A body scrub is a type of exfoliant that is used to remove dirt, oils and other impurities from the skin. Using a body scrub is one of the most popular beauty treatments in recent years as it is a quick and easy step to implement into a morning or evening routine.
Body scrubs are greatly beneficial to the skin in many ways as they have the ability to exfoliate rough and flaky skin to remove dead skin cells and restore the smoothness of the skin. A regular body scrub can help to even out the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. As the body scrub is gently rubbed against the skin it stimulates blood flow and improves circulation. They help reduce the formation of age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use of a body scrub can help to improve the overall tone and texture of your skin. Resulting in looking brighter and younger.
Body scrubs are usually made from a blend of salt, sugar and other ingredients. While some people prefer to purchase commercial body scrubs such as those available from Eluxura, it is also very easy to make a scrub at home. Homemade scrubs include everyday ingredients which are inexpensive and easy to find at your local grocery store.
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Ingredients of a body scrub
There are three types of ingredients required to make a body scrub at home. They are:
Base ingredients: The base ingredient acts as the physical exfoliant. There are several options to choose from including; sugar (white, brown or coconut sugar), salt (regular, Pink Himalayan or Epsom salts), coffee grounds, or oats for a gentle option.
Oils: The next ingredient required is an oil which acts as an emollient to trap moisture, and soften the skin. Choose from olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or avocado oil.
Optional extras: Here there is the freedom to choose from a variety or of massage oils, or aromatic essential oils depending on the benefits required. For example, lavender oil contains antiseptic properties that can help reduce the appearance of acne breakouts, while rose oil can help minimize scars and reduce redness on the skin. Peppermint oil is also a great choice for a body scrub because it stimulates the pores and helps promote blood circulation. In addition to using essential oils in your homemade body scrub, you can also add things like lemon juice, zest of a lemon, lime or orange, honey, herbs and spices or aloe vera to the ingredients in order to improve the effectiveness.
How to make the scrub
- In order to make the scrub, add 1 cup of the exfoliant, half a cup of the oil and as little or as much of the additional ingredients as desired into a large bowl.
- Mix them together until well combined. Store in a jar until ready to use.
- Then, simply apply the scrub to your skin using the massaging technique. Rinse off with warm water.
The scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Repeating this process on a weekly basis can improve the appearance of your skin and is a great way to improve your appearance and boost your confidence.
Sample body scrub recipes
Pampering Vanilla and Almond Scrub: Mix 1 cup of brown sugar with half a cup of almond oil. Add in a few drops of vanilla extract and enjoy.
Revitalizing Citrus Scrub: Mix 1 cup of white sugar and half a cup of coconut oil. Add to this a few drops of lemon oil and the zest of a fresh lemon. This is a great way to energize first thing in the morning.