Homemade body scrubs using sea salt are a popular and inexpensive way to invigorate and exfoliate your skin. Sea salt scrubs are particularly effective on oily skin, since they can help to remove excess skin oils. It's not difficult to make your own body scrubs using sea salt, a liquid base, and essential oils as fragrance. Read on to learn how you can enjoy the indulgence of a spa at a fraction of the price.
Exfoliating Benefits of Sea Salt
Sea salt is one of nature's best exfoliators. The trace minerals found in sea salt help to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin. Sea salt can also clean pores and remove excess oil from the skin, so it's an ideal scrub ingredient for those with oily skin. Sea salt can improve circulation, and it's considered an invigorating ingredient in body scrubs.
Choosing a Liquid Base for Your Homemade Salt Scrub
Body scrubs typically consist of an exfoliant ingredient in a liquid base. You can use a gentle, skin-friendly oil like olive oil, apricot kernel oil, or avocado oil. If you have oily skin, make sure to choose an oil that won't aggravate your condition. An anti-inflammatory oil like soy oil is best for oily skin.
You can also choose a water-based lotion or a liquid soap for your body scrub's liquid base. Most people like to add their own essential oil fragrances to homemade body scrubs. If you're using essential oil fragrances, make sure to choose a fragrance-free oil or soap for your body scrub's liquid base.
Choosing an Essential Oil Fragrance
Essential oils do more than add fragrance to your body scrub. They can also give your homemade body scrubs additional therapeutic properties.
The essential oils of bergamot, eucalyptus, grapefruit, fennel, rose, clove and thyme have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for acne-prone skin. Lavendar, sandalwood, jasmine and lemon balm can be used to balance the emotions and promote relaxation. Some oils can have tangible physical health benefits. Eucalyptus, for instance, helps clear respiratory congestion and soothe headaches, and it may also help stave off infection with its antiseptic properties.
Mixing Homemade Body Scrubs
The general rule of thumb for mixing your own homemade body scrubs is to mix two parts exfoliating ingredients with one part liquid base. If you have one cup of sea salt, use one-half cup of your liquid base to create the body scrub. Using this rule, you can make more or less of the body scrub, depending on your needs.
When adding essential oil fragrance to your sea salt body scrub, take care not to add too much. Add just a few drops of essential oil per part of liquid base. If you make a homemade body scrub using one cup of sea salt and one-half cup of olive oil, for instance, add no more than three drops of essential oil for fragrance. If you make a larger batch of body scrub, use a proportionate amount of oil.
Homemade sea salt body scrubs typically have a shelf life of about four weeks when kept refrigerated.