Natural Skin Recipes by Michael DeJong, Author of Clean Body

Pamper your winter skin with natural skin recipes from Michael DeJong, Author of Clean Body! (Which by the way, is now one of my all-time favorite little books… From the look/feel to the cheeky writing, I dig Michael’s style!)


  • Mix together equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and salt to create a wonderful skin softener. Mix the two, so that the salt soaks up the olive oil, and then scrub your entire body, head to toe. Expect to be energized as well as exfoliated. Massage the mixture into your body and wash off thoroughly. You’d pay good money for this treatment if you were at a spa!
  • Cut two lemons into super-skinny slivers. Dribble half a dozen drops of olive oil onto the citrus slices. Give it a toss, and finish with three cups of sea salt. Then, it’s hands off while the concoction cures for at least five minutes. Add your citrus dermadip to a hot and steamy bath. Lock the door, put on some soothing music, and submerge yourself into the citrus mix by loosening up and settling down for a long, luxurious, lazy soak. Reappear recharged and revived. You owe yourself this one!
  • Liberate yourself of dead skin cells with this awesome all-over exfoliator. Blend three quarters of a cup of sea salt or coarse kosher salt, three tablespoons of baking soda, and one-quarter cup of olive oil in a bowl. Jump into a warm-to-hot shower, douse yourself down, dip a washcloth into the mixture, and scrub everything you can reach with the all-over exfoliator. Rinse well. Find your newly revealed, stunningly soft skin sparkling fresh and re-energized.

The above is an excerpt from the book Clean Body:The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself by Michael DeJong. Reprinted with permission from Clean Body, copyright 2009 by Michael DeJong, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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