How to Use Sugar Scrub

Dry, flaky, or oily skin is a major bummer. And while you can find a rejuvenating treatment at the spa, you can also score smooth skin in the shower with a sugar scrub. Applying one properly (and frequently) can help exfoliate your body and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin silky soft.

EditChoosing a Sugar Scrub
Look for a scrub with fine particles. A coarse sugar scrub can irritate and even tear sensitive skin. Smaller sugar granules are gentler and less abrasive.
Brown sugar is one of the softest sugars and works well on your face and body.[1]
Turbinado sugar (also known as raw sugar) tends to have larger particles so if you see it as an ingredient, be aware that it’s a rougher scrub.[2]

Pick a hydrating scrub if you have very dry skin. While sugar is naturally a humectant (meaning it locks in moisture), some scrubs are more moisturizing than others.[3] Choose one with skin-replenishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut or avocado oil, glycerin, or essential oils if your skin is prone to dehydration.

Select a scent based on aromatherapy properties. Look for scrubs that include essential oils to match your needs. For example, if you’re stressed out, a lavender scent is calming. And if you’re feeling fatigued, lemon or peppermint scents are energizing.[4]
Other popular aromatherapy scents include eucalyptus for clearing your sinuses, patchouli for soothing anxiety, and rosemary for increasing concentration.[5]

Make your own sugar scrub if you’re on a budget. Using basic ingredients from your pantry like olive oil, honey, and brown sugar, you can DIY a sugar scrub at home.
Whipping up your own sugar scrub means you can control exactly what goes in it, thus avoiding any chemicals or additives that could be harmful to you or the environment.

EditApplying the Sugar Scrub
Wet your skin. Warm water will soften your skin and prepare it for exfoliation. A good rule of thumb is to soak in the tub or stand under the shower for 5 to 10 minutes before you begin scrubbing.
Water that’s too hot can dry out your skin. The optimal temperature for your skin is a lukewarm temperature below (if your skin is turning red, it’s too hot!).[6]
If you’re going to shave your legs, do so before using the sugar scrub to avoid stinging and irritation.

Wash your skin before you scrub to remove sweat, dirt, and makeup. Otherwise scrubbing could push it further into the skin.

Massage the scrub into your skin. With gentle pressure, rub the sugar scrub into your skin in a circular motion using the pads of your fingers. This not only sloughs off dead skin, it also boosts circulation and stimulates the production of collagen in your body, a protein that helps fight wrinkles and keeps skin looking young.[7]
Start at the top of your body and work down.

Be careful not to scrub too vigorously as it could damage your skin.

Rinse with warm water. There’s no need to use shower gel or soap following your scrub. For extra hydration and smoother skin, let the scrub sit on your body for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Dry off. Gently use a towel to pat your body completely dry.

Finish with lotion or body oil. Once you’re dry, apply lotion or body oil to moisturize your newly exfoliated skin. Do this immediately after drying off while your pores are still open and able to absorb the moisturizer easier and faster.[8]
Have a jar or extra virgin coconut oil laying around? It can double as a cheap yet effective moisturizer thanks to its high level of saturated fats. Only use it if you aren’t prone to breaking out.[9]
Always apply sunscreen after exfoliating as your skin is more vulnerable. Use one that’s SPF 30 or higher and has broad-spectrum protection.[10]

Repeat once or twice a week. Sugar scrubs shouldn’t be part of your daily beauty routine. Over-exfoliating can irritate your skin so aim to use a sugar scrub no more than three times per week at most.[11]
Don’t use a sugar scrub on skin that’s sunburned or highly sensitive. You should also avoid it after any type of medical or cosmetic surgery or after a chemical peel – in both instances, your body is trying to recover from what is essentially a trauma and any harsh scrubbing could prevent proper healing.[12]

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Today in History for 4th January 2019

Historical Events

1893 – US President Cleveland grants amnesty to Mormon polygamy
1966 – WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 – Donald Campbell is killed while driving a Bluebird K7, a jet-powered boat, on Coniston Water; Campbell was trying to beat his own speed record
1971 – Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
1971 – Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
1975 – Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0

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Famous Birthdays

1832 – George Tryon, British admiral (d. 1893)
1905 – Sterling Holloway, American actor (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), born in Cedartown, Georgia (d. 1992)
1956 – Bernard Sumner [Albrecht], English rock guitarist, vocalist (Joy Division and New Order), born in Salford, England
1957 – Patty Loveless, [Ramey], singer (Blue Side of Town), born in Pikeville, Kentucky
1969 – Lindsay Kennedy, American actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
1989 – Graham Rahal, American race car driver, born in Columbus, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1944 – Kaj Munk, [Harald Leininger], anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
1947 – Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
1960 – Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46
1962 – Hans Lammers, German SS officer (b. 1879)
1986 – Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions and Shadows), dies at 81
2011 – Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)

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How to Plant Forget Me Not Seeds

Both beautiful and easy to care for, forget-me-nots are a popular flower choice for amateur gardeners. The seeds can be planted either in outdoors in your garden or in indoor pots. Properly cared for forget-me-not seeds will mature into stunning blue, pink, or white flowers.

EditMethod 1: Planting Forget-Me-Not Seeds in a Garden
Pick an area that gets 3-6 hours of sunlight per day to start the seeds. Forget-me-nots tend to thrive in partial to dappled shade, so choose an area of your garden to plant them in that doesn’t get full sunlight.[1]
Some forget-me-not species are more hardy than others when it comes to sunlight and grow better with more than 6 hours of sunlight. Take a look at your specific seed variety and look up whether it’s partial to full sun or partial shade.[2]

Test your garden soil for a pH of 5.5-7.5. Forget-me-nots can live anywhere in the 5.5-7.5 pH range.[3] You can use a commercial soil pH tester to get the exact number.

