abuse, but should still be treated very gently.Care :Shampooing of straight hair should be limited to twice per week. On non-shampoo days, use a simple hair rinse and a scalp massage with your favourite conditioner. This routine will keep your hair and scalp clean and at the same time maintain the natural protective oils on the hair strand.

Wavy  Hair Characteristics and Care

Wavy hair can often masquerade as nearly straight during times of low humidity or semi-curly and slightly frizzy when humidity is high. The surface scales of the cuticle don’t lie quite as flat as those of straight hair, allowing more moisture to penetrate (and escape) the shaft. This hair tends to shine when healthy and can be fine- or medium textured (though it isn’t often course). It does tend to be slightly drier than straight hair.Care :Limit shampooing to once or twice a week. On non-shampoo days, use a simple hair rinse and a scalp massage with your favourite conditioner. This routine will keep your hair and scalp clean and at the same time maintain the natural protective oils on the hair strand.

Curly / Kinky  Hair Characteristics and Care

As a rule, each strand of curly hair is very fine and fragile, though due to the volume of curls, it may appear that the hair is quote thick or course. Actually, curly haired people have less hair on their head than their straight and wavy haired counterparts. This hair type is generally very dry, porous and brittle, mainly because the natural oils at the scalp have a hard time reaching the ends. Overall, it must be handled with the utmost care. Because the cuticle stands out instead of lying flat, curly hair tends to have less shine. When it is healthy however, curly hair can shine and be simply gorgeous.Abandon the idea that you must shampoo your curls daily, or even weekly. The trick is to not think of shampooing .. but rather of moisturizing. Shampoo, even mild ones, are drying as they strip the natural oils from the scalp and hair. Care :Simply perform a daily water rinse through and scalp massage with a super-dydrating conditioner, follwed by a thorough rinsing in the shower to loosen and get rid of excess sweat, sebum and conditioner.

If you follow this regimen, you will start to notice far more “good hair days” because your hair is not constantly dehydrated.

Conditioner becomes your best friend. If you feel you must shampoo, then do so only once a week.

Treatments

All hair types can do with a weekly treatment. This not only gets rid of sweat, sebum and build-up, it also nourishes your scalp and hair.

Food

As Mary Beth Janssen explains in her book “Naturally Health Hair : Herbal Treatments and Daily Care for Fabulous Hair“, the root of each hair on our head is buried in the dermis of your scalp and is in direct contact with the bloodstream via capillaries and therefore “any imbalances or toxicity in the body are interpreted and transferred to the hair through the blood supply”.

I am sure you’ve noticed that in times of stress, hormonal fluctuations, illness and poor diet or when you are exposed to pollutants – your hair registers these changes much as the rest of your body may.

Therefore, where possible, ditch the stress, wear a hat in the sun, minimize the use of heat appliances such as hair dryers, curling tongs, straighteners etc. and start eating a balanced diet full of hair essentials full of good protein, biotin, iron, iodine, Vitamin B12 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.