DIY Bodyscrubs

The Health Benefits of a Body Scrub

Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. That turnover process slows as we get older; to give it a nudge, reach for a body scrub. A scrub works in a few ways: As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface. Plus, after all that deep cleansing work in the shower, your post-wash moisturizer will be better able to soothe and hydrate your skin. But another important benefit of using a scrub is how good it can feel in the moment. Being mindful of the refreshing texture against your skin and captivating scent that fills the shower allows you to enjoy the treatment as it’s happening—an experience that can lift your mood and affect your outlook as you continue your day or evening. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookie Scrub

4 Lemons

1 tbs Poppy Seeds

1 cup Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

¼ cup Cornmeal

½ cup Coconut Oil

  1. If the coconut oil is solid, melt it and cool to room temperature. ”These recipes require the coconut oil to be in liquid form for thorough mixing,” explains Pelletier. “The easiest way to melt coconut oil is in a saucepan, at low heat. Keeping stirring while it is heating until it’s just melted, and take off the heat to cool to room temperature. As oils are heated their healing properties change, so the less heat used, the better.” If you must microwave, heat for 10 seconds at a time until liquefied.
  2. Zest the lemons, then leave the zest to dry for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. If you don’t have a zester, carefully remove the lemon peel with a vegetable peeler and then mince the peel with a knife.
  4. In a bowl, mix poppy seeds, sugar, cornmeal, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  5. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine.
  6. Store in a sealed jar.

Mint and Coffee Scrub

This scrub is more unique because….DRUMROLL….Coffee fights cellulite. Cellulites enemy #1 is caffeine, which tightens and provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically. When applied religiously, it has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite—especially over time.

½ cup Coffee Grounds

2 tbs Mint Leaves or 2 peppermint tea bags

½ cup Sugar

½ cup Coconut Oil

  1. If the coconut oil is solid, melt it and cool to room temperature.
  2. If you are using fresh mint, pluck all mint leaves from the stalks and spread onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at lowest temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Let the leaves cool completely before crumbling them between your fingers into a powder. If you are using peppermint tea bags, snip open the tea bags and use the leaves.
  5. In a bowl, combine coffee, mint and sugar.
  6. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine.
  7. Store in a sealed jar.

Almond Joy Scrub

½ cup Almonds

1 tbs Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Sugar

1 tbs Coconut Flakes, unsweetened

½ cup Coconut Oil

  1. Grind the almonds in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, put the nuts in a sandwich bag or tea towel and lightly hit with hammer to pulverize. You can also use pre-ground almond meal.
  2. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and vanilla.
  3. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Store in a sealed jar.

Honey and Lemon Scrub

The best scrub may be no farther than your pantry. Honey is one of nature’s best humectants, drawing water into the skin, while sugar buffs away dead cells so gently that it dissolves as it works. A touch of citrus offers an invigorating scent.

Add 1 teaspoon pure honey to 1/4 cup light olive oil. Blend with 1 cup raw or granulated sugar. Mix in 2 teaspoon fresh citrus zest. Blend until well mixed, then store in a jar.

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    May 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    They all sound delicious haha but will giving Almond Joy Scrub a swirl! Great scrub recipes!

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