Today is a non-food post about my favorite natural skincare secret! Ballerinas require glowing skin year round. They rarely have the luxury of gaining a few winter pounds or skipping the hassle of armpit shaving in favor of a body-hair-concealing sweater . For dancers, it is always bathing suit season. Rather, it is always bathing suit shopping season, since they are constantly surrounded by walls of mirrors and unflattering lighting. And yes, that is me! It’s my high school senior picture from 2011!
The Chemical Free Solution to Ballerina Skin
When I started ballet classes at 14, I quickly learned that the skimpy leotard plus tights attire demanded polished skin from head down to bruised toes. Unfortunately, ever since puberty, I’ve been plagued with the bane of swimsuit and leotard wearers: body acne.
Since the acne outbreaks began before my holistic lifestyle conversion, I attacked the blemishes with chemical laden, skin-stripping products. The toxins in these potions and lotions broke me out in hives and exacerbated the acne. Years later, when I discovered the healing power of real food, I found the chemical free solution to eliminate my body acne.
You are probably well versed in the typical skin regime touted by every beauty magazine: exfoliate and moisturize. Unfortunately, most of the products marketed for this simple routine contain toxic chemicals, take forever to apply, or cost a fortune.
Thankfully, the skin care savvy Japanese created a cheap miracle product called the Salux Cloth. This nylon/polyester cloth provides the perfect balance of gentle yet effective exfoliation for glowing skin. I use it from my neck down, working in circles to remove dead skin and blackheads. I apply firmer pressure to soften my heels, knees, and elbows. The 35″ length allows me to easily exfoliate my back, too.
One more tip: use this to exfoliate the underarms to prevent ingrown hairs–another dancer faux pas!
This cloth is a “green” choice, too. I am not telling you how long I’ve used this one cloth because you would probably be grossed out (hint: the length of time is measured in years). They last forever!
I adore my coconut oil for baking and cooking. But this multi-tasking lipid also makes a skin-softening moisturizer! After using my Salux Cloth in the bath or shower, I pat myself dry and apply coconut oil all over my slightly damp skin. I even work a tiny drop into wet hair for a natural leave-in conditioner.
Voila! Glowing skin for only a few minutes and a couple of dollars. That is a perfect reason to do a couple of spins and twirls… even if you don’t take dance classes!