It’s not hard to learn how to make body scrubs. You can make your own body scrubs at home using simple, easy to find ingredients that cost a fraction of the price of salon body scrubs. Follow these steps to learn how to make your own body scrubs at home.
1) Choose Your Exfoliant
Body scrubs usually have an exfoliating ingredient. Typical exfoliants used in body scrubs include sea salt, sugar, coffee, oatmeal, corn meal, or ground apricot pits or almond shells. These exfoliants are added to a liquid base, which may consist of oil, soap, lotion or fragrance.
If you have oily skin, the best exfoliant to choose for your homemade body scrub is sea salt. Sea salt dehydrates the skin and should be mixed with a liquid base suitable for oily skin, such as olive oil or a water-based lotion. If you have cuts, scrapes or any other wounds on your skin, don’t use a salt-based body scrub. Salt can cause stinging and discomfort if allowed to get into wounds.
If you have dry skin, sugar makes the best exfoliant for your body scrub. White, brown or raw sugar can be used, according to your personal preference. Sugar scrubs stimulate circulation and hydrate the skin. They don’t exfoliate as deeply as do salt scrubs, and so they can be used more often.
Oatmeal is a well-known exfoliant base for itchy skin. Ground coffee or ground apricot pits can be used as an exfoliant base in body scrubs for normal skin. Coffee has stimulant properties, so it can improve circulation, shrink varicose veins, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
2) Choose Your Liquid Base
Most body scrubs use a liquid or semi-liquid base of water-based lotion, soap, oil or fragrance. Gentle oils like olive oil, avocado oil, or apricot kernel oils are best. Water-based lotions and gentle liquid soaps can also be used. If you plan to add your own essential oil fragrances, choose a fragrance-free liquid base.
3) Make Your Body Scrub
It’s easy to make your own body scrub. Just add one cup of the exfoliating ingredient to one-half cup of the liquid base and mix thoroughly. If you’d like your body scrub to have anti-inflammatory properties, mix one-quarter cup of soy oil and one quarter-cup of another oil, soap or lotion together to make an anti-inflammatory liquid base.
4) Choose a Fragrance
Many people choose to add their own essential oil fragrances to make their body scrub smell nice. Choose your essential oils based on the effects you’d like to achieve. Cinnamon, citrus and clove oils are invigorating. Lavender, lemon balm and sandalwood can help you relax. Rose or patchouli oils can achieve a sensual effect, while thyme, eucalyptus and geranium oils have anti-inflammatory properties.
For fragrance, simply add a few drops of the oil of your choice to your body scrub.