DIY Body Scrubs: Basic bar soap or body wash doesn’t usually do much for your skin, and in some cases can actually harm it, as it’s filled with chemical additives that can irritate your epidermis. But nicer soaps and washes are often expensive, difficult to obtain, or sketchy about their ingredients and effects.
One way to know exactly what you’re getting in a cleansing product is to make your own. And you’d be surprised how simple it is to make a body scrub that will leave your skin invigorated and beautiful.
Here are a few recipes for making your own revitalizing DIY body scrub.
Green Tea & Epson Salt Scrub
Green tea is one of nature’s miracle herbs, possessing amazing qualities when ingested internally or applied externally. It’s packed with antioxidants called catechins that have been shown in studies to combat cell damage, meaning they can minimize the effects of aging on the skin. Green tea firms and tightens your skin, smoothing it out.
You’ll see many skin products touting green tea as an ingredient, but you can harness its raw energy on your own with this scrub, which also includes Epsom salts, crystals of hydrated magnesium sulfate with a number of dermatological applications.
Combine 3 teaspoons of Epsom salts, 3 tsp of baking soda, and 1 bag of green tea leaves with 4 tbsp of olive or grapeseed oil. Apply with a circular motion and rinse.
Blueberry & Honey Body Scrub
Another antioxidant-rich plant is the beautiful blueberry bush. Like green tea, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that help repair and even prevent cell damage. Both blueberries and green tea have anti-inflammatory effects that make them a potent adversary for blemishes, zits, and cysts. But unlike green tea, blueberries are filled with Vitamin C, which has its own anti-aging properties.
Vitamin C evens your skin tone, protects you from pollution, improves your body’s natural hydration process, and dramatically brightens your complexion. This DIY scrub also includes honey, which calms your skin and eases the exfoliation process.
Wash 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries, mashing them with a fork, then blend with 2 tbsp honey and 1 tsp of fine sugar. Apply gently and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Almond Pulp Body Scrub
This is one of the easiest scrubs to make, and it’s a great way of using the leftover pulp from making almond milk. The scrub is hydrating and invigorating, a great way of bringing a little natural glow to your cheeks. (particularly in the winter months when skin can easily get dull and dehydrated).
After straining your almond milk, set the leftover pulp aside. (keep it refrigerated if you won’t be making your scrub immediately).
Mix one cup of the pulp in a bowl with two tbsp. of sweet almond oil or virgin coconut oil to give it a smoother consistency. Apply to your body in the shower or bath. You can refrigerate leftovers for a few days after preparing the scrub.
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