Sick Day Skin Care

DIY Gommage inspired by Skin & Tonic Gentle Scrub

It takes a very… dedicated… person to keep up with skin care when sick. Focus on rest! Still, when you’re starting to feel better, it’s a nice indulgence to show your skin some love. When I’m sick, my skin is usually feeling dry, sensitive, and flaky. I tend to take on a deathly pallor. I’m sure you understand. On just such a recent occasion, a sample of Skin & Tonic’s Gentle Scrub did the trick.

Exfoliating will rid your skin of that top layer of dead flakes, but exfoliation ranges from wiping cleanser away with a wash cloth to a full-on chemical exfoliation with alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids. Whatever your typical preference, when you’re tender and achy, scale that puppy back.

Because Skin & Tonic is an English brand and harder to obtain in the U.S. (though you can get it at LoveLula here, with free worldwide shipping), I thought it’d be fun to come up with a make-at-home version. We can make a similar, gentle exfoliator by combining the ingredients below.

  • 1/2 tsp Corn starch       This doesn’t actually do anything much for your skin, but it’s a       fantastic filler for sensitive skin because it’s benign and diffuses the effect of other ingredients.
  • 1 tbsp Clay                  Opt for gentler versions like pink clay or French green clay, rather than bentonite clay. They will still purify and refresh your skin.
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt            Hydrating with the fats, and brightening and exfoliating due to the lactic acid. Gentle but effective!
  • 1/2 tbsp Ground oats Very gentle, soothing. Combats redness and flakiness.
  • 1 drop geranium oil        Key words are brighten and balance.
  • 1-2 drops rosehip oil     Vitamin-rich and nourishing.

 

Blend to make a nice, creamy paste! You may add rose or lavender water as needed to improve consistency.

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