With the increasing levels of pollution and changes in the weather our skin ends up feeling and looking lifeless. Over time, layers of dead skin cells, dirt and grime accumulate on our skin and as a result our skin looks dull.
Exfoliating the skin is a great way to clean out all the dead skin cells, open up clogged pores and rejuvenate the skin. Body scrubs are exactly what you need to pamper yourself and get healthy, happy skin!
Make sure to conduct a patch test on a small area of skin before using it on the full body.
Body scrubs can be bought from markets or online stores but why not make them yourself when you can! Making your own exfoliating body scrub will be both cheaper and more effective and all these benefis without any chemical incorporated.
Let's take a look at 10 of the most popular, easy and inexpensive body scrubs made using natural ingredients found commonly in your pantry.
1. Oatmeal Scrub
• 1/4 cups oatmeal
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons rose water
• Milk or milk powder (optional)
Grind the oatmeal until it becomes fine and powder like. Put it in a clean bowl and add the brown sugar (you can substitute it with white refined sugar too) and rose water. Mix it well until it has a thick paste like constituency. The mixture should neither be too dry nor too runny.
This scrub is wonderful for sensitive skin as it soothes, hydrates and softens the skin. It gently removes dry skin flakes and renews the skin. Oatmeal has soothing properties; brown sugar is a great exfoliator rich with antioxidants; rose water makes the skin supple and soft.
2. Sugar Scrub
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/2 cup almond oil
In a clean bowl mix both the varieties of sugar along with the oils and stir well to form a nice batter. Gently rub the formula into your skin using circular motions. Rinse it off using a warm washcloth.
Sugar is an excellent exfoliating agent because of its tiny granules which scrub well and result in glowing, healthier looking skin. Moreover, sugar is a natural humectant and a source of glycolic acid. Coconut and almond oil will moisturize and hydrate the skin. This scrub is great for dull skin as it will leave your skin dewy and fresh.
3. Turmeric Scrub
• 1/4 cup Fresh turmeric paste or powder
• 1 cup curd or yogurt
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 2 capsules Vitamin E oil
Mix the ingredients in a clean bowl till it becomes a beautiful paste of light golden yellow. Apply the mask all over your body and rub it well to let the skin reap its benefits. Rinse off after a few minutes.
Turmeric is a revered ingredient in Indian cuisine and beauty treatments. Turmeric removes discoloration and brightens the skin with an added golden glow. Turmeric also has anti inflammatory, soothing and healing properties. Yogurt dissolves dead skin cells; sugar exfoliates and brightens; Vitamin E oil hydrates and nourishes the skin.
4. Coffee Scrub
• 1/2 cup coffee grounds
• 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon rose water (optional)
Blend the ground coffee along with the oil, sugar and rose water to form a nice paste. Apply it on damp skin using circular motions. Make sure to massage it well into the skin. Wash it off with warm water.
Coffee has potent antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. Coffee treats sun burns and is great for oily skin. Coffee also helps with lymphatic drainage and gives the skin a tighter appearance. The other ingredients help in exfoliating, hydrating and refreshing the skin.
5. Tomato Scrub
• 1 cup pureed tomatoes
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 2 tablespoons rose water
Simply mix the pureed tomatoes with sugar and rosewater to form a paste. Apply the paste on clean and damp skin and rub it well all over. Let is sit for 10 - 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
Tomatoes are very effective in removing sun tans. Tomato stimulates collagen production and has anti aging properties. Tomato scrub will replenish your skin with Vitamins A and C, leaving your skin fresh and dewy.
6. Green Tea Scrub
• 1/2 cup green tea powder
• 1/2 cup refined white sugar
• 1/4 cup coconut or jojoba oil
Whip the sugar and oil in a bowl. Add the powdered green tea and continue to mix well. You can also add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Rub it into the skin in circular motions, let it dry and rinse off with warm water.
We all know the health benefits of drinking green tea but green tea scrub has lots of beauty benefits for the skin too. Green tea delays and reduces the skin's aging process. It also brightens and evens out the skin texture. Both green tea and sugar exfoliate the skin while the oils make it smooth and supple.
7. Cucumber Scrub
• 1 cup grated cucumber
• 2 - 3 crushed mint leaves
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons sugar
In a bowl, mix the cucumber paste with coconut oil and sugar. When the consistency is right, add the mint leaves and mix it once more. Rub it well into the skin and wash off when it dries.
You can also add rose water and freeze the mixture in ice trays to get cool ice cubes and rub them on your skin.
This scrub will leave your skin feeling awake, alive and refreshed. Mint lends the scrub a fresh aroma while sugar and oil help in exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. Cucumber reduces swelling and puffiness. This is the perfect scrub for sweltering summer days.
8. Papaya Scrub
• 1 ripe papaya
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons sugar
Mash or blend the papaya to get 1 cup of papaya puree. Add the sugar granules and honey and continue to mix well. Scrub the skin gently with the formula and wash it thoroughly after 5-6 minutes.
Papaya clears acne and blemishes. Papaya contains enzymes which help in removing layers of dead skin cells. Papaya also evens out the skin tone and makes the skin glow.
This scrub also has the added effect of honey, the golden liquid with its own treasure trove of beauty benefits.
9. Lemon Scrub
• 1 whole lemon's juice
• 1 cup epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
• 5 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons cucumber juice
Mix all the ingredients together to form a well blended paste. Rub the paste gently on the skin to exfoliate it. Wash off with cold water.
Do not use this scrub if you have sensitive or dry skin.
Lemon is a natural lightening and brightening agent. Epsom salt relaxes the body and helps in releasing stress by promoting serotonin production. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin.This scrub leaves the skin clean, smooth and polished.
10. Banana Scrub
• 1 ripe banana
• 1 cup sugar
• 5 tablespoons coconut or almond oil
• 1 tablespoon butter
Mash the ripe banana and mix it in a bowl along with coconut oil, butter and sugar. Stir till the paste is smooth. Message it well into the skin in gentle circular motions. Wash it off thoroughly after 10 minutes using warm water.
Banana heals dry and patchy skin. Banana contains lots of manganese, antioxidants,vitamin C and vitamin B6. Sugar exfoliates the skin while butter and oil nourish the skin and makes it soft and glossy.
BONUS TIP: Remember that these scrubs are only for the body. Do not use them on the face since the facial skin is much more delicate and sensitive compared to the rest of the body. Do not store these scrubs for long since they do not contain preservatives.
Homemade body scrubs are a great and fun way to pamper yourself with a spa like treatment at home. Feel free to experiment with the different ingredients and make your own version of a homemade body scrub.
Hurry up and DIY your way to clear, radiant and beautiful skin! And share it with your friends and family.
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