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Body & Soul is featuring an easy recipe for a skin care product every week this summer. Each recipe uses items that are available in Bermuda. Pink sand polishTake three parts medium-coarse pink beach sand and mix with one part of your favourite base oil. Virgin olive oil is good for rich conditioning on very dry skin, while safflower oil is light and will work well for normal, combination and even oily skin types. Mix the two ingredients together and add a few drops of lavender (three per part of base oil) and/or tea tree oil (two per part of base oil; one when used with lavender). Rub the resulting mixture in a circular motion in one direction on clean elbows and/or heels. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and moisturise or apply cooling gel.

Low-priced items and, wherever possible, ingredients that are free are used. This section offers you not only a chance to save money, but also to make a product with either all-natural, or mostly-natural ingredients. No matter what, you know first-hand everything that's gone into your product because you put it there.

In the summer we bare more of our skin to the public than in other seasons. Soft, supple and radiant are qualities we'd all like to be able to attribute to our skin, but the truth is hardened skin on the elbows and feet can present us with challenges. While an expensive store-bought scrub or trip to the spa might work, so will this super simple home-made scrub. In fact, I got the recipe from beauty therapists at two different spas on-Island, who said it's what they use in their salons. OMG!

The fragrant oils are optional but will give the added benefits of aromatherapy. Lavender is an antiseptic and antibacterial and has been used for centuries to calm skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis. It also stimulates cell growth which is important after the rough skin has been exfoliated.

Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. It is also anti-viral and anti-fungal and works well on athlete's foot.

Please note, it is best to make this fresh every time you need it. The sand particles will absorb the oil if stored, and reduce the efficacy of the exfoliant.

Pink sand polish: This foot scrub uses local pink sand and a bit of oil.

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Published August 09, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 09, 2011 at 9:38 am)

Make it your self

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