As the weather gets colder, our skin becomes drier and more prone to cracking — but who wants to bundle up and head to the store? Now you can make your own scrubs for your face, feet, lips and body with these scrumptiously simple recipes.
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1. Body scrub
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup table-grade sea salt
- Fresh lemon zest
- 2/3 cup almond oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of spice (I use garam masala, but I also suggest nutmeg or cinnamon)
Directions: Stir dry and wet ingredients together and spoon into jars. Essential oils may be added, if desired.
Why it works: The cane sugar and salt gently exfoliate the skin, while the lemon zest, vanilla extract and spice add a beautiful, natural fragrance. The almond oil moisturizes after the skin is exfoliated. The fresh lemon juice helps reduce the oil a bit, so your skin (or your tub) won't be too greasy!
2. Face scrub (for dry skin)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
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Directions: Warm the coconut oil to its liquid form to make mixing easier. Combine ingredients and stir.
Why it works: The honey naturally draws moisture to your skin, and the brown sugar acts as a gentle exfoliant. The coconut oil is a moisturizer with a small molecular structure, so it’s easily absorbed and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
3. Alternate face scrub (for all skin types)
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- Petals from 2 dried roses
Directions: Mix for about 45-60 seconds in a NutriBullet. Pour about a teaspoon into your hand and add warm water. Mix into a spreadable paste and gently scrub onto your face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse thoroughly.
Why it works: The rolled oats soothe the skin. The rose petals also have a number of soothing properties: antibacterial, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory.
4. Foot scrub
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup of sea salt, table grade
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Zest of a lime
- Juice of a lime
- 3/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup of canola oil, enough to allow NutriBullet to whip
- 4-6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Essential oil of peppermint
Directions: Mix sea salt and Epsom salt. Add lime zest, stir and pour into NutriBullet. Add coconut oil, canola oil, lime juice and rosemary sprigs. Mix for 60-90 seconds. Pour into a bowl and add baking soda. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Add peppermint essential oil and mix. Store the scrub in a jar and use within a few weeks of making.
Why it works: The sea salt exfoliates, the baking soda deodorizes and the lime acts as an anti-bacterial agent. The coconut oil moisturizes, the peppermint reduces pain, and the sprigs of fresh rosemary add a natural fragrance.
5. Lip scrub
- 3 teaspoons of jojoba oil
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 3 tablespoons of cane sugar
- Vanilla (optional)
Why it works: The sugar exfoliates, and the honey sweetens and soften lips. It also acts as a natural humectant, helping you skin retain moisture. The jojoba moisturizes and protects. You can add vanilla, but it's quite tasty as is! Scrub your lips gently and follow with a lip butter.