Any spa or salon will gladly charge you up to $300 for a luxurious all over body scrub. Marketed body scrubs will easily ask you to pay $50 or so for one of their products. But why spend all of this money when you can make your very own wonderful body scrub at home, and for a fraction of the cost?
To give yourself your own salt scrub, you need:
- Salt or sugar
- Body oil
- A bath tub with warm water
Sound simple enough? It is. Here’s how you can treat yourself to a DIY salt scrub:
1) You can begin the process by seeing what you have available for a scrub. Any kind of salt will do the trick, whether it be Epsom salts, sea salt, or even your run of the mill table salt. If you have sensitive skin, you can use any type of sugar as the exfoliate in your scrub.
2) Now it’s time to choose the oil you would like to use. Baby oil is always a great, cheap alternative, though you can also choose coconut oil, almond oil, vegetable oil or safflower oil.
3) To create the scrub, combine one part salt or sugar with one part oil. You will generally want to use ay where from ½ cup to 1 cup of salt or sugar. Mix it all together with a spoon, and don’t be too concerned about the salt settling at the bottom of the mix
TIP: Want to give yourself an extra bit of luxury? Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix and stir it in with the salt scrub.
4) Step into your bath (you can choose to rub the scrub on your dry skin rather than wet skin) and then rub the mixture gently onto your skin. You can choose to use loofah mitts that will give your skin a extra scrub.
5) Take one spoonful of the mixture and then rub it all over your body in a clockwise motion. Take care to spend some extra time scrubbing that thicker, harder skin, like your elbows, knees ad feet. Try not to apply the mixture to your face or neck as it may be too harsh for your skin. Once you have scrubbed your body down, rinse it off thoroughly in the bath.
6) When you step out of the bath, pat your skin dry. Your skin should be left feeling smooth and moisturized, so you probably will not need to use a lotion or moisturizing cream.
You shouldn’t need to follow this process every day, only every week or two (use this process less for sensitive skin). Within a month you will have noticeably softer, smoother skin.
TIP: This body scrub will leave the bottom of your tub quite slick, so take extra care stepping out of the tub and make sure you clean the tub afterwards so that the next person will not slip and fall.