Homemade Body Scrubs for healthy, smooth and glowing skin

Most of us are disciplined enough when it come to our skincare routines, with cleansing, toning and moisturising becoming an automatic practice on a daily basis.  However, no matter how dedicated to the routine you are, your skin will sometimes need a little treat to maintain it at its best.  This is where body scrubs come in.

Body scrubs exfoliate your skin and clean your pores, leaving you with soft, smooth and younger-looking skin.

Homemade body scrubs are inexpensive and easy to make.  There are many different ingredients you could use to make a body scrub at home, most of them will already be lurking  in our store cupboards. 

We've put together five body scrub recipes that you are sure to love, so why not try them out!

1.  Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub 

This is one of the best scrubs you can use for your skin as coffee is rich in antioxidants, which help fight cellulite.  The sugar works as an exfoliator getting rid of dead skin while the olive oil penetrates deep into your skin, hydrating it and keeping it healthy.

Use this scrub 2-3 times a week for smooth, glowing skin.

You will need:

  • ¼ cup Ground Coffee or Coffee Grounds
  • ¼ cup Sugar – brown or white (use castor sugar for a less coarse scrub)
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 drops of Vitamin E or 3 Vitamin E capsules

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients until you get a coarse paste
  • Cleanse your skin and apply the paste onto wet skin
  • Use your fingers to gently massage the mixture, in circular motions, on your skin
  • Take 5-10 minutes to gently massage and exfoliate your body, spending 1-2 minutes on each part. 
  • Wash the mixture off using a hydrating body wash and lukewarm water

Avoid sensitive areas of your body and do not use this on your face.  You should also avoid any open wounds, cuts or abrasions.


2. Sea Salts Body Scrub

Sea Salt is rich in minerals and exfoliating agents that help keep your skin looking young and healthy.  It also improves blood circulation.

Use once a week on dry skin.  Twice a week if you have normal skin and three times a week if you have oily skin.

You will need:

  • 1 cup Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 5-15 drops of an Essential Oil of your choice

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients until you get a coarse paste
  • Cleanse your skin and apply to wet skin
  • Use your fingers to gently massage the mixture, in circular motions, on your skin
  • Take 5-10 minutes to gently massage and exfoliate your body, spending 1-2 minutes on each part. 
  • Wash the mixture off using a hydrating body wash and lukewarm water

Avoid sensitive areas of your body and do not use this on your face.  You should also avoid any open wounds, cuts or abrasions.


3. Coconut Oil Body Scrub

This scrub is an excellent exfoliator.  It is good for cleansing your face, removing makeup and as a moisturiser. 

Use 2-3 times a week

You will need:

  • ¼ to ½ cup Sugar – brown or white (use castor sugar for a less harsh scrub if you have sensitive skin)
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients until you get a coarse paste
  • Apply to wet skin.  No need to cleanse if using as a makeup remover. 
  • Use your fingers to gently massage the mixture, in circular motions, on your skin
  • If using on the face rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Otherwise, Take 5-10 minutes to gently massage and exfoliate your body, spending 1-2 minutes on each part. 
  • Wash the mixture off using a hydrating body wash and lukewarm water

Do not heat the oil as the sugar will melt. 

Avoid the eyes and do not use to remove eye makeup.  You should also avoid any open wounds, cuts or abrasions.


4. Olive Oil, Peppermint & Himalayan Pint Salt Body Scrub 

A perfect bath scrub.  Enriched with refreshing peppermint essential oil to wake and enliven you.

Use 2-3 times a week

You will need:

  • ¼ cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients until you get a coarse paste
  • Cleanse your skin and apply the paste onto wet skin
  • Use your fingers to gently massage the mixture, in circular motions, on your skin
  • If using on the face rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Otherwise, Take 5-10 minutes to gently massage and exfoliate your body, spending 1-2 minutes on each part. 
  • Wash the mixture off using a hydrating body wash and lukewarm water

Avoid sensitive areas of your body and face especially the eyes.  You should also avoid any open wounds, cuts or abrasions.


5. Oatmeal Body Scrub

Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliators.  Not only does it help get rid of dead skin cells but it also soothes and heals troubled skin while replenishing aging skin.  Combined with honey and frankincense this scrub is perfect for anyone with extremely dry or chapped skin.

Use twice a week.

You will need:

  • ½ cup Uncooked Oatmeal
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Raw Honey
  • ¼ cup Jojoba Oil
  • 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Frankincense

Method:

  • Grind the dry ingredients until you get a fine powder then mix the liquid ingredients into it
  • Add the honey and mix into a coarse paste
  • Cleanse your skin and apply paste while still wet
  • Use your fingers to gently massage the mixture, in circular motions on your skin
  • If using on the face rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Otherwise, Take 5-10 minutes to gently massage and exfoliate your body, spending 1-2 minutes on each part. 
  • Wash the mixture off using a hydrating body wash and lukewarm water

 Avoid sensitive areas of your body and face especially the eyes.  You should also avoid any open wounds, cuts or abrasions.