The cold weather and intense heat could wreak havoc on the biggest organ of your body – your skin. These extreme conditions could dry out moisture found in your body that leaves skin looking dull, scaly and lifeless. While hydration is important in keeping your body looking healthy, another method you could use to make it soft and smooth is to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells. Sloughing off the unhealthy skin cells would bring to surface new skin cells that could reveal youthful and luminous skin.
Going to the spa to get a full body scrub could be heavy on the pocket. Luckily, there are numerous do-it-yourself body scrub recipes found on the Internet that you could try at home. Not only are they cheap, most of the ingredients could be found in your kitchen and are very easy to do. Here are some homemade body scrub concoctions your could try at home.
Coconut Scrub For A Glowing Tan
If you have just arrived from a summer vacation in the beach, chances are you have a glowing tan you want to prolong in the coming days. One way you could keep the glow for a few more days is to use a body scrub with coconut oil. The extract from this fruit is found in many tanning oils and is known for enhancing the brown color of the skin. Simply mix equal parts of half a cup of coconut oil with brown sugar and slather all over your body. For a sweeter scent, put in a few drops of vanilla extract.
Anti-Cellulite Coffee Scrub
The caffeine in the coffee is said to boost the circulation of blood in the thighs and buttocks, which helps in diminishing the appearance of cellulite as well as varicose veins on the skin. Combine one fourth cup of ground coffee with one fourth cup of brown sugar and three tablespoons of olive oil. Scrub it all over your body, taking extra consideration of problem areas in the thighs, tummy, buttocks, elbows and knees. Leave it on the body for around 10-15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Citrus Skin Brightening Body Scrub
For fairer and lighter skin, make a scrub mixed with the juice of any citrus fruit. The acid in the fruit’s extract is said to be effective in lightening and brightening the skin. It is recommended that you use the extract of lemon or calamansi as opposed to oranges because the previous two fruits have a higher acidity percentage than the latter. Mix equal parts of a cup of olive oil with a cup of sea salt and then pour in one two tablespoons of citrus fruit extract. Exfoliate your skin with this mixture using circular motions and leave on body for 5 minutes. Rinse well and pat skin to dry afterwards.
Oatmeal Moisturizing Facial Scrub
Oatmeal and honey is not only good for your digestive system, it is actually beneficial for your skin too. The breakfast food has been known for its effectiveness in soothing inflamed skin (insect bites, pimple marks, rashes) as well as relieving its dryness because of its high polysaccharide content that becomes gelatinous when mixed with water and protects the skin. Combine together two tablespoons of old-fashion oats with one tablespoon of honey and another tablespoon of water. If you have a blender, you could blend the mixture to produce a thick consistency or you could use it as it is. Scrub the mixture all over your face and neck in circular motions. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Avocado Hydrating Scrub
This fruit is known to contain high levels of essential fats for the body. The same fats could be used all over the body to keep it moisturized, revealing soft and smooth skin. Take one whole avocado and slice it open. Get the meat and mash it along with ground almonds or hazelnuts. Add half a cup of oatmeal and mix it with the mashed mixture. Put in two tablespoons of honey to render it pasty. Scrub the concoction all over your skin, taking extra time to slough off dead skin on the elbows, knees, thighs, buttocks and tummy. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat with a towel to dry skin after.