Aging. Something no one can escape!
There’s the idea floating around that men tend to look younger from years of shaving their faces. If you think about it, they are exfoliating their skin every time they shave. When you exfoliate, you are sloughing off the dead skin cells and making way for fresh skin cells! Apparently women shaving their faces to achieve younger looking skin is now a thing but we aren’t going to get into that today.
There are a ton of products and tools on the beauty market today that can assist you in exfoliating your skin. I have found salt and sugar scrubs to be the most effective for myself. I struggle with dry skin especially during the winter season. Lets just be honest, winter in Ontario carries an all out assault on our skin. It’s brutal! I have to really up my skin care game come wintertime.
Before you run out and purchase some fancy, organic, magical scrub that an expensive beauty retailer is selling, let me share with you a super easy, affordable salt sugar scrub you can make yourself. This scrub is a great way to exfoliate and nourish your skin with natural ingredients. Chances are you probably have all the ingredients you need to make some type of scrub, today! Below I’ve linked each ingredient and apart from the cane sugar, I used those brands in my recipe.
What You Will Need:
3 Tbsp Himalayan Pink Salt
3 Tbsp Cane Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Grape seed Oil
A bowl and fork for mixing
A container such as a 125ml mason jar with a lid. I’ve found these to work really well. I can’t remember for the life of me where I got the container showing in my photo. Voyageur Soap and Candle is great supplier in BC, if you are looking for really nice packaging. I find that mason jars are work just fine.
Add sugar, salt and oil into bowl and mix with fork. If you wish to add essential oils, do so at this time. I would suggest using a plastic fork so you aren’t putting essential oils onto your cutlery that you eat with. Once you’ve mixed your ingredients and are satisfied, transfer to your container.
*Caution with essential oils-if you haven’t used them much please test them for reactions, in small amounts with a carrier oil, on your wrist. Some great essential oils for body scrubs can be Lavender, Bergamot, or Sweet Orange. For the face I would suggest trying Geranium Egyptian EO (great for nourishing dry skin), Frankincense EO (great for healing and balancing the skin) and Myrrh EO (known for its anti aging properties). Avoid hot oils such as Cinnamon and Clove.
The measurements provided are guess to be honest. I tend to experiment with the amounts I use. Play around with your ingredients to achieve the texture/consistency that you desire. As you can see above, the mixture is not overly wet from the oils. In the past I found too much oil makes the mixture slimy. Start with a little and add more if you need it.
To Use: take a small amount of scrub with your fingers and apply to desired area in small circular motions. Rinse off when finished. I use this in the shower as it tends to get messy. I use it on my face and body whenever I shower.
Some other great ingredient alternatives are white sugar, brown sugar, sea salt (I grind mine down for a finer consistency) fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. These are all nourishing for the skin, you can’t go wrong! Do you already make your own scrubs? What are some of your favourite ingredients? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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