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Say Goodbye to Dead Skin Cells – 5 DIY Body Scrub Recipes

Maintaining good skin takes a lot of work. Every time you hop in the shower, you find the bathroom cabinet stuffed with beauty products. From moisturizing shampoos and soothing shaving creams to body butter and fruity face washes, you name it and the cabinet has it. In all the clutter, do you really need yet another beauty product to cram your shelf? If you do not have a good body scrub then the answer is YES. Body scrub adds youthful glow to your skin, removes dead skin cells, and tightens your skin. You do not necessarily have to splurge big bucks on body scrub; with simple ingredients found around the home, you can prepare your own personalized scrub. Here are 5 great body scrubs you can prepare at home.

Olive Oil Scrub

Here is a simple, yet effective means to reinvigorate your skin. Take ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of grounded oatmeal and a few drops of essential oils such as almond or lavender. Whisk all the ingredients together until they blend well. Don’t blend the ingredients into a smooth paste; the concoction needs to be a little coarse to work well as a scrub. Pour it in an airtight container and store it in a dry place for three weeks. Use a quarter-sized amount of scrub every week. It will slough off the dead skin and also reduce blemishes.

Vanilla Scrub

Who doesn’t like the candy smell of vanilla? It’s the ultimate way to treat your senses. In 2 minutes flat, you can have your very own personal vanilla brown sugar scrub ready. Take 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup almond oil, ½ tablespoon nourishing vitamin E oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Pour the ingredients together, give them a thorough whip and you are good to go. Not only will you smell deliciously sweet all day long, but your skin will feel baby soft too.

Banana Scrub

Bananas can do wonders for your skin. Mix 1 ripe banana with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and ¼ tablespoon of essential oil; mash the ingredients together. Take care not to over mash the banana, as it needs to be stubbly and not gooey. Lather it liberally all over your skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Once your skin starts to stretch, scrub it clean. The banana scrub will work the dirt out without leaving the skin dry or sore.

Coconut Scrub

Coconut oil can have a miraculous effect on your skin. It removes dead cells and lightens acne while intensely moisturizing your skin. Take 2 cups of organic coconut oil, 1 cup Epsom salt and 20 drops of pure lavender oil. Mix the ingredients together until they blend well. Store the concoction in an airtight container until it is ready to use. This scrub is unlike any other; you will get the soothing effect of lavender oil, the moisturizing effect of coconut oil and magnesium boost of Epsom salt all rolled in one.

Minty Cocoa Lip Scrub

When your body is getting so much pampering, why should your lips be any different? Take 1 tablespoon ultra fine sugar, ¼ tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil with 1 or 2 drops of mint oil. Mix all the ingredients together, whisk them well and store it in a container. Use it regularly for beautiful smooth lips.

Try different ingredients to find a perfect scrub for your skin. Treat yourself to a day spa ever so often for that added glow.

Gregg M Mejia