Natural Body Exfoliants. DIY Scrub Recipes


Every girl knows that the skin retains smooth, taut and healthy if it is cleansed of dead skin cells. The best way to achieve the positive result is to apply the scrub regularly. This type of cleansing is called a mechanical peeling. It does not affect the deeper layers of the skin but purifies only the surface of the epidermis. Thus, the use of a scrub is the most gentle procedure among other types of cleaning.

Here you will find a collection of homemade body scrub recipes that will make your skin soft and smooth. They include all organic ingredients and are easy to prepare.

Basic Natural Ingredients for Body Scrub

  • Sugar is used in most skin care products. Sugar contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. The natural glycolic acid in sugar not only helps moisturize skin but also protect it from toxins. This natural product does not clog pores, it restores balance to skin’s oils.
  • Salt is a useful treatment for exfoliation of the skin. It has numerous benefits for the skin as it is a blend of natural minerals and other useful substances. It helps rejuvenate your skin and removes the dead cells. It is a wonderful natural treatment for delaying the signs of aging. Salt acts as an antibiotic and helps to kill the germs from your skin. It also helps improve the circulation of blood in skin cells.
  • Baking soda is a good exfoliating agent that removes dead cells. In addition, it balances pH level of the skin, which is important to maintain even and clear skin. But remember that baking soda is effective when used for short periods. If the watery soda solution has a very weak alkaline reaction, then baking soda in powder form can be very harmful. Just because it is a strong alkali. So, better avoid prolonged contact of soda with the skin and mucous membranes or eyes. Ignorance of this rule may lead to skin irritation or even burns.

Tips to Use Body Scrub

  • Always follow the rule to apply the scrub on the skin 1-2 times a week. On the one hand, such regularity allows you to get rid of dead skin cells. On the other, it affects the skin, depriving it of its natural protective layer.
  • Those who have irritated and very sensitive, prefer to use the scrub not more than 3-4 times a month. Avoid using harsh ingredients to prepare body scrub. Everything depends on the use of additional components in a cream or gel base, and most importantly – on the size of the abrasive particles, the expense of which is produced and exfoliate dead cells.
  • If you have normal, oily or combination skin, use a scrub once a week. It will allow you to remove dead skin cells and provide deeper skin layers with more oxygen.
  • If you have dry skin, apply the body scrub once in two weeks. Otherwise, inflammation and skin surface erosion may occur. Prepare scrub with a soft consistency and use mild ingredients. After using the scrub, always apply the body cream to make skin soft and hydrated.
  • Be careful with scrub if you have acne on the skin. Alternatively, it is better to use a clay-based scrub because it has a quite “soft” consistency which won’t be harmful to the skin. Applying the scrub twice a week will be enough to get good results.
  • Apply the body scrub on the wet skin with massaging movements for 3-5 minutes. You can leave the blend on the skin for few minutes and then wash it off with warm water. After that, you can use body cream to nourish and moisturize the skin if necessary.
  • Don’t repeat the scrub applications more than twice a week. The frequent use will stimulate process of keratinization of the skin and the skin will become flaky and dull. Due to the fact that surface epithelium will die off more quickly, then you will need to use the scrub more and more often.
  • Many girls in the spring begin to use scrubs actively. They believe that in this way it will be able to tone already dehydrated skin after long winter months. This is a big mistake! The skin is in desperate need of moisture and vitamins that’s why it needs more delicate and gentle care. So, you should be very careful with body scrubs.

Apply the body scrub in a right way:

  1. First, you need to wash your face with warm water.
  2. Then, apply a small amount of body scrub with fingertips on the purification zone. Movements should be light and not oppressive.
  3. Move the fingers from the middle of the forehead and nose to the temporal lobe, and from the chin to the ears. Combining such massage you will conduct the most effective exfoliation.
  4. Try not to touch the area around the eyes. The skin there is thin and sensitive.
  5. The procedure takes about 2-3 minutes.

Why you shouldn’t use body exfoliant too often?

Regular use of the scrub is quite aggressive action. The composition with abrasive particles of natural or synthetic origin significantly affects the delicate skin. They scratch it creating a set of microtraumas. If you use the body scrub too often, you can seriously hurt the skin surface. The skin becomes dry, rough and irritated. Also, it may lose elasticity. Scrub exposure can disrupt the process of cell regeneration. It means that the skin loses the ability to update its rejuvenating processes, falling into a kind of dependence on mechanical cleaning. Moreover, scrubbing prematurely ages the skin by inhibiting the natural process and deteriorate the normal function of the epidermis.

