HomeMade Body Scrub
Warm summer months are now approaching. Even with wearing sunscreen, we can easily add on the sun damage to our skin. In this article, you will learn how to make your own body scrub, with four (4) common household items.
Exfoliating regularly helps keep your skin glowing and fresh. Not only are you regenerating new skin cells, and stimulates the lymphatic system. Getting the lymph moving helps the body flush old cellular waste out of the body, through means such as sweat and skin cells. Dry brushing is another way to improve skin elasticity and lymph flow.
Sunburns are serious business! Dermatologists say a burnt skin cell is considered a damaged skin cell. It’s recommended to wait until your sunburn completely heals before exfoliating. Wait until the redness (or pink) is gone, and then slough away!
You Will Need
- 1/2 cup of coarse ground sea salt
- 1/4 cup of raw sugar (turbinado)
- 1/2 cup of olive or coconut oil (almond or avocado oil are also nice)
- Essential oils for scent and added benefits
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the salt and raw sugar. Next, apply your choice of essential oils and plant-based oil. If you are using coconut oil, you may need to heat up the oil until it’s in a liquid form, then allow to cool to room temperature. Mix thoroughly until you have a nice, uniform consistency. Store in a glass or plastic container, with an air-tight lid. You may need to stir it up from time to time.
You can add nearly any kind of essential oil that smells good to you. Jasmine and rose are some of my personal favorites for the scent alone. Rose oil is also commonly used in face mist and skincare products. There are certain essential oils are especially good for skin and scrubs.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils for skin health, that happen to smell heavenly!
Geranium and lavender are flower power to the skin.
Lemon provides Vitamin C to boost skin tone and skin elasticity.
Grapefruit has quercetin, believed to help improve the dimpling of cellulite areas.
Peppermint is great for sore, tired legs.
Cypress has been known to help with varicose veins, strengthening the vein walls.
Do keep in mind that the quality of essential oils is important, since it’s being applied to your skin. Less expensive oils you may find at the store are adultered with artificial fragrances and fillers. Since essential oils are so concentrated it can pass the cell membrane, you need to invest in high quality ones. If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
Look for high quality, certified therapeutic-grade essential oils.