Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sweet Beauty: Homemade Sugar-Based Scrubs

You may not realize it, but most of your exfoliating beauty products get their dead-skin blasting power from an ingredient you have in your pantry: sugar. While some products like to get more on the fancier side and use black, brown or keto sugar, regular white refined sugar can work wonders too. To learn some "decadent" homemade recipes for some exfoliators that can get your skin silky smooth just in time for spring, continue reading below.
Lip Exfoliator
Lip balms can really help nourish lips, but you need to first scrub away the rough patches on your pucker so the moisturizers can seep through. Because you don't want to risk swallowing anything that can be toxic, our exfoliator only contains natural and edible ingredients.
There are two different recipes. The first requires extra virgin olive oil. Stir one tablespoon of olive oil and equal parts sugar in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on your lips in a circular motion for one full minute. Remove the mixture using a warm, damp cloth.  The second recipe requires honey, which contains natural moisturizing properties. Combine   one teaspoon of honey with one tablespoon of sugar. It should create a really thick paste. Slather the paste on your lips, rubbing it in for a few minutes. Leave the paste on for a minute, until it dries. Then remove the paste with a warm, damp cloth.
Leg and Body Exfoliator
While we recommend our second recipe since all of the oils will make sure that your skin returns back to its supple state, if you're strapped for cash our first recipe using plain, unscented lotion can work magic too.
To make a budget-friendly body and foot scrub, all you need is ¼ cup of your favorite lotion and 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix the ingredients into a bowl. It should make a paste. If it's still a little too runny or too thick, add more lotion or sugar until the consistency gets right. Rub the paste all over your legs and arms, or any particular area that is rough—like your feet. Leave on for about a minute or so and wash off the sugar in the shower. Be careful since the lotion will cause the shower floor to get slippery.  You should feel new again.
For a luxurious exfoliator, you'll need 3 tablespoons of sugar, two tablespoons of jojoba oil and one tablespoon of castor oil. Rub the mixture onto rough patches of skin and like all the rest, leave on for about a minute before rinsing off.

Thanks to Angelita Williams for guest posting,  She welcomes your comments at her email  angelita.williams7

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Being The Only Gal

     Today at work was frustrating.  I'm one of 4 educators in a classroom consisting of a teacher and 3 para-educators.  3 of us have bachelor's degrees, one is working towards one.  3 of us are males and one is female (guess who?).  In my naiive days that meant fun.  I would have the attention of 3 men and since I am the only woman, I would be able to rely on those gentlemen, so capable at their jobs, to be gallant and help me with the workload in a classroom such as ours. I'm not saying do more than their share, but just have my back and do as much as I do.  Oh, by the way, the class is all boys ages 13 - 21, of various intellectual disabilities and behavioral issues ranging from autism to dyslexia and other more serious things.  (Thank goodness, for the one girl, age 17, who sometimes aligns with me, depending upon her mood. More often than not, however, she likes to try to show her own dominance with me, the only other female.)  
      I have found, however, that being the only female educator in that environment is sometimes a pain.  I find that since I am instinctively more nurturing than my male counterparts, I am the one that seems to be doing much of the talking, reasoning, helping, soothing, listening and  tutoring.  Granted, when it comes to disruptive behavior, a big, gruff male is the best way to stop it.  And in a classroom like mine, that male dynamic has to be there.  All of the students have caught on to this and they know that I've got a soft spot.  So they are always calling upon me.  In some ways, this is very fulfilling to me.  I love to help these kids, many of whom have not been given a fair shot in society and in their own homes.  Many of them are living in foster care or group homes for various reasons.  But they are so needy and it wears me out.  ESPECIALLY since the guys in the room are all standing around in a little group talking about the latest sports news, the latest cool 'You Tube' video or the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated and any other guy thing you can think of.  If they aren't doing that, they are on their laptop or one of the student computers or the iPads issued to the classroom.  What are they doing?  Gaming.  Oh, and don't get me started now that March Madness is here.  They are going to have 3 computers playing 3 different games so that they can make sure to get the scores immediately so that they can make sure they win their game predictions. 
     Don't get me wrong, I love them.  They're great.  I am so appreciative when they help me, because when they do, it's amazing and a lot gets done.  I think so much more could be done though.  These kids really need all of us to give our all.  I understand, too, that each one of us has burn-out phase.  Like I did today.  I actually had  it up to here (pointing to neck).  I  said, "Hey, I've got a dental appointment today.  I'm out.  See you later."  I left.  Checked out.  Gone.  I came home and took a long, deserved nap.  Maybe daylight savings time really got to me.  More than I thought.  
     Tonight me and my co-workers are getting together at our local 'Burger Supreme'.  It'll be great.   But I'm so over being the only gal in the room.