Do we go full granola and… make our own?
I’ll walk you through the basic ingredients, and what they do. Then we’ve come up with five of our favorite versions that we’ll show you how to make step-by-step. Let’s get started!
First, you’ll need to choose your exfoliant. It comes down to sugar or salt, but as you know there are several varieties of each.
I recommend four different types:
plain white sugar
iodized table salt,
black lava sea salt.
Sugar is less abrasive than salt because it dissolves more easily.
Brown sugar is the best for sensitive skin, because it’s the softest. Salt exfoliates well and can help remove impurities and dead skin. And the black lava sea salt also removes dead skin along with helping increase cell activity.
To start off, all of these oils, except the avocado oil, are naturally antibacterial, which will help prevent any problems.
Olive oil is good for really dry skin, and it won’t clog your pores.
Safflower oil is a fatty oil that can help calm irritated skin and prevent clogged pores. Almond oil is fantastic because it can reduce the effects of UVB rays, and it can help improve skin tone.
Avocado oil is actually extracted from the pulp of the fruit—not the seed—so it’s incredibly rich and will help your skin retain moisture.
Finally, extra virgin coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and free radicals which help prevent aging. It’s one of our favorite multitaskers.
While you could make a scrub with just an exfoliant and an oil, I recommend adding in one of these five fruits and vegetables. They each have properties that will help your skin even more.
Be forewarned that adding in a fresh fruit will reduce the shelf life of your scrub, and you’ll want to keep it in the refrigerator—not your shower. Keep that in mind before whipping up a big batch.
Kiwis can help brighten your complexion, and the seeds in the fruit pulp can act as mini exfoliants on their own.
Strawberries are best for evening and brightening your skin tone, and they are packed with vitamin C. Pineapple is best for acne prone skin; it has an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells.
Tomato contains lycopene which can help protect skin from UV rays.
And finally cucumber can help reduce puffiness by reducing water retention.
To store your face scrub, either thoroughly clean out an old scrub container or buy a plastic container that has a lid insert like these. Believe us, it will help you keep your scrub fresh.
– fruit or vegetable of your choice
– air-tight containers
1. Choose your container, and measure your exfoliant so that the container is 3/4 full.
2. Measure out your oil. You’ll want a 2-to-1 ratio. So, twice as much salt or sugar as oil.
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5. Decant into your storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
This scrub combines salt, tomato, and olive oil, and will help retain your skin’s-elasticity. Mix together sugar, safflower oil, and kiwi to get this brightening scrub.
This scrub is the most serious of the bunch. The combination of the jagged black lava sea salt and the pineapple enzymes will really clarify your skin. Luckily the coconut oil is very soothing.
Because the pineapple is a tougher fruit, we muddled it first, and then added in the salt and coconut oil. It makes it easier to mix.