It only takes a few days of chilly temperatures, extra layers of clothing, and dry, indoor heating and suddenly, your skin feels dry, scaly and itchy, lacking the soft, supple texture you knew pre-November. You don’t need an expensive, elusive body scrub from a fancy designer to breathe some life back into your winter skin. With only a few items you may already have in your kitchen or that can be purchased inexpensively at the grocery store, you can create a luxurious, home spa experience. Here are some recipes for DIY body and facial scrubs that will slough off dead skin and moisturize rough patches, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Salt or Sugar Body Scrub
Grab an empty jar or some other waterproof container and fill it approximately half way with brown sugar or kosher sea salt – anything that is coarse. Add enough cold-pressed olive oil or coconut oil to your scouring agent of choice to make it slightly damp and then mix together. This makes for the perfect base scrub to use on feet, elbows, back and everything in between. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil (or a combination of oils) of choice – peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, sweet marjoram, tea tree, etc. Another idea is to add grated citrus fruit rind (lime, lemon, orange, ginger, grapefruit, etc.) for a sweet smell and added energy.
Keep the scrub container in your shower (but be careful, the oil makes things a little slippery) and rinse off after use. We also suggest making another mixture in a smaller container to keep next to your sink to scrub your hands whenever you wash them for a mini spa treatment. They’ll feel silky smooth after a quick rub down.
Fruity Facial Scrub
While the salt/sugar scrub is great for most body parts (arms, legs, back, shoulders, hands and feet), you need something gentle for the delicate skin on your face.
Try this sweet scrub to get that relaxed, tropical paradise feeling. Take a quarter cup of cubed, fresh pineapple and combine it with a quarter cup of cubed, fresh papaya. Mix those together with two tablespoons of brown sugar, a tablespoon of almond oil and a tablespoon of honey. Mash everything together and apply it to your skin for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. Here are a few more ideas for all-natural face scrubs that you can make at home.
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