Contraindications in Using Scrub for Skin

The three main procedures which help keep the beauty of the skin – cleansing, hydration and nutrition. The most important process is cleansing. It improves the skin condition by removing makeup, dead skin cells dust and dirt. The best way to keep the skin fresh and clean is using the scrub.Using scrubs may give positive results but in some cases, it is not recommended. Don’t apply scrub if you suffer one of the following conditions:

  • continuous feeling of tightness, even at the end of the cleansing procedure
  • during the cleansing procedure, you start to feel the itching or burning
  • strong irritation, skin inflammation
  • extensive lesions of acne
  • possible sunburns

If after using scrub you noticed red spots, then it may mean that scrub is not suitable for you. Typically, such a reaction becomes visible after two or three minutes after application of the peeling composition. If you notice red spots, apply for another cosmetic product.

Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

For preparing natural scrubs, you can choose the ingredients according to your skin type. Components may have different benefits for skin. The best part about these scrubs is that they have no side effects and smell wonderful. To provide nourishment and moisture to your skin, here are some homemade scrub recipes.

Natural Strawberry Exfoliating Body Scrub

What You Need:

  • White sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Strawberries – 2-3
  • Almond oil – 1 teaspoon

How to Use:

  1. First, mix oil with a little of sugar.
  2. Mash some ripe strawberries and mix these ingredients together.
  3. Apply this mixture with massaging movements.
  4. Leave it on your skin for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Green Tea Scrub Recipe

This homemade body scrub will make your skin glowing from the inside.

What You Need:

  • Brewed green tea – 2 teaspoons
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • White sugar – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. Mix some tablespoons of cold tea with honey.
  2. Add white sugar and stir thoroughly.
  3. Create a thick paste and then apply it to you skin with massaging movements.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  5. Then, rinse the blend off with the warm water.

Baking Soda & Coconut Oil Scrub Recipe

What You Need:

  • Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Baking soda – 1 tablespoon

How to Use:

Making your own body scrub is very easy. Baking soda and coconut oil blend is one of the best organic body scrub recipes that help you get a smooth and soft skin within a few days. Everything you need is to buy coconut oil and baking soda and mix them together.

Clarifying Sea Salt Scrub Recipe

This body exfoliant recipe will be perfect for people with oily and breakout prone skin. Using this recipe once a week will help clarify your skin comprehensively, and leave it fresh and glowing.

What You Need:

  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Pineapple – 1 small piece
  • Sea salt – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. Mash a small piece of pineapple into a smooth consistency.
  2. Add other ingredients and stir thoroughly.
  3. Spread the blend on the wet skin and start massaging gently.
  4. Do it for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Wash off with warm water.

Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe for Body

This natural scrub recipe with cucumber is a perfect choice for anyone who has a sensitive skin. Experts say that any natural skincare enthusiast can try this exfoliating scrub recipe without having to worry about the consequences, because it is all natural and safe for all types of skin.

What You Need:

  • Avocado oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Cucumber – 1/2
  • Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. Simply, you only need to mix 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of avocado oil.
  2. Then, you blend a small to a medium cucumber.
  3. Next, you mix all these ingredients together.
  4. Finally, rub it in your skin gently, and let it sit on your skin for a few minutes.
  5. Apply this recipe once a week to enjoy your exfoliated, soft, glowing skin.

Simple Sugar Scrub for Body

This homemade sugar body scrub is the most spa-like budget-friendly treatment that you can use without buying expensive body scrub products.

What You Need:

  • Vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. To make this organic exfoliating scrub, you should use some teaspoons of fine white or brown sugar, a few drops of olive oil, coconut oil or other vegetable oils you have at hand.
  2. Mix ingredients together in a 2:1 ratio (for 1 teaspoon of oil, you add 2 spoons of sugar).
  3. Rub the blend gently onto the skin.
  4. Massage for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Rinse the skin with warm water.

Honey & Cinnamon Body Scrub

What You Need:

  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic honey – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. Mix the ingredients well until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Spread the blend on the wet skin and start massaging with fingertips. Continue the procedure for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Wash off with warm water and pat with towel.
  4. After using scrub you may apply any nourishing cream as you wish.

Orange Scrub for Oily Skin

What You Need:

  • Grated orange peel – 1 tablespoon
  • Almond oil – 2 tablespoons

How to Use:

  1. Take dried orange peels and grate them into flour. Mix it with almond oil.
  2. Apply the resulting blend on the wet skin with massaging movements.
  3. You can leave the blend on for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash off with warm water.
  5. Use any nourishing body cream if necessary.

Refreshing Lemon Body Scrub

What You Need:

  • Grated lemon peel – 2 tablespoons
  • Yogurt – 2 tablespoons
  • Oat flakes – 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil – ½ teaspoon

How to Use:

Use dried lemon peels to make a powder. Mix it with other ingredients until you get a smooth paste. Apply it on the wet skin with massaging movements. Wash off with warm water. Use body cream if necessary.

