Homemade body scrubs

Body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your skin to keep it looking healthy, youthful, and radiant. Although you can purchase a body scrub of your preference from stores, below are a few easy recipes you can make for yourself at home.

What you will need

  • A container with a seal to store your scrub
  • Measuring cups or measuring spoons
  • A mixing bowl
  • A base oil e.g. avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil etc.
  • Mixing spoon
  • Food processor/blender

How often should you use a body scrub

It is not advisable to use body scrubs every day. Since they work as exfoliating products, over-exfoliation of your skin can cause dryness and irritation. Hence it’s best to use a scrub 2-3 times weekly. Also, scrubs are best used in a bath or shower.

For the best results, ensure your body is wet. Rub the scrub over your skin gently and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm or warm water.

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Brown sugar scrub

Brown sugar scrub

Brown sugar is a great exfoliator. It is most ideal for sensitive skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 small cup of brown sugar
  • Half a cup of any oil base of your choice. E.g. grapeseed oil, coconut oil etc.
  • Essential oil

Procedure

  • Pour your oil into a mixing bowl
  • Add your brown sugar
  • Mix thoroughly to get the right consistence
  • Add 3 drops of essential oils (only if wanted)
  • Once you are content with the consistency of the scrub, pour it into a container and seal it tightly

Coffee scrub

Coffee scrub

Coffee has been known to be useful in reducing cellulite. The little particles are not harsh on the skin but rather gentle and help remove dead skin cells.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cup of ground coffee
  • 5 tablespoons of warmed neem, coconut oil or almond oil
  • Quarter cup of fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Preparation

  • Pour the ground coffee into a bowl
  • Add the water
  • Stir well until smooth
  • Then add the 5 tablespoons of pre-heated oil
  • Follow with your quarter cup of salt

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Oats and coconut oil scrub

Oats and coconut oil scrub

This mixture helps with dry skin and moisture retention.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cup of rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Preparation

  • Put your rolled oats into a food processor or blender
  • Pulse it until the oats is broken down into smaller sizes
  • Add the honey and coconut oil
  • Allow the mixture to rest for 5 to 10 minutes until the oats have fully absorbed the honey and oil
  • If the mixture is too thick do not hesitate to add a little more honey or coconut oil

Green tea and sugar scrub

Green tea and sugar scrub

Green tea has antioxidant properties which have multiple benefits for the skin. It reduces sun burns and alleviates itchy skin.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of matcha green tea
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Preparation

  • Put your matcha green tea in a bowl
  • Add the brown sugar, olive oil and baking soda
  • Stir until everything is well mixed

Apply unto skin and leave on for 3-5 minutes

Pawpaw and honey scrub

Pawpaw and honey scrub

Pawpaw contains natural AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids) for clearer skin. It also contains the natural enzyme papain which helps with exfoliation of the skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pawpaw
  • Honey
  • 2 tablespoons of chai seeds
  • Almond oil

Preparation

  • Cut up your pawpaw and put it into a blender or food processor
  • Add the rest of your ingredients and pulse until mix has a reasonable consistency
  • Pour mixture into a bowl

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