We love a great hydrating body scrub. There's nothing quite like a body scrub done at a Korean spa.
But when we can't get to the spa, we like to give ourselves a good body scrub at home. There's no need to pay $$$ for a store-bought scrub when you can make one yourself for pennies.
The following recipe is great because it contains ingredients that you typically have in your cupboards (once you buy the capsules and the essential oils, that is) and doesn't rely on fresh ingredients like fruits, yogurt or milk. Because it doesn't contain fresh foods, it won't spoil easily. It's also best used, like most full-body scrubs, with a partner to help you get to those hard-to-reach areas, i.e. your lower back.
- 1 cup sugar (I use plain sugar but brown sugar works well, too)
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (use coconut oil as a substitute if you don't have or can't use almond)
- 5 Vitamin E capsules (get these at the drugstore or a health-food store)
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (skip this if you don't have it)
- Place sugar, almond oil and essential oil into a bowl.
- Pierce the Vitamin E capsules and squeeze them into the bowl.
- Mix well. You want a consistency that's not too runny. Add more oil if you like.
- Step into the shower and rinse body so your skin is wet.
- Starting at your neck, work the scrub into skin by massaging in a circular motion. I like to wear exfoliating gloves when I apply this scrub, but don't worry if you don't have any, your hands will do!
- Be sure to massage body scrub into your arms, hands, legs, torso and buttocks. If you can reach your upper and lower back, do so, otherwise ask your partner to help you out. (You can get an exfoliating towel at health food stores or on Amazon and use them by pulling them back and forth across your back).
- Pay special attention to any super dry areas, such as the backs of your arms, your elbows and your buttocks.
- Once your body is completely exfoliated, rinse in warm water.
- Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.
The Benefits of Exfoliation
Use this body scrub weekly to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin cells, leaving behind a layer of fresh, rejuvenated skin. The practice can make you look younger and feel smoother. It's important to exfoliate both your face and your body year-round and no matter your skin type (sensitive complexions should do so less often) but I find in winter it's even more important.
For the less DIY-inclined, check out these almond oil based scrubs you can pick up pre-made.
As the name suggests, this almond-based exfoliating butter smells so good you might be tempted to eat it! While we don't suggest ingesting it, we think you'll find this blend of almond butter, almond oil, crushed almond shells, and sugar will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
This popular scrub combines brown sugar with primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba oils, plus a dose of peppermint and ginseng root extract to wake you up during a sleepy morning shower.
A basic sugar scrub built on a base of oils such as sunflower, safflower, and, of course, almond.
Next up, learn the right technique for using a body scrub and dry brush.