I love the fall and winter months. I love the way the cool crisp air feels across my face while I am walking. I enjoy apple picking and combing various flea markets. I love wearing warm flannel pajamas or feeling like a big baby in a cute hooded adult onesie. I get pleasure from how a nice cozy sweater feels against my skin, all warm and protective from the cold temperature.
However, we all know that the cold air can also cause some havoc to our skin. Making it feel less appealing and in some cases like itchy sand paper.
Below is a sugar and a salt mixture I ran across that you can try out right in the privacy of your own home and you may have all the ingredients you need already in your cupboards. There is no need for you to spend money at a fancy spa or buy expensive beauty products to enjoy the benefits of exfoliation. Here are some simple instructions for creating your very own home exfoliation remedies that can be quite effective and yummy.
2 Parts Salt or Sugar + 1 Part Beauty Oil + Essential Oil
= Basic Body Scrub
Here are types of sugar or salts that are readily available at any grocery or health food store.
Salts (listed finer to courser)
• Fine Salt
• Table Salt
• Sea Salt
• Kosher Salt
• Epsom Salt
Sugars (listed finer to courser)
• Fine Sugar
• Brown Sugar
• White Sugar
• Turbinado (raw sugar)
Suggested Beauty Oils for Body Scrubs
• Apricot oil – great for sensitive skin
• Avocado oil – great for dry skin
• Coconut oil – great for moisturizing
• Grape seed oil – great for oily skin, acne prone skin
• Jojoba oil – great for moisturizing for all skin types
• Olive oil – great for moisturizing (but strong smell)
• Sesame oil – great for its anti-oxidant properties
• Almond oil – great for moisturizing for all skin types
• Vitamin E oil – great for healing & moisturizing
Citrus Salt Body Scrub Recipe
• 1/2 cup sea salt
• 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
• 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
In a medium dry bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to not let any water touch them as it will dissolve the salt. Pour mixture into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.
To use: Just before showering, swirl ingredients together with your fingertips to mix. Clean body completely and just before exiting shower, apply Citrus Salt Body Scrub to body in a firm circular scrubbing motion with hands or a soft washcloth. Rinse off the mixture and pat body dry with a clean towel.
Using Salt to Exfoliate Your Skin Salt recipe.
In this body scrub, you can substitute 8 cups of coarse or kosher salt for the sugar in the recipe above. The nice thing about do it yourself scrubs is that you can then vary the ingredients to make your own favorite scents. Instead of essential oils, you may decide to add cocoa or coffee for a chocolate or mocha body scrub. Add vanilla; your scrub will smell fantastic. Here’s how:
Homemade Salt Scrub Recipe
• ¾ Cups coarse pickling or Kosher salt.
• ¼ Cups avocado, untoasted sesame oil or jojoba oil
• ¼ Cup apricot or peach kernel oil
• ¼ Cup unsweetened cocoa or ¼ Cup freeze dried coffee crystals
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• honey for smoothing the texture
When you make your own scrubs, you can afford to use the best ingredients. Add a handful of ground dried white tea leaves to your body scrub and follow it up with natural cucumber extract for a soothing, summery fragrance. With some practice, you’ll understand how to make practically any scrub you want. And they make terrific gifts: Buy some pretty jars and labels and package your own recipes to share with your friends and don’t sleep on your man either, he can benefit from the scrubs as well!