Few treatments renew your skin the way a homemade body scrub can. This treatment renews dulled, dry skin much more readily than moisturizing alone. Rough, flaky skin is sloughed off and your body is left smoothed, soft and glowing, while circulation is increased. Skin also better absorbs any moisturizer applied following such a treatment. A weekly exfoliation can especially revive the skin during the notoriously dehydrating summer and winter months, though you will enjoy the rejuvenating benefits from year-round exfoliation.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
A homemade sugar scrub is a good choice for an initial project, and making your own sugar scrub is actually quite simple and affordable. It's also a safe and natural way to rid your body of dead skin cells and excess oils. All skin types, from oily to dry to dehydrated or aging, benefit from the shedding of dull surface skin cells.
Only a few items and ingredients are needed to get started. You will need a bowl, a spoon, a storage container and sugar to begin. Whether you choose to use granulated sugar, brown sugar or natural cane sugar in your scrub is up to you. Granulated sugar is the cheapest, while brown sugar has a sweeter scent and gentler texture. Brown sugar also tends to dissolve more quickly, making it necessary to mix the ingredients faster in order to minimize that effect.
Depending on your preferences, the additional ingredients you will need may vary between jojoba and olive oil, or lemon and lavender essential oil. Your combination may differ, but renewed, softened skin is always the goal and end result.
Grapefruit Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
1/4 cup jojoba oil
20 drops grapefruit essential oil
10 drops tangerine essential oil
3/4 cup sugar
Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl, stirring just until combined. Store the scrub in a 8 oz. plastic container or glass jar.
To use: Wet your body in a warm shower. Apply the scrub to your torso, arms and legs, gently massaging in a circular motion. Pay particular attention to especially dry, rough areas, such as elbows, knees, and soles of the feet. Rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry.
Avocado Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup apricot kernel oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup sugar
Blend the oils, avocado and honey in a food processor. Add the sugar and pulse just until combined. Store the scrub in an 8 oz. plastic container or glass jar.
To use: See instructions for the above mentioned Grapefruit Exfoliating Sugar Scrub.
With two recipes to get you started you'll learn that options for ingredients in your homemade sugar scrubs are actually quite limitless and dependent only on your personal tastes. You will soon be hunting for quaint little jelly jars and cute ribbons to package your projects and hand them out as gifts.