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Choose Your Exfoliant and Oil
There are lots of exfoliates out there but I like to stick with the standard sugar or salt scrub.
Some options: brown sugar, raw sugar, table sugar, flavored natural sugars, sea salt, table salt, coarse salt, and large grain salt. You can also use epsom salts or
mix half epsom salts with sugar or salt to create your scrub.
When using salt scrubs, there are some things you definitely need to remember. If you have an open wound or skin irritation, salt WILL sting. If is also harder, so you might want to grind some of it finer or use it in a foot bath. Salt is not only muscle relaxing, but also detoxifying.
If you’re using sugar, you can use any of the types above at your preference. Brown sugar has a stronger scent and is gentler against the skin. Remember that sugar scrubs do not contain muscle relaxing qualities like the salt scrubs do.
You can choose from a wide variety of oils to make your scrub, and some you probably have in your pantry now! Your oil will be your moisturizer. As you exfoliate away the dead swin, your new skin will become moisturized thanks to your oil selection.
Some types to try: Safflower oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and remember you can add a few drops of scented oils like lavendar,vanilla, citrus or floral oils.
Note: Don’t use baby oil as it will not penetrate your skin and moisturize it.When choosing your oil, remember to consider allergies. For instance, I’m not allergic to peanuts but my best friend is.
When creating your scrub, you might want to consider a multi-tasking ingredient. You can add epsom salts in combination with your regular salt for a different consistency. Add baking soda for a nice fizz. Honey is a natural moisturizer if you have dryer areas to exfoliate like feet or elbows. You can also grate up soap finely to make a combination scrub/cleanser.
Scenting Your Scrub:
You have tons of options when it comes to giving your scrub an amazing scent. Besides scented oils, you can also try natural ingredients like ginger zest for extra soft exfoliation, citrus zest, and you can also try clear teas. Try something like jasmine, green tea, or a white tea. They smell amazing and can be very relaxing, as well as a pleasant scent. You can also try fresh herbs like mint or lavender. Steep the tea or herbs in oil by gently pressing the leaves to get the oils out to scent it. You can also put it through a food processor to blend it all together and strain it if you wish.
Combinations to Consider:
Keep your scrub in an airtight container. If it is kept in the shower, remember that water needs to not be able to penetrate it. Lip scrubs should be very fine, consider grinding it. Hope these recipes and information helped you!