Using a body scrub is a great way to exfoliate your skin and it also helps in leaving your skin moisturized and supple. However, body scrubs bought from stores can be expensive and most often can contain unnatural and harmful ingredients. Good news is that body scrubs are quite easy to make by yourself and you are likely to have most of the basic ingredients sitting there right in your pantry. This article will list some ways in which you can make your own body scrub and customize it the way you like it.
Purpose of the body scrub
Before making a body scrub you must know where in your body you will be applying it to. This will help determine what kind of ingredients to use. Body scrubs for tough, calloused areas like the heels or elbows will be different from those used on sensitive or tender places such as the face or lips. You can buy bath salts to make certain kinds of scrubs but most scrubs use moisturizing exfoliants such as sugar as one of the main ingredients. After an abrasive scrub like that, you can moisturize your skin with a lotion or body butter afterwards. Remember to use an essential oil or any other colorant with caution as they may cause irritation and allergies.
Choosing the exfoliator
To make a body scrub, you typically use two parts of an exfoliator and one part of a carrier oil of your choice. Exfoliators serve different purposes for example; Good himalayan pink salt is a harsher and more abrasive exfoliator than others and can be used on tough areas of the body such as heels and elbows. It helps in detoxifying the skin. Ground coffee is excellent in making your skin look brighter as it helps tighten blood vessels and is also considered to help hide varicose veins. Sugar however, is the most common exfoliator found in body scrub as it more gentle than the other exfoliators and is excellent in reintroducing moisture back in to the skin.
Choosing a carrier oil
The next step is to choose the carrier oil that helps with your purpose of using a body scrub. Every oil has different properties so research on how they will help you. Olive oil is typically the most common oil that is used as it is found easily and is good for any skin type. Oils such as coconut oil is thick and luxurious and is a great moisturizer however will not work well on oily skin. Almond oil has medium consistency and is absorbed easily on to the skin.