We all know that the beauty and cosmetics industry is worth billions, but have you ever considered what some of the most popular and best selling items consist of? Often, the best cosmetics are those made from the most basic ingredients, and it can be staggering to think that many of us spend thousands of pounds annually on products which can be easily be made at home. One example of this is the huge range of salt and sugar body scrubs available on the market. While their marketing will actively promote the skin benefits of salt and sugar, many of us still don’t realise that the very same ingredients can be found on our supermarket shelves and kitchen cupboards! Here are a few ways to save money, packaging and avoid unwanted preservaties and synthetic fragrances by making your own luxurious homemade body scrubs using natural exfoliators: salt and sugar.
Sea salt and olive oil
This body scrub is the most basic of them all, but just as effective at smoothing and moisturising as any of the high-end body exfoliators on the market. Sea salt works to remove dead skin cells, smoothing its surface, while olive oil moisturises intensively. A handful of coarse sea salt and a generous glug of olive oil is all you need to keep your skin polished from head to toe, or mix equal parts sea salt and olive oil and store in an airtight jar to keep for future use.
Berry face scrub
Berries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants which are brilliant for your skin’s health, especially when it comes to maintaining a clear facial complexion. Take a cup of frozen mixed berries and leave them at room temperature until they are soft. Add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and mix together with your fingers. Massage the mixture into damp skin before rinsing. This refreshing exfoliator will remove dead skin and unblock pores whilst delivering essential antioxidants directly to your face, helping you to fight blemishes.
Sweet coconut scrub
Coconut oil is a beautifully scented, naturally occurring oil which has a huge range of uses within the world of health and beauty, and is especially useful in homemade body scrubs. Combine half a cup of organic coconut oil with half a cup of coarse brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Combine the ingredients together and slather onto your skin in the bath or shower for a rich and sweet-scented way to achieve smoother skin. Store in an airtight jar and use as needed over the following weeks.
Lemon and salt scrub
Lemon is an effective and natural cleanser, and combined with salt, can make an invigorating exfoliator to use in the shower- a great way to wake you up in the morning! Combine half a cup of sea salt with half a cup of your favourite oil (olive and almond both work very well). A teaspoon of fresh lemon zest adds a citrussy kick, waking up the senses and delivering the cleansing power of lemon straight to your skin.
Banana and yoghurt scrub
This face scrub is definitely good enough to eat, and is perfect for use on dry skin. Take 1 ripe banana and mash into a lumpy paste. Add in half a cup of yoghurt and stir in to form a creamy mixture. Next, gently swirl in half a cup of coarse brown sugar. To make the scrub extra luxurious, add in a teaspoon of vanilla, or your favourite essential oil. Once in the shower, massage the whole mixture onto your face and body and rinse off. The combination of banana and yoghurt will moisturise deep into your pores while the sugar will gently remove dry or dead skin. This body scrub should be used straight after making because of its fresh ingredients.
Peppermint foot scrub
This invigorating scrub is a great way to achieve soft, smooth feet. Mix half a cup of coarse sea salt with half a cup of oil (olive, almond, canola, sesame etc). A few drops of peppermint oil will bring a beautiful, awakening scent to your scrub whilst helping tired feet to feel fresh again. Massage the mixture into your feet, focussing on the heel, ball, between the toes and anywhere that skin appears dry or calloused. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft towel and your feet will feel beautifully pampered.
Gentle lip scrub
Chapped lips can be a frustrating problem, and whilst moisturising with a natural lip balm can help them to heal, all that dead skin can be difficult to get rid of. 2 tablespoons of olive oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of caster sugar can help to gently remove dry, dead skin from your lips. Just dip a clean finger into the mixture and apply like you would an ordinary lip balm. Massage into your lips before rinsing off or simply licking away. Use twice a day and you should be well on your way to soft, smooth lips.
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