Whether you are looking to save some cash or just start living a bit greener, now is the time to start making your own beauty scrubs. Forget about the recipes that will leave you searching the internet and paying out to buy speciality essential oils. You really don’t need anything that you can’t find at your local grocery store and you definitely don’t need any chemicals.
Soothe Your Dry Skin
The simplest and most effective body scrubs just require a bit of salt or sugar mixed in with some oil. One of the best things about making your own body scrub is that you can personalize it so it works for your skin type.
If you have sensitive skin, go for sugar. It is gentler on skin than salt. You might even want to vary the blend depending on where you are using. If you are looking the a foot scrub, salt can be great for rough areas around your heels and the balls of your feet. Whichever ingredient you choose for the scrub, stick with a fine grain. Coarse grain can tear away at skin and cause irritation. If you need a little extra exfoliation, move up to a coarser grain but it’s better to try it out first.
Once you’ve decided on an exfoliant, choose an oil. This is another area you might want to experiment with a bit. Baby oil or cooking oils like coconut, olive, vegetable, or almond oil are great as well. See what you have on hand and do some experimenting. Regardless of the oil or whether you choose salt or sugar, use 1 part oil and 2 parts sugar/ salt. Simply stir it with a spoon then you are ready to go. The oil is likely to settle into the bottom but don’t worry. Just make sure you the salt/ sugar that you pull out if well coated. The mixture will be a bit too rough for the skin on your hands so use a shower mit or a loofah.
Practical Tip: Oil will cause a build-up in your shower or bathtub after a while. Use a shower spray so that you don’t get a gunky buldup.
Easiest, Cheapest Body Scrub Ever
If you want something even simpler, just grab a jar and fill it up with baking soda. Stick the jar in the shower and you’ve got a scrub ready to go. Simply add a heaping tablespoon or so to a loofah or shower glove and you’ll have glowing skin in no time. As a bonus, a sprinkle of baking soda on your toothbrush once a week will give you sparkling pearly whites!
The only advantage that you gain by adding oil to your scrub is that it hydrates your skin. After scrubbing down with just baking soda, you may find that you still need to moisturize after your showers. If you already have a moisturer that you like or if you simply don’t like the feel of oil on your skin, this is still a great solution.