Water the soil before planting. Forget-me-nots love moisture, so you want to start the seeds out in an already-wet environment. Use a hose or watering can to get the planting bed moist but not soggy.

Sow your seeds 6-12 inches apart. Once you’ve prepared the soil, sprinkle your seeds onto the surface. You want them to be at least 6-12 inches apart, especially if you’re going to let them reseed naturally. If you’re planting forget-me-nots in the fall, they will bloom for you in the spring.[4]
This might be a good time to plant other spring flowers, like daffodils and tulips. These flowers will rise up above the layer of blue forget-me-nots and add a gorgeous pop of color to your garden. [5]

Add a few inches of organic mulch for protection. Mulch made of organic material helps mimic the forget-me-not’s natural environment.[6] Place of fine mulch or up to of larger material on top of the soil to keep moisture in until the seeds germinate. The mulch will also regulate the seeds’ temperature.[7]

EditMethod 2: Potting Forget-Me-Not Seeds Indoors
Select a pot with drainage holes. Whatever pot you decide on, it must have holes on the bottom. While forget-me-nots need proper moisture, you don’t want them to drown.[8] A pot with holes will allow water to drain out once it has run all the way through the soil, and prevent pooling around the plant’s roots that can lead to mold or fungus.

Fill the container with light potting mix and water it. Forget-me-nots are not very finicky, so it’s fine to use a regular, light soil mixture designed for potted plants.[9] You may also choose to enrich the soil with an organic material, such as compost.[10] Wet the soil afterwards as you would with an outdoor crop.
Your soil should have a neutral pH somewhere between 5.5-7.5 for forget-me-nots to thrive.[11]

Plant a couple of seeds per pot. If you’re planting multiple seeds in a pot, only put down a few at a time. If you grow more in the same pot, the plants will crowd one another and potentially develop mildew.[12]

Place the pot in a place with an average temperature of . Whether your plant thrives in sunlight or shade, you want to place it somewhere that is warm but not hot. If you keep the seeds at in this temperature range, they should germinate in 1 to 4 weeks.[13]
You can rotate the pot regularly to encourage even plant growth.

EditCaring for Forget-Me-Not Plants
Water when the top of soil feel dry to the touch. You never want forget-me-nots to be in totally dry soil. Depending on the climate you live in and how you’re growing your plants, this may mean watering more or less than once a week.[14]

Feed with fertilizer once each spring. In the wild, forget-me-nots survive on moderate to poor soil condition, so you don’t want to feed them too often. Apply a slow-release, granular fertilizer to your plants in early spring. Refer to the product instructions for the exact dosage.[15]
You may not need fertilizer unless your plants aren’t growing well or have yellowed, malnourished flowers. If so, fertilize once a month.[16]

Add of rich, organic mulch to outdoor plants for extra protection. Mulch is a great protective agent for your growing forget-me-nots. It traps the moisture forget-me-nots need in the soil and can keep the plants cool.[17] Keep the mulch away from the base of your plants.[18]
Wood chips are a popular choice for mulching, but you can also use grass clippings, shredded leaves, compost, or pine straw.[19]
Mulch placement can also feed earthworms and reduce weeds, both of which will help keep your forget-me-nots thriving.[20]

Trim dead flowers and stems to encourage growth. Use a pair of hand pruners, a pair of scissors, or your fingers to trim off each spent flowerhead at the base of its stem. If a whole stalk of flowers needs to be removed, cut off the stalk from where it grows at the base.[21] Your forget-me-nots will naturally send out new flowers as long as you deadhead regularly.
Don’t deadhead if you want your forget-me-nots to reseed naturally. Leave the plants if you want them to flower again next year. While they may look a little unsightly during this period, these flowers are dropping seeds to renew their cycle of life.[22]

Trap or spray away pests as soon as you find them. There are few pests that go after forget-me-nots. Luckily, they are pretty easy to control if you spot them right away.
Spray water on your plants regularly to control aphids. Once knocked down, an aphid usually won’t be able to make it back onto the plant. [23]
Make a trap for slugs and snails by filling an aluminum pie pan or cat food can with beer. Then, bury the pan or can so the lid is level with the ground. The pests will bypass your plants and head straight for the beer bath. Place one for every of affected plants.[24]
Holes in your plants might be due to flea beetles. These insects are difficult to get rid of, though they cause little damage. You can vacuum them up for an immediate solution, but make sure to prevent them from coming back next season by laying down mulch, weeding frequently, and keeping your garden clean during and after growing season.[25]

Remove any plant parts with mildew or spots. If your forget-me-nots have developed fuzzy white mildew or tan spots on their leaves, it’s an easy fix. First, snip off any affected parts of the plant with a pair of hand pruners. Then treat your plants with a fungicide, making sure to carefully follow the instructions on the label for safe and proper application.[26]
Wilted, dying plants with thin, cobweb-like strands around the base have a more serious problem called crown rot. This fungus is fatal, so dig up and get rid of any affected plants and ones nearby to stop the spread.[27]
Clean your hand pruners thoroughly with disinfectant wipes, rubbing alcohol, or soak them for at least a minute in a 1:5 solution of bleach to water. This will prevent the spread of infection to your healthy plants.[28]

Forget-me-nots are great garden flowers, but have a reputation for being invasive. They can grow out of control if left unchecked. If you only want them for one season, remove them after they cease to flower. Hoe or pull up your plants, making sure to get all the roots, before they begin to spread too many seeds.[29]
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