The Pros’ Guide to Pampering
Pampering yourself can be as simple as adding an easy step to a daily routine―like dry-brushing your skin before showering―or as luxurious as kicking back in a bath once a week with rich creams and masks.
A Skin-Softening Salve
“I like to make homemade scrubs,” says New York City makeup artist Gucci Westman. “I don’t use an exact recipe, but my favorite mix is honey, used coffee grinds, brown sugar, oatmeal, ginger, and noni extract.” The latter comes from a tropical fruit (find it at health-food stores) and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Westman grinds about two cups of oatmeal, a natural skin soother, so that the scrub goes down the drain easily. Next, she adds a few handfuls each of coffee grinds and brown sugar to give the scrub its soft grit. Then she stirs in three or four spoonfuls of skin-nourishing honey, ginger, and noni. Before storing the batch in the refrigerator, she scoops out enough for a week into a jar, which she keeps in her shower, using it daily. “It smells lovely, and it’s gentle,” says Westman. “When my skin feels really dry, I add olive oil, too.”