Homemade Body Scrubs to Clarify and Moisturize!
Homemade body scrubs are a natural solution for deep cleansing and promoting cell renewal. And an absolute must have for anyone who cares about how their skin looks. Plus with your own creations, you don't have to second guess the ingredients. Trust me! The more you use them, the more you're absolutely gonna love your skin!
One simple recipe can last for months if you throw it in the frig! Or
share the recipe's bounty with your friends! (They also make a great low cost gift
Scrubs come in a variety of choices, so its best to try a couple to see which ones work best for your skin. When you use a scrub regularly, you remove the dingy and lifeless skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin. If these cells are left to accumulate, it can make your skin look sallow, dull, and drab. One good tip is to always use scrubs before you apply a moisturizer, which will penetrate much deeper and is more beneficial to your skin. When you apply body scrubs, use small circular motions, or long massaging strokes aimed towards your heart. Both methods help supply more oxygen to your skin by increasing circulation.
How to Make Body Scrubs
Basic homemade body scrubs are made with a base, a moisturizer, and or an essential oil. Base ingredients to choose from include, salt, sugar, coffee, oatmeal, and others. Moisturizers used are oils, which help marry the scrubs. Essential oils add fragrance and other qualities to scrubs.
Of course, you will also need a clean container for your homemade body scrubs. Canning jars work well as do store bought plastic containers. If you don't have either, use a ziploc-type freezer bag. Store any leftover scrubs in the refrigerator, until you use them again.
Salt Body Scrubs
Salt scrubs are made from most any kind of salt you like to use. You can use granular table salt, kosher salt, canning and pickling salt (my favorite), sea salt, or epsom's salt. If you use the larger crystallized salts, be sure to grind them down before you use them in a recipe. These larger types of salt are simply too harsh to apply to tender skin.
Salt scrubs help to detoxify your skin, by drawing out bacteria and other toxins. They also help relax your muscles. Don’t use salt scrubs after shaving legs if you have sensitive skin, or if you have any minor cuts or scratches. It can really sting if you do!
When you exfoliate before you shave your legs, the oils in homemade body scrubs left on your skin will help your shaver glide over your skin much more easily. You really don’t need body gel or shaving cream in order to get a close, clean shave. When you use a body scrub before you shave, your shave will also be much closer. This is the preferred method for sensitive skin types.
If your skin is not sensitive, you may want to exfoliate after you shave. You will leave the oils from the homemade body scrubs on your skin, which helps lock it in. This is a good option for parched skin.
Sugar Body Scrubs
Sugar scrubs are SWEET in every sense of the word! Use any kind of sugar you like but plain white table sugar is usually the most convenient. However, brown sugar smells tempting and works as well if not better. It’s also gentler to your skin because the granules are slightly smaller. Sensitive skin types should opt for brown sugar for this reason.
Sugar scrubs increase circulation if used regularly, and should be applied after shaving. You don’t have to worry about stinging either. The oils help to moisturize your skin, making your skin look polished and more supple. The massaging motions upon application also increase blow flow to your skin, which is an added benefit of scrubbing.
Coffee Body Scrubs
Finely ground coffee beans are another base for body scrubs. When you apply coffee grounds externally, it helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also helps to tighten and shrink blood vessels that lie close to the skins surface, which also helps eliminate varicose veins. Spas have been using coffee scrubs for years and caffeine is regularly added to many skin care products on the market today.
Other Body Scrubs
Oatmeal is very gentle and won't aggressively exfoliate but it is great if you have dry skin patches. Ground flax seed is also very lubricating for dry skin. Crushed almonds are another favorite but may be too much for sensitive skin.
Oils for Homemade Body Scrubs
Once you choose the base you want to use, you need to add a moisturizer to it. Many kinds of oils are fine to use. You’ll want to add oils slowly to your base, so the mixture is slushy. (Add a bit of oil, then stir, add a bit more, then stir again, and so forth.) The mixture should be just right; not too oily but not too dry either. The mixture may separate in between uses so be sure to stir gently before you apply it each time.
* Use jojoba oil, avocado oil, bio oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, apricot kernel oil, emu oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, arnica oil, or organic canola oil.
Massage the mixture onto moist skin. Do not rinse until you are through rubbing your skin with the mixture. After you rinse thoroughly, gently pat dry your skin, so you don’t remove the oils left on your skin. You won’t believe how soft and smooth your skin feels after you use them! If you use essential oils in your homemade body scrubs, your skin will also smell great too!
If you have dry skin, try adding a mashed avocado to the mix. It is very soothing and moisturizing and can even be applied alone. Optionally, you can use aloe vera gel.
Fragrances for Homemade Body Scrubs
Fragrance options are unlimited. You can use essential (aromatherapy) oils for an added emotional benefit. Perfume oils may be irritating to your facial skin but are fine to use on your body.
Rosemary, eucalyptus or peppermint - A zesty fragrance that clears out sinuses and stimulates circulation.
Cinnamon or clove - A bold, spicy fragrance that soothes and improves circulation.
Rose, jasmine or ylang-ylang - A sensual fragrance that has a romantic floral scent.
Lavender - A favorite soothing fragrance that enhances relaxation.
Vanilla - A mildly sweet fragrance that is sensual and very pleasing. Great especially in coffee or brown sugar scrubs.
Orange, lime, tangerine, or lemon - Citrus fragrances that invigorate you.
Mix and match your own favorite oils to create your own personal favorite blend!
When you get through making your body scrub, add your own essential oils to make your own flavors. They are not required, but they do enhance them!
Homemade Body Scrubs Recipes
8 Cups light brown or white sugar
3-4 Cups oil
2-4 ounces essential oil
*Optional - Honey for smoothing the texture
8 Cups coarse Kosher salt, crushed
3-4 Cups oil
1 Cup unsweetened cocoa or 1/4 Cup freeze dried coffee grounds
2 Tablespoons essential oil
*Optional - Honey for smoothing the texture
Basic Salt Scrub
4 C sea salt
2 C vegetable oil
2 Ounces essential oil
Coffee Body Scrub
2 cups of ground coffee
1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
2-3 Tbs oil
*Optional - Add cinnamon oil or vanilla oil for a real pleasurable experience.
Oatmeal and Yogurt Facial Scrub
2 tablespoons rolled oats (not instant)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Massage to your face using small circular motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry your skin.
Homemade body scrubs are a great way to replenish and rejuvenate. Getting rid of the old and bringing on the new helps your skin look younger and locks in a youthful glow. Over time, scrubs can even help diminish skin discolorations too! The benefits are simply endless!
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