Attaining and maintaining a flawless complexion doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your pocket. Most of us usually scour the shelves of health and wellness stores for the next new, far from the inexpensive, product that promises you glowing, supple and youthful skin. Although some of these products might live up to the hype, even delivering surprising results that go beyond expectations, there are other inexpensive alternatives that you can utilise to ensure that you receive the same results as you would when using any one of these commercial skin care products. In fact, most homemade scrubs can be made with simple ingredients without being too time-consuming. Before we delve into the recipes and benefits of certain ingredients used in scrubs, let’s explore the benefits that body scrubs have for our skin.
Benefits Of Body Scrubs
Essentially body scrubs work to exfoliate the skin by removing dirt and impurities from pores and deep within the skin. Exfoliating works in a number of ways to keep our skin healthy and our complexion clear. It not only keeps our skin smooth and supple, but the consistent practice of exfoliating will keep skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and blemishes at bay. It’s not surprising that exfoliation encourages cell turnover and cell renewal. This, in turn, could potentially stall the onset of visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, fine lines and even sagging skin.
Just like our face, the skin covering our bodies require exfoliation. Regular exfoliation not only removes impurities in the skin, but it also increases the penetration rate of other moisturising agents. This, in turn, allows your skin to maximise absorption of these products. A religious weekly exfoliation of the skin on your body will leave you with smoother skin, reduce and prevent the occasional breakout on the back and neck. Additionally, exfoliation diminishes the appearance of age spots, dark spots, blemishes and minimises the appearance of large pores on the skin. It can effectively treat ingrown hairs and make hair removal much easier. Exfoliating before and after shaving will go a long way in preventing razor bumps and other razor-related stress on the skin.
Benefits Of Homemade Scrubs
There is a myriad of ingredients that you can include in your homemade scrubs. This is just one of the advantages of creating your very own body scrub. Besides supervising the ingredients that go into the scrub, it is extremely inexpensive and much gentler on the skin as you can eliminate potentially harmful chemicals and acids that can be found in other commercialised skin care products. Customising your own scrubs also negates the risk of having an allergic reaction to it. However, having said this, it is important to note that a certain mix of ingredients might cause a reaction in some people. A good rule of thumb is to test the scrub on a patch of skin, preferably on the back of your hand, before slathering it on, on your body. Alternatively, if you find that you don’t have enough time to prepare a body scrub, you can always try dry brushing to exfoliate the skin and encourage lymphatic drainage in the body. Essentially lymphatic drainage speeds up the removal of waste and toxins in the body and stimulates a sluggish system. It’s best to work the dry scrub in circular motions, working from the toes up toward the heart. It’s advised once you reach the midsection, to start over from the neck and brush down in circular motions towards the heart. When you’re scrubbing over your stomach ensure that you’re moving anticlockwise, as this is the natural digestive process in the body.
Types Of Scrubs
Coffee & Sugar Scrub
A combination of ground coffee, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, vitamin E capsules will do wonders in keeping your skin soft, supple and firm. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which not only effectively fight cellulite, but also impede the harmful effects of free radical damage on our cells. Free radicals are responsible for increasing the risk of various chronic illnesses and diseases. They are said to be the main contributing factor for premature ageing and for causing wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing on the skin. The sugar present in this scrub works as an excellent exfoliator on the skin by removing dirt and impurities, this along with the high penetration rate of the olive oil will ensure that your skin is hydrated and healthy.
Sea Salt Body Scrub
This mixture is simple enough, all you have to do is prepare a mixture consisting of sea salt, olive oil and a few drops of essential oil of your choosing. The weekly application of this scrub is highly dependent on the skin type of the individual. For instance, if you have oily skin, you can get away with using this scrub thrice a week, but if you have dry or normal skin, once or twice a week is more than adequate enough. The exfoliating agents and minerals present in the sea salt aids in the skin looking and feeling healthy. The properties found in sea salt keep the skin looking youthful and helps to improve blood circulation in the skin while also diminishing the appearance of scarring on the surface of the skin.
Coconut Oil Body Scrub
Another simple scrub is coconut oil and granulated sugar. Advised to be used two to three times a week, this mixture works as a good exfoliating agent and aids in cleansing the face. It’s one of the best natural, makeup removers you can use on your face. Coconut oil, in addition to removing impurities and dirt from the face, will also moisturise the skin. Unlike other make-up removers in the market, it is cost-effective and won’t leave your skin feeling dry and flaky.
The Bottom Line
Preparing your own body scrub is a surefire way to ensure that you are not exposing your skin to harmful chemicals. While it is extremely cost-effective, all-natural and simple to make, you should be aware of the potential allergic reactions that you might have to some ingredients. It’s worth the effort and time to allow yourself to experiment with various ingredients before including them into your regular beauty regime.