Do you have dry, flaky skin that makes you want to keep your legs covered even in the middle of summer? Are you concerned about calloused feet and elbows and how they look, even when you are at home? You can create a homemade body scrub and use it regularly in order to exfoliate the dead skin cells and hydrate the new skin beneath, leaving your entire body luxuriously soft!
There are two primary components to a homemade body scrub. The first is some type of oil moisturizer and the second is a scrubbing agent. To that base, you can add a wide range of other things that will boost the effectiveness of your new body scrub.
Once you have found a recipe that you like, you can double it up and store the second half in an airtight container in your fridge. This way, you will be ready the next time you want to treat your skin to a homemade scrub. Because of the fresh nature of certain ingredients, your scrubs will have a short shelf life, even when refrigerated so only make what you will use during that time.
You will need to use a heavy carrier oil as the base, avocado being an excellent choice. You can add other oils as desired, including argan, olive and jojoba. Melted coconut oil and cocoa butter make for a richer scrub and contribute a delightful tropical aroma to the mix. Make sure that you have all of the oils well blended before mixing with the dry ingredients.
Sugar and salt are both common choices for their exfoliating benefits. While coarse grounds are fine for rough, dry feet, they might be too harsh for the rest of your body. You can always toss a cup into the blender for a few seconds to help break them up. Look for organic products with minimal processing for best results.
There are many great ideas that you can mix in with the liquids or dry ingredients before you blend the two. For your liquids, high-quality essential oils can give you a spa-like experience. Lavender, chamomile and frankincense are good for all skin types to promote healing and the production of healthy new cells. Explore your options to decide which you want to experiment with.
As for the dry ingredients, you can use ground up flowers to obtain the healing benefits of the flowers as well as the lovely scent. Lavender, rose and chamomile are popular choices but you can explore other options if available and skin benefiting. Freshly ground cinnamon bark can help to increase circulation and pure cocoa can be used for the scent and antioxidant benefits.
Once you get started making your own body scrubs, you will be amazed at how luxurious the experience can be at a fraction of the price you would pay for a spa visit. Keep a record of your scrubs and how you feel afterwards so you can always choose the right combination of ingredients to pamper your skin.