No matter how much SPF you applied this summer, your skin is usually in need of some TLC come Fall. While we’d first recommend a luxurious body scrub treatment (they not only polish the skin, but they’re just as relaxing as a facial), we understand a trip to the spa isn’t necessarily in everyone’s budget.
So for those who can’t hit the spa, we’ve compiled a list of four super-easy DIY scrub recipes you can make at home. With a pestle (or plastic spatula) and a few kitchen staples, your skin will be revived to its pre-beach bum state, and you’ll get some relaxation time in, too. Quick tip: Store leftover product in a mason jar for future use! Most scrubs can have a shelf life of a month or more.
Cool Mint Sugar Scrub
“Sugar scrubs are a great way to revitalize summer skin that has seen too much sun,” says Jennifer Lugo, the founder of Verefina, who offers this cooling scrub recipe. “The sugar manually exfoliates and is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, which dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together and makes them easier to remove.”
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp sunflower oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
2/3 cup white sugar
1 mint tea bag (optional)
1. Blend olive oil, sunflower oil, and peppermint essential oil.
2. Pour sugar into a separate bowl. Cut open the mint tea bag and measure 1/4 tsp leaves into the sugar and stir.
3. Stir the sugar mixture and oil together.
4. When showering, use two tablespoons of scrub and cleanse in circular motions from the shoulders down.
Note: For the lazy-girl version of this recipe, purchase Verefina’s ready-made Sugar Scrub ($19.50, verefina.com), which includes similar ingredients.
Honey and Cornmeal Scrub
“The honey nourishes parched skin and the cornmeal will whisk away dryness,” says Hilary Glass of Napa Organics.
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
1. Stir the honey and cornmeal thoroughly.
2. The scrub should be applied to moist skin, worked in slowly, and then rinsed.
Coconut Lavender Scrub
Kristen Bocanegra of Mommemeals.com formulated this scrub for pregnant moms, but the recipe rejuvenates any dry or sun-damaged skin. The chef has also dubbed the formula as “Project: No Stretch Marks.” We can get down with that.
2 cups coconut oil
2 cups kosher-cut sea salt or course granulated sugar
½ teaspoon of lavender oil
1 tablespoon dried lavender (optional)
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary (optional)
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixer.
2. Spread the mixture into ice cube trays and place in the freezer until fully solid.
3. After washing with soap, rub one scrub cube all over your skin. Rinse with warm water.
Coconut Coffee Scrub
For sensitive skin, coffee grinds work as a great exfoliant. “The rich blend of antioxidant-filled coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil, combined with the refreshing scent of vanilla extract, is a perfect combination of natural ingredients to remove and repair rough skin,” says Carolyn Doe, the spa director at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C.
1 cup virgin coconut oil
½ cup ground coffee
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Blend ingredients together.
2. When showering, rub the scrub into the skin in circular motions to exfoliate. Rinse with warm water.
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