… will make the rough skin go away.’

Alright, alright! I’ll leave the skill of song writing to the experts and stick to things I have a little knowledge about.

So, for the skin you need pure brown sugar and not just any sugar; many brands use pure brown sugar as their base in face and body scrubs.  A face scrub is a ‘must’ in your bathroom cabinet, right next to your face cleanser!  Using a scrub to exfoliate your skin is not a spring cleaning process that needs to happen once a year; instead you must exfoliate your skin at least once a week.  This helps keep pores clear and gets rid of dry rough patches.

I tend to be a little bit of a nag when it comes to my friends and skin care; I like to blame my South Asian genes for that.  South Asians, and sometime Asians, do not have a filter and (at least the older generation) are not sensitive to how the other person might feel, but let me assure you it comes from a good place.

My best friend was a recent victim to this – I have been pestering her to get a facial for a while, as I thought her skin needed some pampering.  Then one day, out of the blue, she tells me she has booked herself facial at the Aveda salon.  Even though I would like to take credit for my nagging skills, it was not I who was the reason for this decision.  It was her nail stylist.

She was getting her nails done at her usual place and all of a sudden the nail stylist goes, ‘Hmmph! …’  My friend asks if everything is alright and nail stylist gives her a sharp look and says, ‘You need facial! Pores very clogged!’  Of course my friend was way too mortified to say anything but immediately made an appointment thereafter.

Anyway, if you want to avoid getting disparaged by your nail stylist about your skin, make sure you unclog those pores by exfoliating your skin regularly.

My favorite face scrub is the ‘Sugar Face Polish’ by Fresh.  This exfoliating mask has brown sugar, antioxidant-rich wild strawberries along with hydrating seed oils that nourish and brighten the skin.

  • Gently massage your (cleansed) face with the scrub and wash off with warm water

(I would like to stress on the word ‘gentle’ because another friend (yes, I have fascinating friends) told me that she does not use a scrub because she has sensitive skin and ends up with scratches.  Ladies, please do not scrub your face, or for that matter any part of your body, like you would the kitchen floor.  Please be gentle with your skin!)

The results are absolutely amazing!

Happy skin care,

-Nusrat Shariff