15 DIY Body Scrubs
Scrubs are a luxurious way to pamper skin since they exfoliate and moisturize at the same time and will leave skin feeling smooth and soft. There’s no need to buy expensive stuff, make it yourself for a quick and easy way to have a spa experience right at home. They make great gifts too!
The right way to scrub:
Use a Bath Mitt
Nothing works better and you can throw them in the washing machine (let them air dry) when you need to.
Scrub Towards Your Heart
Start at your feet and massage the scrub in a circular motion up the legs and the torso. Continue at your fingertips and massage up the arm.
Don’t Scrub Every Day
Avoid over-exfoliating by scrubbing just a couple of times a week. If you have sensitive skin, consider a lighter touch.
Don’t Scrub After You Shave
You risk stinging your skin. However, a good scrub before you shave is suggested to remove dead skin cells so they don’t clog up your razor.
It’s important to apply moisturizer after a good scrubbing. Any thick moisturizer or oils will work.
To make any body scrub you’ll need 3 things:
Any combination of those three categories makes an excellent body scrub.
2 parts exfoliating ingredient to 1 part biding agent, oil mixture.
An exfoliating ingredient
White sugar, brown sugar, salt or oatmeal
Almond, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon grass, Orange, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cinnamon, or even Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
A biding agent
Yogurt, aloe vera gel, honey, banana, avocado, powder milk or even a gentle liquid soap.
A few tips:
- Mix and store ingredients in glass jars to prevent reactions with other materials.
- Refrigerate any unused portion in a sealed container. Shelf life is only a couple of weeks.
- Use oatmeal when scrubbing the face and other sensitive areas.
- If using salt in recipes, some believe that salt from the Dead Sea are the most therapeutic since they help relieve pain from arthritis and bring a glow to skin.
Recipes from Tipnut