Sitting indoors all day can affect your skin, it can result in dry or dull skin. Having a little bit of extra time on your hands is a perfect time to try experimenting with a homemade body scrub.
Body scrubs work as an exfoliant to the skin and help shed dead skin cells, revealing smooth, glowing skin. A properly exfoliated skin creates a smoother base and enables the skin to soak up moisture more efficiently. A body scrub can be a good addition to your skincare routine, either right before or during a shower.
In place of taking a trip to the store, you can make your body scrub using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. However, there are certain things to consider when making a homemade body scrub. When it comes to the grit, something with irregularly shaped particles can irritate the skin because they can cause micro-tears. This includes ingredients like salt or brown sugar.
Sugar is gentler on sensitive skin, while salt is more abrasive. If you want to use either of these ingredients, it's recommended you go for the fine-ground versions to be safe. If you have very sensitive skin, it's advised that you swap any gritty ingredients for less abrasive exfoliators like cornmeal or baking soda.
These scrubs cover everything from deep cleansing to balancing out your skin’s pH levels, all from the comfort of home. Below are some of the best DIY body scrubs you can make at home right now:
Oat and Coconut Oil Body Scrub
This particular scrub works effectively for sensitive or dry skin, according to. Honey acts as an emollient, softening skin from head to toe.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey.
Directions: Pulse the oats in the food processor to break them down. In a small bowl, mix in of coconut oil and honey. Let it sit, allowing the oats to absorb some of the oil and honey. After five minutes, check the consistency, adding more oil or honey as needed — this scrub should smooth over skin easily. Smooth onto dry skin and rinse.
Firming Coffee and Almond Oil Scrub
Caffeine can help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh coffee grounds, 1/4 cup fine ground salt, 1/4 cup almond oil.
Directions: Mix all ingredients and apply in the shower, lightly scrub for 3-5 minutes, and rinse.
Calming Yoghurt Scrub
This scrub helps in the regulation of the skin's pH level due to the probiotics found in yoghurt. While cornmeal helps gently exfoliate.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup of kefir or non-fat Greek yoghurt, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 3 drops essential oil.
Directions: Choose your favourite essential oil (Ross recommends sweet orange). Mix and apply in the shower, lightly scrub for 3-5 minutes, and rinse.
Brighten Rose Petal Scrub
This Ayurvedic dry scrub helps refine skin.
Ingredients: 1 cup almond flour, chickpea flour, or rice flour; 1 tablespoon dried rose petals, rose tea, or hibiscus tea.
Directions: Add just enough water to turn the mixture into a thick paste. Rub into dry skin, and remove with a damp cloth
Cleansing Green Tea Scrub
This scrub penetrates deeply into the skin for a powerful cleanse, while the green tea's antioxidant properties repair the skin's barrier.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons matcha green tea, 1/4 baking soda, 1/4 sesame oil.
Directions: Mix ingredients and apply to wet skin, lightly scrub for 3-5 minutes and then rinse off in the shower.
Papaya and Pineapple Scrub
This mask utilizes the natural enzymes and AHAs found in papayas and pineapples to effect exfoliation. This scrub should be left on to absorb into your skin like a mask to get the best result.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup poppy seeds or chia seeds, 1/3 cup pineapple, 1/3 cup papaya.
Directions: Pulse the ingredients in the food processor to create a thick pulp. Massage into dry skin and leave on for several minutes.
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