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What Are the Best Tips for Making Homemade Body Scrubs?

Scrubs should be suited to a person's specific skin type.
White sugar can be used in a homemade body scrub.
Coconut oil is a popular oil to use in homemade body scrubs.
Olive oil may be included in a homemade body scrub.
A homemade salt face scrub can be made using regular table salt.
Lavender is a popular addition to scrubs due to its relaxing scent.
A homemade body scrub.
Coffee beans can be ground and added to a homemade body scrub.
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Making homemade body scrubs can be a great way to save money as well as to avoid putting preservatives and other chemicals on the body. Body scrubs are used to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin, cleaning the pores and sloughing off dead skin cells. Homemade body scrubs can be just as effective as body scrubs found in stores, and they are typically only made with a few ingredients found around the house.

One of the best tips for making homemade body scrubs is to get a small container that can be well sealed to store the mixture in. Keep in mind that when making a body scrub at home, natural ingredients are used, so the scrub may not last longer than a few days. It is best to make small batches and use it up, rather than making large batches, trying to store it, and having it develop a smell or go bad.

Next, select the ingredients to be included in homemade body scrubs. It will be necessary to have an exfoliating ingredient as well as a moisturizing ingredient; these are really the only two requirements. One may also choose to add a scented ingredient to the body scrub for a more pleasant experience while using it, but this is not absolutely necessary. Common exfoliating ingredients include white sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, baking soda, wheat flour, and salt, which may include sea salt, table salt, or Epsom salt.

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Keep in mind that most of these ingredients are far too harsh to be used on the face, and should only be used in scrubs for the body. Of all of them, baking soda or very fine sugar are the only two that should generally be used on the face. Common ingredients mixed with the exfoliant for moisturizing include oils such as olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, almond oil, honey, and milk. Some people choose to add softening ingredients such as jojoba or macadamia oil to the mixture, as well as ground coffee or cocoa for scent and extra exfoliation. It is generally recommended that one use a one to one ratio when mixing exfoliating and moisturizing ingredients together.

In addition, a few drops of essential oil may be added to homemade body scrubs for a pleasing scent. These may include lavender oil or rose oil, just to name a few. It may be difficult to keep the body scrub mixed, so just stir it again right before use. Apply it to damp skin, rub it in gently, and rinse it off to reveal soft, fresh skin.

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bythewell
Post 3

@clintflint - I usually don't use a scrub, but I will use a mask occasionally. It wasn't because of the way my skin reacts though. I quite like how it looks and feels after a good scrub. But I kept hearing terrible things about microbeads and they seem to be in almost every product at the moment.

Of course, if you make your own scrub I guess that isn't an issue, but I never feel like it's actually doing anything when I make one.

clintflint
Post 2

@irontoenail - This might just be me, but I have a bad reaction to almost any kind of scrub. I used to use them religiously when I was a teenager and they really helped, so I kept going as an adult as well. But I started getting breakouts and it didn't seem to matter what kind of scrub I used.

I thought it was a hormone thing until I stopped using scrubs altogether for a while and the breakouts stopped as well. I don't even wash my face in the evening now. I just make sure my hair is clean and my pillowcase gets changed regularly and my skin is fine.

That is just my experience though and I know it won't work the same way for everyone.

irontoenail
Post 1

All you need to do in a pinch is use baking soda and water as a facial scrub. Everything else is really just to make it smell and feel nice. And sugar is good for homemade body scrub.

If you are going to use essential oils, make sure you pick ones that aren't going to be too harsh on your skin. And I would spot-check the baking soda before using it as well. Unfortunately some people can have a bad reaction to it.

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