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A radiant body polish


Hi guys,

I am still blogging about pre wedding skin prep and for this post, I am blogging about the importance of body polish. Body polishing exfoliates the skin by removing dead cells clogging your pores. It is customary for brides in Nigeria to use skin lightening body lotions but even they do not work most times because the skin pores are clogged. The African sun alone causes enough damage to our skin so what is actually hiding under our dull skin is a brighter, clearer skin but you can only get there when you remove the dirt clogging your skin.

I proffer a purifying, brightening, exfoliating body polish that will treat your skin as well as heal your skin.

Here is all you need for D-I-Y spa quality body polishing done at home:

Sugar (brown or white)
Body oil ( almond, olive, coconut, sesame … E.t.c.) or baby oil. I use Neutrogena light sesame oil because it is soft, velvety and does not clog the pores. Some dense oil can actually clog your skin.
Dried lemon or dried papaya. Either will purify and brighten your complexion for a radiant skin.


You will need about 100 grams granulated sugar and 50 grams dried lemon pounded into rough powder; and 2 Neutrogena caps of light sesame oil. This measurement varies from body size so be free to tweak it.

Once you’ve collated your ingredients, get a friend of yours or your partner to help with the body polishing. If you’ve got no one, sit on a chair instead, scoop some of the mixture onto your palm and massage unto your body, beginning with your neck, to your chest and work your way down. Get a long, slim towel to scrub your back with. Take your time so that every part of your body is taken care of. If you have someone to help, get a mat, put it on the floor and let the person kneel at your side. Body polishing, when assisted takes longer than thirty minutes. So relax and enjoy. Once done, take a warm bath to wash off. Because the oil in the mixture lubricates the skin sufficiently, you might not need moisturizing. If not, moisturize. Do this monthly and you will see how brighter and radiant your skin is.


8 responses to “A radiant body polish”

  1. Hi Ene, thanks for all the tips on your blog. i don’t know how to get the dried lemons. Please is it possible to buy from You? I really want to try this body polish.

  2. Hi,

    Dried lemon is very easy to make. Buy fresh lemon, wash and cut into round slices. Spread on a tray and leave it under the sun to dry. Once dry, pound into powder. You will love this body polish because my friend who tried this didn’t know she had such bright complexion.


  3. Helo Ene, pls wld like to knw if we wld ve to peel off the skin . Tnks

  4. Oh no, leave the skin on. That’s the part with brightening effect.

  5. Hello ma,
    Been following your posts for quite some time now…and I really love what you are doing…
    I myself am a big lover of all things organic and I intend to have a blog soon that will cater to that (I’ll let you know when I do!!)
    I would like to know your thoughts on this:
    How do you protect your skin from the sun without having to use chemical laden sunscreens…..since lemons make the skin photosensitive?
    It’s something I’ve had to battle with and that left me with the option of using no lemons or limes in my skin treatments except for the Dudu Osun I use which I plan to stop using soon cuz of the lime in it……this is because organic sunscreens are hard to get here in Nigeria and even if they exist, they’d be pretty expensive
    Looking forward to your reply
    Stay blessed.

  6. Hi Folusho, thanks for the comment. I understand your concern about sunscreen, though I must say that using lemon, especially lime might have made your skin even more sensitive. I never ever apply lime on my skin and I do not use lemon without diluting in water and milk. Besides, Dudu osun is already processed; I once reacted to it. As for natural sources of sunscreen, well, they are equally expensive in Nigeria too. Consider red raspberry seed oil and carrot seed oil which have the highest source of sunscreen between 48 to 60, they are quite expensive and same with high quality cold pressed oils like avocado, coconut and hemp seed oil which are about 10; one still has to be cautious about its application. If you can lay your hands on carrot seed oil, you can squeeze a few drops in your lotion. Also, always buy lotion that contain water as it helps. When I make lotions for clients, I use a large amount of water and natural milk all of which help to soothe the skin. Hope this helps. Cheers

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