Wearing green to avoid a painful pinch is a fun tradition on St Patrick’s Day, but anyone can take the tradition a step further and add meaning by going green. “Going green” can relate to everything from purchasing organic, natural products to being less wasteful at home. The movement toward sustainable living is a noble effort that can only be successful through an increase in participation, so people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can use the symbolism of the color green as inspiration to use environmentally-friendly skin care techniques.
Green products are not always green in color. Any product that is marketed as being green includes ingredients that are natural, healthy for the environment and good for the body. There are usually no chemicals in these types of products.
Unfortunately, green skin care products have a reputation for being expensive. The good news is that there is no need for these products to cost any more than typical skin care products on the market today. People who are proactive about personal health and sustainability of the environment can concoct their own products at home.
To enjoy the benefits of going green this St. Patrick’s Day, consider putting together a simple, natural body scrub.
Gather sweet almond oil, mint essential oil and sea salt. These are all basic kitchen ingredients that can be found in most grocery stores.
To make the body scrub:
Use two parts salt for every one part of oil. One batch of the scrub involves mixing together one cup of salt and one-half of a cup of almond oil. The mint essential oil is used for fragrance and as a refreshing addition to the scrub. Only use a few drops of the mint; more can be added later if desired.
This scrub will last approximately one week when stored in a mason jar (or other airtight container). Coarse sugar can be substituted for the sea salt if desired.
Using the body scrub:
The scrub can be used in a warm shower. Apply the scrub directly to the skin by rubbing the mixture in circular motions on to the area to be conditioned. Make sure to rinse off all of the body scrub.
This mixture is an exfoliating scrub that gets rid of the flaky, dead skin that builds up over dry winter months. Oils act as a moisturizer, and the mint refreshes the skin.
There’s no need to spend a lot of money to feel healthier and go green on St. Patrick’s Day. Condition your skin for the upcoming spring months by using this simple, natural body scrub.
“Using natural, environmentally friendly products is something we take very seriously here at Skana, the spa at Turning Stone Resort and Casino where I work. It’s my pleasure to be able to share simple, useful tips like these for women to try right at home.” – Michelle Pino
I found a great acne scrub on Pinterest a few months ago that I use daily, and it is also green/organic:
1 cup sugar
1-2 tbs olive oil
1-2 tbs honey
Juice the lemon and mix everything together, wet your face, scrub gently, and let it sit for 5 minutes. This simple recipe has made a huge difference in my skin! I have tried Michelle’s scrub for my body, and it feels fantastic! Go pamper yourself!