Yogurt Body Scrub for Sensitive Skin

What You Need:

  • Yogurt – 2 tablespoons
  • Sea salt – 1 tablespoon

How to Use:

  1. Mix all components well until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Gently rub the blend into wet skin with massaging movements.
  3. You can leave the scrub on for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash off with warm water.
  5. Use moisturizing body cream after the procedure.

Oat & Honey Body Scrub for Dry Skin

What You Need:

  • Oat flakes – 2 tablespoons
  • Organic honey – 1 tablespoon

How to Use:

  1. Grate oat flakes into powder. Add honey and mix well.
  2. Rub the blend into the wet skin with massaging movements.
  3. Leave it on for 5 minutes to act as hydrating mask.
  4. Wash off with warm water.
  5. Use nourishing body cream if necessary.

Corn Flour Scrub Recipe for Normal Skin

What You Need:

  • Corn flour – 4 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

How to Use:

  1. Mix corn flour with olive oil well.
  2. Apply the blend on the wet skin with massaging movements.
  3. Leave the scrub on for 5 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
  4. Apply the body cream if necessary.

Traditional Coffee Scrub Recipe

What You Need:

  • Coffee – 2 tablespoons
  • Fresh lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon

How to Use:

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Based on the kind of scrub consistency you want, add more or less oil.
  3. Massage onto the skin in gentle, circular motions.
  4. Then, rinse with warm water.
  5. Apply the body lotion if necessary.

Raspberry Body Exfoliant Recipe

What You Need:

  • Raspberry – 2 tablespoons
  • Ylang ylang essential oil – 3 drops

How to Use:

  1. Mash raspberries until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.
  3. After you’ve washed your body, massage the scrub into wet skin for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Then, rinse with warm water.

Anti-cellulite Body Scrub

What You Need:

  • Sea salt – 3 tablespoons
  • Fresh grapefruit juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon

How to Use:

  1. Stir the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Apply the blend on the wet skin before taking the shower.
  3. Wash off the blend with warm water.
  4. Use any nourishing body cream if necessary.

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & Results

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsLily Crown, 25
Usually, I use sea salt and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Why spend money on conventional product when you’re going to rinse it off anyway. I mix the sea salt and the oil. Then, I wet my skin in the shower, pour the resulting mass from a small bowl into my hand and start massaging. It’s a little messy, but totally worth it! Then, I rinse it off and wash my skin with shower gel. After all my skin is very soft.

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsNancy, 31
I tried to mix the sugar with some coconut oil to make a body scrub. I love it! Will definitely be using it instead of commercial product! Just make sure you use a gentle touch, and let the sugar do the work. Exfoliating too much and with too hard of a touch has brought about many a breakout for me. So be careful with that. Anyway, it works well for the skin!

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsKatty Lady, 25
I try to use natural things on my face and body. One of my favorite home remedies is using brown sugar for creating a whole body scrub. I add about 1/2 cup of brown sugar and mix it with 1 cup yogurt and 2 tablespoons of organic honey. It gets all of the dry skin cells off my body. My skin is so smooth and soft. I’m gonna recommend it to all my friends!

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsCrazy Me, 19
I love everything natural. Homemade products can give wonderful results. The natural body scrub is fair better than most commercial scrubs. Just a cup of sugar, the juice of one lemon and enough olive oil to hydrate the blend. Mix it all and rub it gently into your skin, especially in problematic zones like elbows and knees. I usually leave it on my skin as a mask (10-15 minutes will be enough). Then wash it from your body as you usually do it in the shower. Fantastic! Clean, exfoliated, hydrated and smooth skin!

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsDallion B., 24
I started using body scrub about two times a week. Before I had started using this, I bad major pimples on my back. I tried everything to get rid of them, but nothing worked. Suddenly, they all disappeared after I started to use the body scrub. I mix brown sugar, olive oil and lemon juice and apply it on wet skin while taking shower. After I use it, I apply body cream to sooth it and make it soft. I feel very pleased with the results!

Body Scrub at Home. Reviews & ResultsTatiana, 31
I love using homemade scrubs since my teens. I do not like to use Olive oil though I find it too heavy. I’d rather substitute it with jojoba oil or coconut oil. When using brown sugar I like to use it straight on my face. Sea salt is also good but when it dissolves in water it causes tingling sensation sometimes. Not a good idea to use salt on already irritated skin. It will be unbearable! As for me, the best choice is a coffee scrub. It leaves my skin so soft and smooth. And that coffee scent for the whole day as a bonus!

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