Soften your dry, neglected skin with an easy, homemade exfoliating scrub. Comparable store-bought scrubs can be expensive, and unless they're high-end versions, they're likely filled with a litany of unsavory artificial ingredients. You can use ingredients that probably are lying around in your kitchen to make an effective, moisturizing exfoliator. Apply your DIY scrub in small, circular motions all over your body, paying special attention to rough, dry areas such as elbows and feet.
- Salt, sugar or coffee
- Body wash, lotion or other cream or liquid
- Essential oils (optional)
Choose an exfoliant from your pantry. You can use salt, sugar and even coffee, depending on your preference. Select a finely ground sea salt or plain table salt; just beware of small cuts, scrapes or freshly-shaven skin if you choose this option. Use white, brown or raw sugar to give your scrub an invigorating scent. Ground coffee can decrease the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins. Whichever exfoliant you choose, just remember that the finer the granules, the gentler the scrub.
Add the exfoliant to your everyday body wash, body lotion or something from your kitchen arsenal. You can mix the exfoliant with a few tablespoons of olive oil, honey, yogurt, milk or even water. Just make sure the mixture isn't too runny or too thick.
Infuse the scrub with invigorating scents. Use a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, lemon zest or vanilla extract. Avoid using perfumes, however, because the harsh chemicals contained in many commercial perfumes will irritate sensitive areas of your skin.
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