Make your own moisturizing Body Scrub for revitalized skin
A product that often carries a hefty price tag, body polishes, sugar scrubs, or salt scrubs are incredibly easy to make with inexpensive ingredients you can purchase at your grocery store. I’m always amazed to see an 8 or 16 oz tub of scrub priced at $24 or even $36 when you can Do It Yourself! So in my effort to create a more DIY friendly Philadelphia, I’m here to share with you a short video on how to do it. Now, mind you, I’m no professional videographer*, but just a local crafter with an on-line business called Lilith’s Apothecary, specializing in herbal bath, body & skin care for a natural home spa experience.
Salt or sugar scrubs are absolutely marvelous. There are many versions out there, some which contain soap or ‘whipped’ soap, some that are emulsified with other oils and waxes, and many that are simple combinations of salt or sugar and oils. Cheap versions –such as some chain bath & body stores that I won’t name outright–use petroleum-based oils as the primary ingredient in these products. Not helpful. The point of a body scrub is to provide exfoliation to slough off the outer dead skin sells and thus ‘polish’ the skin into a healthy, revitalized glow. Not only does this get rid of the dull outer skin cells, but it also increases circulation and invigorates the tissue. The oils then sink into the fresh layer of skin to provide nourishment, moisture, and protection from the elements.
Indeed, oils not only provide SPF protection against UV rays, but the oil also acts as a natural barrier to keep the skin from getting too dry or chapped. Scrubs are great in the summer because they keep your skin glowy and fresh, and somehow, even more necessary in the winter because they keep your skin protected and well-moisturized. I find that I don’t need a moisturizer when I use a polish towards the end of a shower or bath, and my skin doesn’t get that winter itchy, dry feeling that can be the norm.
Here are the Ingredients you need to make your own scrub, and do watch the video below!
1 large, wide-mouthed jar, preferably 8 oz or 16 oz volume
1-2 cups fine-medium ground salt OR sugar (including brown or white sugar)
4 oz neutral, vegetable oil (sesame, grapeseed, jojoba, etc)
10-20 drops essential oil or essential oil blend (lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, etc)
10-20 drops Vitamin E (if possible) ~ antioxidant to protect the oils
* note: This video was originally intended for use on AroundPhilly.com