Scrubs make an important part of our daily skin care regime. For exfoliating the skin, scrubbing at regular intervals is vital. There are all many fancy cosmetic scrubs available in the market, and you can easily end up spending quite a good sum of money on them. However, if you are looking for the effect and not for the looks or packaging of the product, you can make your own scrub at home, through one of the most common ingredients, the salt. Using Epsom salt or sea salt for the purpose can be very effective as they are more readily absorbed into the skin and also help in reducing skin inflammation. However, if you just want to stick to your table salt, there is no problem in it either. Here is how you can prepare simple and effective salt scrubs at home,
Salt and citrus body scrub
This is an easy formula which can ensure the best health of your skin without the harmful effects of the cosmetic products. The process of making it has been described below in steps,
- 2 tablespoon salt
- Peels from 3-4 lemon
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 2 spoon honey
Collect the lemon peels and slice them into smaller pieces. Do not crush them rather try to keep them in smaller yet granular shape. Now take the salt and add the lemon peels to it. Follow with the olive oil and the honey. Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon and store it in an airtight container. You can also add a few drops of lemon in the mixture if you are planning to keep it for more than 3-4 days.
The salt in the scrub clears out the pores and the dead skin cells and also works to reduce any skin inflammation or infection. Salt has this natural ability to kill germs and hence this scrub can be very effective during the summer days, when the chance of getting a skin infection is high. Salt also helps the skin to retain moisture.
The lemon peel slices, work in two ways. Firstly, due to their coarse texture they offer some scrubbing effect on the skin and apart from that the Vitamin C content of the lemon peel helps in fighting germs and gives antioxidant effects. Lemon also has skin lightening properties and hence makes an excellent ingredient for this scrub.
Honey is a natural skin moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties. It also has skin lightening abilities. Adding honey to this salt scrubber ensures that your skin is well moisturized and is not dry due to scrubbing. Olive oil serves the purpose of moisturizing the skin giving it a dose of natural antioxidants. You can reduce the percentage of olive oil in the scrub depending on the season and your skin type.
Salt and oatmeal scrub
This is another salt scrub that can work equally good for both dry and oily skin. You can use sea salt instead of the common salt to get maximum benefits of this scrub. Check out the ingredients and the process,
- 2 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon uncooked and grounded oatmeal
- 1 spoon grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Take the salt in a container and add the uncooked oatmeal to it. Mix well and then add the grapeseed oil and the coconut oil. You can also add an essential oil like lavender oil to this scrub to make it even more effective and relaxing. Use this scrub twice a week to get the best results.
The oatmeal present in the scrub helps in clearing the pores and also soothes the skin. Oatmeal is known for its natural ability to moisturize the skin and to fight skin infections. The grapeseed oil works as a source of skin friendly antioxidants that can boost the skin health. It also fights the signs of skin aging. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and helps in removing the skin wrinkles. You can reduce the quantity of coconut oil in this scrub depending on the season and your skin type.
Sea salt and coffee scrub
A body scrub made from sea salt and ground coffee can exfoliate your skin in the best way while nourishing it. The best thing about the sea salt and coffee scrub is that it also helps in controlling the cellulite with regular use.
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
- 2 tablespoon coffee
- 1 tablespoon fenugreek seed powder
- 2 tablespoon honey
First take the coffee in a grinder and ground it. The next step is to mix the grounded coffee with the sea salt. Using a mixer for the same can ensure even mixing. Finally add 1 tablespoon of grounded fenugreek seeds in the mixture along with 2 tablespoons of honey. Ensure that the total mixture is coated properly with honey but the honey should not be in excess. You can use this scrub in place of your cosmetic scrub to get better results without any side effects.
The coffee present in the scrub is known for having effectiveness in clearing off cellulite which can be a headache for many. Hence, if you have cellulite that does not seem to go away, using this scrub on those parts of the body can be highly effective. The fenugreek seed helps the scrub to hold onto your skin and it also helps in clearing off the dead cells, dirt and excess oil from the skin pores. The purpose of the honey is to moisturize the skin and the natural anti-bacterial and soothing effect of it also ensures nourishment for your skin. So, if you are looking out for a complete scrub for this summer which can provide you the best results of skin exfoliation, this Sea Salt and Coffee scrub is a must to try.
The above salt scrubs that you can easily prepare at home with simple ingredients will not only exfoliate your skin but will also ensures that your skin is nourished and moisturized in the best way.