Scrubs are great to use and recommended for their exfoliating properties. They offer a combination of cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration beyond what you can get from your soap or shower gel. Scrubs slough off dead skin cells, revealing newer, softer skin, and restore moisture. We’ve been on the lookout for a good hand & body scrub for a while now and couldn’t seem to find a good one on the shelves. They were either so thick and coarse that it was difficult to use and get them out of their package, or not coarse enough to reveal any benefits. So how did we come about making this Homemade Hydrating Sea Salt Hand & Body Scrub?
One of our good friends shared this video on Facebook from 5-Minute Crafts which gave us the idea (if you want to follow that recipe, please note that the measurements are incorrect). One simple search on Google revealed tons of recipes of scrubs you can make yourself.
So we did some research into scrubs, specifically, what the best ingredients are to use, and what each of those ingredients does for you. The best part of making it at home is not only that you can control how much and what types of those ingredients you want to use, all without the added preservatives and other chemicals designed to make the product last, but also you can save some serious money.
So scroll down for the recipe and instructions, and also some tips for custom-making your own!
INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS
Your skin absorbs anything you put on it, so it’s always best to use the most natural ingredients.
Mix well the following ingredients into a bowl, then transfer into a shower safe container. Shake or mix well before use.
150ml/5oz Olive Oil
500g/1.10lbs Sea Salt
10ml/0.35oz Grapefruit Essential Oil
Note: These measurements gave us a little over one full jar of product of 500g/1.10lbs.
You will find that it will leave your skin extremely soft! For an added hydration bonus, use the shower gel first, then exfoliate, so that you don’t wash off the hydrating benefits of the oil.
CUSTOM MAKING YOUR OWN
So what should you take into consideration when making your own scrub? The simplest of formulas have three main components: an exfoliator, a hydrating carrier oil, and an essential oil.
We used coarse sea salt for ours, which is basically evaporated sea water. You can also use any other type of salt, white or brown sugars, ground coffee or oatmeal, provided that it has a coarse texture. Also, brown sugar is probably best if you have sensitive skin. You will see that the coarse texture of the exfoliator will make way for the hydrating oil to penetrate the skin.
Which oil to use?
In any scrub, you will need to use a carrier oil that hydrates the skin and provides a base for the essential oil. We used olive oil which is a natural moisturizer due to its antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. You can also use coconut oil, almond oil or avocado oil.
Which essential oil to use?Homemade Hydrating Sea Salt Hand & Body Scrub
We chose grapefruit essential oil because it smells amazing! We love that fresh, citrus smell. It’s also an antiseptic. If you like citrus smells, lemon, and orange essential oils are right on your block as well. If you prefer something more calming, we suggest lavender or chamomile. Other options include peppermint, almond, tea tree, mint or sandalwood.
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