Body polish is a treatment for skin which is normally done by using natural abrasive products that are massaged, scrubbed and rubbed onto your skin. “A body polish is a popular body treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft,” says Dipikka Topiwala, beauty expert says. “It’s like a spa where you scrub your body and remove the dead skin cells,” she adds. This in turn rejuvenates your skin making it look healthy and supple. Body polish treatments stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation. They help improve your skin texture and complexion.
Consider your skin type
One of the most important aspects of body polishing is to ensure that you select the right polish depending on your skin type. Choosing the one that suits your skin will ensure that your skin is well-hydrated and will avoid buildup of rashes and acne. FOR DRY SKIN: A brown sugar based polish is ideal for your skin. It involves a gentle moisturising scrub treatment for the body. The scrub contains moisturising and hydrating properties. Blended with fresh scents of sandalwood, rose aroma oils and geranium — the antibacterial properties also help in revitalising your skin. FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: Says Sneha Prabhudabholkar “Those with sensitive skin, should ideally opt for a gentle and soothing body polish. Shea butter blended with Chamomile or lavender aroma oils will give a calming effect on your skin, as well as your mind.” You can also choose one that contains vitamins A, E and C or antiinflammatory and natural healing properties.”
FOR OILY SKIN: If you have oily skin, opt for treatments with sea salts. Sea salt exfoliates your skin while killing bacteria that causes acne. It also contains vital minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium and chloride which help the skin stay healthy, young and glowing. Essential oils like lemon, tea tree, basil and eucalyptus also help due to their anti-bacterial and germicidal effects. FOR NORMAL SKIN: Coffee grounds, rice bran, pecan hulls and sugar work best for those with normal skin. Mix these ingredients with massage oils that contain avocado, grape seed, sesame and other aromatic essential oils. Says Mohd. Amjad, “Some key ingredients like real fruit pulp (papaya or pineapple) can be used along with rose petals to enhance your body polish.” Fruits are especially blended to moisturise and nourish your skin. The natural fruit acids cleanse and detoxify the body to give you a radiant and glowing complexion.
Benefits of body polish
Not only are body polishing sessions relaxing and rejuvenating, the experience leaves you with healthier, smoother and glowing skin. It is also an effective way to treat sun-damaged, dry and dehydrated skin, clogged pores and acne conditions. The aim of a body polish treatment is to exfoliate dead skin cells from head to toe and oxygenate your skin to encourage new cell growth. It is also often used before a massage or other therapeutic treatments such as a body wrap.
Make it at home
Says K. Veena, beauty expert, “Body polish treatments with oatmeal scrub, yoghurt milk or cream and jojoba oil works wonders for your skin. Also, it is extremely easy to make your own body polish at home using ingredients which are easily available in the market.” Brown sugar and oatmeal polish Mix three tablespoons of brown sugar with three tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of instant oatmeal. Stir all ingredients until evenly distributed. Apply all over your body. Massage it for about five minutes in circular motion slowly. Then rinse.
Sea salt polish
Mix one cup of pure fine sea salt, ½ cup honey, 10 drops of tea tree oil and two tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your skin, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse.