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Summer Body Care for Ethnic Skin

At some point or another you're bound to visit the beach or the spa. For some of you it might be both and more than once. As Ethnic beauties, caring for your body is top priority when warm weather arrives and you've still got a few weeks left. After all, we have a tendency to want to expose more of it, oftentimes more than we should.

But there's nothing like a great body mask or salt bath and what if you could get both of these treatments while at the beach? You can!

Body Mask

While most of you equate mask with your face it not necessarily just for that part of your skin. Mud mask for your body are actually quite easy to do. Pasty or creamy in texture, mask will actually nourish and soften your skin.
When you're visiting the beach, the children teach you that mud is fun to play in. They make castles and animal shapes out of the sand by adding water to it.

But what if you took a page from their book and wet the sand and apply it to your body? You'd be using what Mother Nature has given you to naturally nourish and soften your skin but you'll be removing dead skin cells as well.
Whether the sand is dry or wet it is a great way of exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells from its surface.

Dead Sea Salt

The Dead Sea has the highest concentration of salt of any body of water in the world. It's possible for your body to actually feel weightless when floating in the Dead Sea.

But what if you can't visit the Dead Sea? The next best thing would be to use Dead Sea Salt and create a similar experience. What you're really trying to replicate is the saltwater experience. Saltwater is especially cleansing and healing to your body. It's known to help draw out toxins. The salt water is very similar to your body fluids and blood plasma. In a salt water bath, the water enters your skin and both cleans out toxic filled fluids and replaces it with clean fluids.

If you can find a salt water pool it is an entirely different kind of swim. It doesn't contain the chlorine found in regular swimming pools.

Even though it's not the Dead Sea, the water that you have access to from the ocean will be a great way to get that salt bath I talked about earlier.
After you've given yourself a mud mask, you can jump right into the ocean and rinse it off with the salt water.

Rather Do It At Home

Here are simple recipes for creating your own Dead Sea Salt Bath and mud mask:

Dead Sea Salt Bath

1/2 cup of Dead Sea Salt
2 tablespoons of jojoba, sesame, olive or almond oil

Mix the salt and oil together and rub them all over your body. This will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Then get into a tub of water and soak. Not only will it remove the salt scrub but it will provide you with some very relaxing moments for yourself. Short on time, rinse it off in the shower and you’re done.

Body Mud Mask

2 tablespoons of mud or volcanic clay (you can typically find them in health food stores)

2 teaspoons of water (add more if you want a thinner consistency)

Mix the ingredients together to make a slightly gummy paste. Apply it over your entire body and feel the tingling as it dries. Step into your tub. You can either scrub it off with your hands or get into a tub of water and allow the mud to become one with the water. It might be a good idea to put some type of mesh cloth over the drain to catch any clay particles that don't dissolve in the water.

That's it for this week,

As always...

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