Wondering how come your products are not getting you the bright, hydrated, silky soft skin you’ve been dreaming of being in? Here is the answer to your heart’s desire. The answer is not in your bathroom cabinet -no. It is in your kitchen cabinet. That’s right -the kitchen. Nature provides the essential nutrients to sustain the human body both inside and out. A homemade scrub is the answer to your skin’s thirst for hydration, brightness, and silky softness.
Making a homemade scrub is easy once you get the process started. For a sugar scrub, all you need are the following:
- A bowl and a mixing utensil.
- Coconut oil (1/2 cup)
- Sugar (1/2 cup)
- Optional: One essential oil for aromatherapy like rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, or lemon (1-3 drops)
A great component of coconut oil is that it does not go rancid quickly, and has a shelf life of 18 months, yet can last beyond the shelf life date. If you buy it, and just leave it on the shelf for a while, it has a good probability that it will still be good for use when the time is made to help your skin.
- Pour in the sugar and then the coconut oil in a bowl.
- Then mix it and make sure the sugar is incorporated well into the coconut oil.
- Next, for a scent you can add, and mix in the essential oil of your choice.
- Use scrub in circular motions on skin, and rinse off.
Once you have made and stored the sugar scrub in a jar it can last for up to 3 weeks. So, when you make time to pamper yourself this oil will be ready and willing to do it’s marvelous work!
How it Works:
Hydration is key to happy skin. In order for hydration to happen you want your newest skin to be ready to receive the hydrating elements that are being placed on it i.e. lotion. However when the top layer of the skin hasn’t been maintained well, it will not have the newest skin available to soak in hydrating products like avocado oil body butter (which I highly recommend). Rather, without regular exfoliation it will be more prone to have dead skin that prevents optimal intake of the lotions being used; this is of a great hinderance to improve the skin’s appearance. Exfoliation is key to get the refreshed skin you’ve been desiring. If your skin is has been sun burt, do not use a scrub as it can be hurtful. Exfoliation takes off the dead skin layer and reveals newer more vibrant and glowing skin!
Coconut Oil is Fantastic for a Scrub :
Yes -it is the same coconut oil used to cook food. This is why it was in the kitchen. I don’t recommend using it as a multipurpose oil for both cooking and beauty purposes. Can you use it for both -yes! However, it is good to have one bottle only for cooking and the other bottle of coconut oil only for beauty purposes. Coconut oil has saturated fats or triglycerides, which is the reason it will retain the moisture your skin has been seeking! It is a good source of vitamin E for the skin as a topical. Vitamin E prevents premature aging and wrinkling of the skin among many other benefits. Proteins in coconut oil allow your skin to appear rejuvenated! It is good to use the scrub once or twice a week. There is a gamut of coconut oils. I recommend a certified organic virgin coconut oil (see the solidified oil above). Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money for the purpose of the scrub; discount store tend to carry the oil at a great price.
Sugar vs. Salt:
Sugar scrubs are the way to go if, you have never made a homemade scrub. Sugar scrubs can be used for any skin type as the granules are small, and will not be abrasive to the skin on the body. Sugar contains glycolic acid which will lock in moisture, conditions the skin, and promotes skin turnover allowing younger skin to resurface. The variety of sugar sizes are beneficial as even those with really dry and rough skin will be able to see positive results. Using a scrub has the ability to improve blood circulation as well. Sugar scrubs is the preferred method for skin hydration.
Salt scrubs can be used in place of sugar with it’s pro and cons. Salt scrubs will give a detoxifying element to the pores, has an anti-inflammatory element, and relaxes muscles, which sugar scrubs do not have. It is also more potent to use on the harder skin surfaces such as elbows and feet. The scrub is more abrasive because of the jagged shape of the salt. One should not use a body scrub on the face. Either scrub will leave you with a refreshed skin feel. The question to answer is do I want more hydration or pore detoxification?
A nice body scrub is among the best practices for your skin care! A sugar scrub is recommended as it is the least abrasive and is able to work well in rough areas. Salt scrubs are great! I think it’s just better to start with the nonabrasive sugar scrub. They can be made without coconut oil, but I know this oil works wonders! Coconut oil is great for cooking and has a variety of beauty uses, so the product won’t go unused. What are you waiting for -go make yourself a skin rejuvenating recipe!