By Natalie Timperio
Much like body hydration is an important part of your beauty regime, so too is body exfoliation. If you have been to your local drug store as of late, you will notice that body scrubs typically carry a pretty price tag – not to mention a list of unpronounceable ingredients! While there are many “all-natural” body scrubs on the market, many may still contain a large amount of processed ingredients.
So, what’s a woman to do? Similar to diet and nutrition, your beauty routine is typically best benefited by at-home preparation. The basis of an effective body scrub includes an oil and an exfoliant. Here are a few simple recipes to make your very own body scrub using ingredients right from your kitchen!
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
This delectable body scrub smells just about good enough to eat! With the combination of these three readily available ingredients you will find that this particular scrub is pleasing to even the pickiest of noses. Additionally, almond oil is rich in vitamins, making it not only an exceptional moisturizer for dry skin but also a natural anti-agent.
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of almond oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
In a mixing bowl, stir all the above ingredients together using a wooden spoon ensuring that the oil and vanilla are thoroughly mixed into the sugar. Store in a resealable container or jar.
Similar to how tea bags can be used to reduce under eye puffiness, a coffee-based body scrub can be used to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Who knew caffeine could be of such benefit to the outer extremities! Using gentle, circular motions simply rub this scrub over problem areas a couple of times each month and watch this scrub work its magic.
- 1/2 cup coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sea salt
The coffee grounds can either be fresh or brewed. Brewed grounds simply make for easier mixing. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl then stir in the oil with a wooden spoon. Store in an air-tight container.
Citrus Salt Scrub
With its fresh scent, this scrub is the perfect pick-me-up for those early morning wake-up calls. Just as lemon juice can be used to disinfect surfaces, it can also be used to “disinfect” your skin, making it ideal for treating acne. With natural anti-bacterial properties, lemon juice will beautify just about any body, particularly when used in combination with salt, another natural cleanser.
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, ground
Crush the rosemary by placing it in a Ziploc baggy. Using a rolling pin, roll firmly over the baggy. Or, if preferred, you can simply chop the rosemary. Next, mix together all the above ingredients in a bowl using a wooden spoon, storing scrub in a resealable container.
The options are just about endless for homemade body scrubs. Not only are they a natural addition to your beauty regimen, but they also make for a meaningful gift!