How to Make an Exfoliating Scrub

Summer is officially here, and that means lots of exposed skin! If you have rough, dry skin, no matter if it is on your face or body, you may want to consider using an exfoliating scrub. But, you don’t necessarily have to purchase an exfoliating scrub–in fact, you can make one yourself with just a few common household ingredients. Below are two great options for exfoliates that are as easy to make as they are effective. Try them out today!

Determine Your Needs

The first step in making a great exfoliating scrub is to determine what part of your body needs to be exfoliated, as well as how intense the exfoliating should be. Typically, facial exfoliaters are relatively gentle, and contain little added oil in order to prevent the development of acne and breakouts. Rough spots on heels, elbows and other tough spots often receive a more “heavy duty” exfoliate that may be left on for long periods of time, even overnight. In order to achieve optimal results, it is essential that you choose the right exfoliate for your body.

Facial Exfoliates

As stated above, facial exfoliates typically are more gentle than those indended for the body, and may also contain moisturizers to lock in water. To make a great facial exfoliate, start by combining two ounces of granulated sugar and one teaspoon of glycerin in a small, clean bowl. While you may be able to find gylcerin at some health stores, you will more than likely need to purchase it online.

Make sure these two items are thoroughly combined before adding one quarter of a cup of water and six drops of the essential oil of your choice. Combine all ingredients, and add extra water if necessary. The scrub should be thick enough that is forms a paste when held in your hand. If the scrub is not going to be used immediately, store it in a jar and place it in a cool, dry location. If it will be used immediately, start by wetting the face with warm water. Apply a small amount of the exfoliate to the face, and scrub gently. Rinse off with warm water.

Body Exfoliates

Combine one and a half cups of sugar with a half a cup sea salt. Put these two ingredients into a small mixing bowl, and combine. Add one half to three quarters of a cup of coconut oil to the mixture, along with one teaspoon of the essential oil of your choice. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and allow to stand for two hours. Mix the scrub again, and add more coconut oil if it has not reached the same consistency as described above. If not using the exfoliate immediately, place the scrub in a jar and place in a cool, dry place. If you do plan on using the exfoliate immediately, follow the same method as described above.


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