Exfoliation is a great way to keep your skin youthful and healthy. A homemade body scrub is an easy and efficient way to exfoliate your skin naturally.
Why do we need body scrub?
An exfoliating scrub removes the dead skin cells and makes your skin appear brighter. It may also revive the production of collagen, thus making your skin firmer and more radiant. Furthermore, massaging your skin with a body exfoliator helps you relax and makes you feel calm.
However, overexploiting can cause dryness and irritation. Therefore, it is recommended to use a body scrub, not more than once a week.
Homemade body scrub recipe
Here are some super easy DIY body scrub recipes that you can easily prepare with simple kitchen ingredients at your home.
1. Sugar scrubs
Sugar contains glycolic acid which acts as a natural exfoliator for the skin. It gently cleanses the skin, dissolving the dead skin cells. Additionally, sugar also functions as a humectant, thus preserving the natural oils of the skin.
For preparing a homemade sugar scrub you can either use brown sugar, white sugar, or unrefined cane sugar.
Different types of oils can be used for sugar scrubs such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba, or extra virgin olive oil.
Sugar scrub recipe:
Take 1 cup sugar in a mixing bowl, add 1 tablespoon of oil at a time and mix well. Add oil until you get a sandy consistency. Do not add excess oil, otherwise, the sugar will begin to dissolve and the scrub will turn out to be soupy. In case the scrubs become too soupy add sugar accordingly.
Optional: You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for the fragrance.
Store: Place in a clean and dry container, use it within 1 month.
2. Coffee scrub
The ground coffee has a grainy texture that makes it an excellent body exfoliator. The coffee scrubs gently remove the dead cells and rejuvenates the skin. Besides, gently massaging the body with coffee may also boost blood circulation. Interestingly, coffee may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. One additional perk is the refreshing aroma of coffee that is hard to resist.
Coffee scrub recipe:
Take 1 cup of ground coffee and 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the coffee at a time and mix nicely. Add oil until you get a medium paste-like consistency.
Instead of coconut oil, you can also use almond oil, olive oil, or any other oil that suits your skin.
Optional: you can add 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar if you want to make a coffee-sugar body scrub.
3. Sea salt scrub recipe
Sea salt body scrub has immense health benefits. It exfoliates the skin making it smoother and healthier. At the same time, sea salt scrub eliminates toxins and relieves tired muscles. Furthermore, sea salt possesses antibacterial properties that may be helpful for certain skin conditions.
Note: Avoid a body scrub on sensitive, dry or irritated skin. Also, salt will sting so avoid using the scrub on open wounds or freshly shaved legs.
Types of salt for body scrub:
- Himalayan pink salt, enriched with minerals, is considered as the oldest form of salt.
- Sea salt is harvested from seawater and contains trace amounts of minerals.
- Epsom salt is composed wholly of magnesium sulphate.
- Dead sea salt comes from the dead sea region in Israel and is widely used for its therapeutic properties. It has 10 times higher concentration of minerals than sea salt.
You can use a salt of your choice to prepare your own DIY body scrub.
Salt scrub recipe:
Take 1 cup of finely ground salt of your choice. Add 1 tablespoon of oil (coconut, olive, or jojoba oil) of your choice. Mix it nicely to get desired consistency.
Optional: Add 2-3 drops of essential oils for fragrance.
4. Besan or gram flour scrub recipe
Besan or gram flour has exceptional skin benefits. It acts as a natural cleanser for the skin. It is a very gentle exfoliator and can be used for sensitive skin also. Gram flour is great for oily skin as it helps in reducing oiliness.
Gram flour scrub recipe:
In a mixing bowl add half a cup of gram flour and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add water little by little to prepare a medium consistency paste.
Optional: if you treat tanned skin, you can mix tomato paste instead of water. However, always do a patch test beforehand.
These natural homemade body scrubs are a great way to cleanse and nourish your skin. Always be gentle while exfoliating your skin. Besides, take extra caution if your skin is sensitive or very dry.
Collect your ingredients and get your homemade body scrub on. It’s time to glow!