Friday, May 25, 2007

sweets for the skin

Do you consider yourself a chocoholic? Does your sweet tooth begin to bite in the middle of the afternoon? While you may not want to indulge in sweet treats that can expand your waistline, you don’t have to give them up altogether. The good news is that sweets can still be a part of your normal routine – as long as you are using them in your skin care program rather than your diet. Delicious, decadent yummies like sugar, chocolate and honey can actually do wonders to your skin, and provide you with a whiff of something delectable at the same time. Whether you head to the spa for your sweet treatment or mix up a batch of cleanser at home, sweets can bring out the best in your skin.

Chocolate and Sugar and Honey, Oh My!

Chocolate therapy is a popular method to put the luster back into dry skin. You can find chocolate products for hair care, bath and body, and scented candles that will give you the complete aromatherapy experience. The smell of chocolate can stimulate the production of endorphins within the body, which can lead to relaxation, making chocolate good for the mind as well as the body. Of course, no one probably had to tell you that chocolate can make you feel good, but isn’t it nice to know that we can enjoy the benefits without the guilt of the calories?

There are few things that will feel more luxurious to your skin than a sugar scrub. You can find these products at any number of beauty supply shops or spas, or you can whip up a batch of your own in the comfort of your own kitchen. Try combining oats and brown sugar for a delightfully sweet scrub that will moisturize extremely dry skin. Combining pumpkin with sugar will result in a scrub that will satisfy the most discerning pumpkin pie lover. For the ultimate sugar scrub, combine white cane sugar with an oil like avocado oil, a bit of aloe gel and a couple of drops of essential oils for a truly moisturizing and cleansing scrub.

Honey is another sweet ingredient that will soften your skin. You can combine honey with any number of products to create a scrub or a moisturizer, depending on what your skin’s needs are. Try mixing honey with sweet almond oil for a decadent moisturizing experience. Honey is a great choice for skin that has been subjected to the elements all winter long, and a honey skin treatment will make you smell delicious as well.

If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, allow your skin to be indulged rather than your appetite. You will reap the benefits of your yummy treats and your skin and your waistline will be sure to thank you.


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