Sea salt and cucumber make this once-a-week treatment a must for revealing radiant skin.
Your skin is more likely to look dull and ashy if there’s a buildup of dry, dead cells on the surface. To speed cell turnover and get great-looking skin this summer, you’ll need to exfoliate regularly. “Once a week should do it,” says Angelina Umansky, owner of Spa Radiance in San Francisco, who pampers her clients with this all-natural body scrub. The salt and the buttermilk’s lactic acid exfoliate, and the cucumber cools. It’s especially good before applying a self-tanner to get even color.
1 medium cucumber, peeled and grated (use a cheese grater)
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup sea salt or kosher salt
In a small bowl, mix the cucumber and buttermilk. Add the salt and blend into a thick paste. Then relax in a warm shower for 5 minutes, allowing the heat to open your pores. Apply the scrub, paying special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees, then rinse. (Use this scrub before shaving, because the salt can irritate freshly shaved skin.)