If you really want to boost your energy, increase your circulation. Scrubbing your body with this refreshing exfoliating skin polish not only will get your skin glowing, it will energize your whole body. Follow up with a cold-water rinse and you will feel like you just went for a dip in the ocean—better than a cup of coffee. MAKES 2 OUNCES
• 3 to 5 drops bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, peppermint or lemon essential oil, optional for aromatherapy
• 1⁄4 cup coarse sea salt or kosher salt
• 1 loofah sponge
1. Add essential oil to salt, if desired. To use: In the bath or shower, pat the sea salt onto damp skin and gently run the loofah over your skin in a circular pattern. Pay particular attention to classic rough skin spots such as elbows, knees and heels, and avoid your face and other sensitive areas.
2. Rinse well with warm water followed by a cool-water rinse, and pat your skin dry. Moisturize well with a rich body oil or lotion.
Janice Cox is the co-author of EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press, 2009).
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