Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The Dead Sea
Scrolls Body Scrub
HA. You're really gonna learn something about me today and will either laugh out loud or shake your head.
Remember at the tail end of our Scandinavian cruise in June when we both got massages? Mine was my first-ever hot-stones massage (which I loved). When the therapist first came into the room and started chatting with me, she noticed my dry skin. I told her I didn't put on any lotion before coming because I knew I'd get plenty of it during the massage.
She then proceeded to tell me that putting lotion on dry skin really only masks a deeper problem: dead skin that needs to be exfoliated. I dutifully listened as she described all the benefits of the scrub the ship sells, knowing full well that I would NOT pay $60 for a little 4 .oz jar. Still, I paid attention. Exfoliation was not something I did other than on my face. So this was new for me.
Once I got home, I did my research and ended up buying this 7 lb. pail for $25 on eBay (a $280 value, they said). "I'm not dumb," I said to myself. I might as well get something that will last the rest of my life (and make up for 60 years of lost time). As I've often said, once I get something, I really get it!
You know what the clincher was for me (besides the almond oil, which is one of my favorite fragrances!)? That it's salts and minerals from the Dead Sea . I grew up on the Bible stories around the Dead Sea in the valley between Israel and Jordan. Remember Lot's wife being turned into a pillar of salt? Remember the Dead Sea Scrolls?
At any rate, now that colder weather is really making my skin dry again, I'm thinking of the Dead Sea. I love the ritual of this scrub and how it makes my skin feel afterwards. It's almost a spiritual experience, if that makes sense.
Maybe it connects me to history that's hard to understand, juxtaposing the past to the present in the Middle East. Maybe it makes me feel like a world citizen. And maybe, just maybe, some DNA from that nameless woman made it into my pail!