sand is great for treating cellulite, it's what brazilian woman use and look at them!
So glad to see the above review! I, too, have used sand (mixed with either olive or grapeseed oil and a small amount of glycerin) to create a highly effective facial exfoliant scrub. It also works great on the body and especially the feet.
Many of you are probably in shock: "WHAT?!! She used SAND on her face?!! Is she CRAZY?!!" That's exactly the reaction the skin care product companies WANT you to have. YOUR MONEY is what keeps them afloat.
Everyone needs to wise up. Don't believe the hype or propaganda that skin care product manufacturers espouse, claiming sand or ground nut or seed shells or anything with an 'irregular shape' shouldn't be used to exfoliate the skin-- it's a load of crap designed to make you buy their products (anyone who's used manual exfoliants formulated with expensive, synthetic, 'regularly shaped' perfectly spherical beads knows they do a piss-poor job at exfoliating). The skin care product manufacturer's don't want us to know how cheap, simple and easy some of these products are to make and use ourselves. You MUST slightly irritate/damage/scratch/scrape the skin surface IN ORDER to remove the uppermost dead skin/cell layer. There's no way around it. ALL effective manual exfoliants--even loofahs, brushes or nubby washcloths--do the same thing, and it doesn't matter becausethe damage is only superficial and temporary- the new skin grows back UNDAMAGED and replaces the skin that was superficially "damaged".
BTW, don't you find it soooooo ironic that these same companies that warn so strongly against using sand, nut/seed shells, etc. to manually exfoliate (since they can "damage" the skin) then turn around, create and market chemical exfoliants (aha and bha peel products) which they ADMIT are damaging to the skin, in fact insisting (correctly) that the damaging and healing process is the ONLY way to get rid of old, dull skin cells and renew/regenerate new/fresh/younger-looking skin . Furthermore, everyone knows that the strong chemical peels that women pay big money for to salon/spas or dermatologists are ALL CLEARLY temporarily damaging.
FYI, you can easily and cheaply make your own VERY EFFECTIVE exfoliant peels that are just as good as the ones offered by salon/spas (tantamount to a light chemical peel) using naturally-occuring alpha-hydroxy acids via sour milk (lactic acid); raw puree or juice of: papaya, pumpkin, pineapple, or figs.
So, choose to EITHER manually exfoliate daily OR chemically exfoliate periodically, OR perform a combination of both in moderation--just don't OVERDO it.
So! Don't know if sand (real, from a beach) is already up somewhere, but thought I'd toss in the best free exfoliator I can think of.
Caution: anyone who doesn't have skin like mine - oily, big pores, bit dull / slow turnover (wow I'm a catch) - should probably not try rubbing sand on her face. Especially if you have sensitive skin or active acne. I do tend to have acne, but had nothing happening at the time I tried this (having killed it, along with the top layer of skin probably, with Neutrogena).
Ok - went to a beach earlier this year, and used the sand to exfoliate my legs. Brought some back (for that, and as a memento of a lovely time).
Found my facial skin tired out and dull looking, and decided I ought to scrub. Remembered that the Body Shop used to actually sell sand for the face (not sure if they still do) at a relative premium. Then thought of how much dermabrasion costs.
So I chanced it, and wet my face, put roughly 1/2 a teaspoon of sand in my palm, added some face wash*, made a paste of it, and rubbed it (not very hard at all) around my face.
AMAZING result - smoother, softer skin, for peanuts. I moisturised afterwards. Did it again a day later, and my skin feels even better.
Wouldn't recommend doing this every day, but if you need a tune-up and meet the conditions I mentioned, it's free! and effective at shuffling off some of those dead skin cells.
Also, I would NOT follow this with any kind of AHA/BHA or retinoid, no way.
(*Arbonne something or other - it's in an orange bottle, & isn't drying, washes clean, seems to be ok with skin like mine.).
Found it - RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser. It's good.