You no longer have to go to a spa to get your body exfoliated. You can now do your own body scrubs at home and especially right now with the uncertain times we are living in and the on and off lockdowns, going to a spa to get a full-body exfoliation seems like a waste of money but continue reading along and learn how to make your own body scrub and exfoliate at home. Exfoliation has a lot of benefits, and doing this yourself saves you a significant amount of money. Skincare products are really expensive, and with skincare, I’d rather pay the price instead of buying cheaper ones because I might have an allergic reaction to them, and this is why you should try making your own DIY body scrub.
What are body scrubs and their benefits?
It is a mechanical exfoliation which means that it physically removes dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. It is usually made out of an abrasive ingredient like coffee, salt and/or sugar. It stimulates your skin and skin cell turnover, removes dead skin, and makes your skin significantly smoother and brighter. It also possibly prevent any future acne breakouts. It boosts your skin’s appearance and health in several ways because it stimulates the production of collagen, which helps your skin look radiant and firmer.
It also ameliorates the efficiency of topical treatment. If you exfoliate your skin before applying cream, it allows it to penetrate deeper into the surface of your skin. Using a body scrub can also be really relaxing; slowly massaging your skin with your own DIY body scrub is a wonderful and cheap way to relax and feel calmer. Do this when you are tired or feel stressed; you will feel a great deal better.
How often should you use a body scrub?
Like with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad, and this is why you are recommended not to use a body scrub every day. Over-exfoliating your skin may leave it worst off, and it will leave your skin irritated, dry and sensitive. It is generally safe to use a body scrub 2 to 3 times a week with washing your hair if you have normal skin. If your skin tends to be on the drier side, then exfoliate your body only once a week because otherwise, it will be damaging to your body. If you have a skin condition, talk to your dermatologist before using any kind of body scrub because they will be able to advise you and give you the green light on whether to do it or not. It is usually recommended to use your body scrub in the shower and gently massage the scrub into your skin. Do this in a circular motion and rinse it if using warm water.
Make your own body scrub.
Most of the things you’ll need for this craft and DIY project and be readily found in your home, or you can easily find them in a drug or grocery store. What you’ll need for this craft:
- An abrasive ingredient like coffee, sugar or salt
- Carrier or base oil like coconut, grapeseed, jojoba or olive oil
- Few drops of essential oil (of your liking and if you desire)
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups or spoons
- Sealed container to store the scrub
- Spoon for mixing
It is vital to get the right consistency when you are making your body scrub with homemade body scrub; it shouldn’t be too runny or too crumbly. Coffee is one of the most popular abrasives to make body scrubs, and this is because the tiny coffee granules are gentle for our skin and are effective in removing the dead skin on the surface of our body. Not only does it have a pleasing aroma, but it also helps diminish the appearance of cellulite. To make my favorite coffee scrub, all you need is:
- 2 tablespoons of hot water
- ½ cup of coffee grounds
- 1 tablespoon of warmed coconut oil
To make your own coffee scrub, add half a cup of coffee grounds with your hot water in your mixing bowl and mix it thoroughly with a spoon. Then add the coconut oil; from here, look at the consistency of the scrub; if it is too loose, add a bit more coffee ground and if it is too crumbly, add a bit more coconut oil to get it to the right consistency. When you are finally satisfied with your own DIY coffee scrub‘s consistency, you can spoon it in your favorite container and use it whenever you want to exfoliate your body.
Remember, you don’t have to buy all your skincare products because some of them you can easily make at home. Save yourself some money on skincare products, start making some of them yourself, and give yourself your own spa treatment at home. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what your favorite body scrub is.