A lot of people neglect exfoliating the skin on their bodies. There are lots of cheap ways to slough off dead skin cells on your body- my favourite involves making and using my own yummy scrub. Here are some ideas that will help you get started on your own!
To begin with, you're going to need some granular material- a cup and a half, to be exact. Here are some ideas:
-White or brown sugar (smells delicious and makes skin super soft)
- Sea salt (has cleansing properties, leaves skin feeling polished)
- Pulverized rice (my favourite! I take wild rice or white rice and put it in my Magic Bullet until it is in very fine pieces- powder, practically. This leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft)
- Pulverized lentils (red or green lentils make an excellent scrub. I use the same method as above to get the texture needed)
- Ground almonds (this makes a very gentle scrub that leaves your skin feeling silky and moisturized)
Feel free to experiment and mix up what you use. For example, ground almonds and brown sugar makes a yummy smelling scrub perfect for sensitive skins.
The next component of your scrub is oil- you want to use about 1/4 a cup of the stuff. There are so many oils out there! Some ideas include:
- Extra virgin olive oil or olive oil (simple and highly effective)
- Almond oil (a light and penetrating oil)
- Coconut oil (highly moisturizing and smells delish!)
- Avacado oil (my favourite oil. This stuff is an all around excellent substance- it is incredibly healing as well as moisturizing)
As I said before, there are tons of oils out there. Feel free to use regular vegetable oil or canola oil as well.
If it so pleases you, add some extra niceties to your scrub. Ground herbs or flowers are an excellent choice- I use ground rose petals, ground lavender, chamomile (which I get from chamomile tea bags), and different types of teas. Cinnamon is a great choice as well. Get creative!
Essential oils are also an excellent choice when it comes to scrub additives. The variations are endless- if you have any bottles on hand, add about five drops to your scrub for an extra treat.
I've added coffee and cocoa to my scrubs for an indulgent treat- however, I found this was extremely messy. Be warned *mwahahaha*!
When using powdered additives, use 1/4 of a cup or less.
I like to mix my crubs in a plastic container that I can bring into the shower with me- jars are suitable as well.
Dump your cup and a half of granular material into your container. Add your 1/4 cup of oil and, using a fork, fluff the oil into the material. It should be similar to the texture of a slushy. Feel free to add more or use less, depending on the texture you like. Add two tablespoons of honey, although this is optional. Lemon juice is also optional- it adds extra exfoliating powers, however. Add about two tablespoons.
Add your essential oils and/or ground materials. If you don't have any, don't worry, oil and granular material makes a simple and effective scrub!
Bring your container into the shower and scrub your body down. Slather handfuls onto your arms, stomach, back, bum and legs and exfoliate by scrubbing in circular motions. Don't forget your neck, chest and feet as well. Be very thorough in your scrubbing! When you're finished, hop out of the shower- there should be a residue of oil left on your body. This will sink in and leave your skin feeling even softer than it already is. Top yourself off with body lotion for extra moisturization.