I’ve been plagued with bumpy, red arms my entire life from a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. It is really common, affecting as much as 40% of the adult population. Essentially, the body makes an excess of the protein keratin, which gets stuck in the hair follicles and causes small red bumps. As a kid, I was never super aware of it until a friend would brush up against my arms and comment on their “sandpapery” quality. Luckily for me, my freckly self makes it hard to see, but I hate the way it feels: I’ve always wanted smooth, silky skin like that of my friends.
Not much has eradicated it, but I’ve found several things that seem to help. Along with diet (some people seem to find a correlation between gluten and their aggravated skin, mine gets worse with dairy) the best method of treatment I’ve ever done was to exfoliate and moisturize well.
Enter this gem:
After using this in the shower yesterday and today, my arms feel . . . almost smooth!
It is super simple, and I don’t have exact measurements for you all because I simply eyeballed it myself.
Good Enough To Eat Brown Sugar Scrub
Essential Oil of Choice (Optional)
1. Fill a glass jar not quite full with unpacked brown sugar (I used an old natural peanut butter jar–you can see part of the label is still there!)
3. Next, add your honey. Add slightly less honey than you did olive oil.
4. Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I love minty things, so I added 10 drops of peppermint and 5 of spearmint.
5. Stir it all together:
And enjoy your smooth, moisturized, happy skin!
Do you have any DIY beauty favorites?
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