Homemade Body Scrubs

Handmade body scrubs are wonderful to use. They are as expensive as you want them to be. They can be personalized to your exact taste. And this way you can have your own spa in your own home.

The magazines we buy, the beauty products we see advertised on television, what do they all have in common? Well the ads of course, and what are these ads telling us? They are telling us to buy their product and you will have soft, satiny skin. It's not just the look we are after either, our sense of touch demands a velvety softness, too. So before you go out and spend your hard-earned money on products that say you will have velvety soft skin in 30 days or your money back, try making your own body scrubs at home, with just a few basic ingredients. With sea salt, essential oils, and groundnuts, you will have the makings for several body scrubs of your very own.

Body scrubs rid you of skin that's dry, scaly, and flaky, often the result of overexposure of either heat or cold. Scrubs can be used once a week, although a few gentle ones can be used more often. Keep in mind though, if you have rashes, acne, sunburned skin, or spider veins, avoid scrubs, as they might make the condition worse, instead just use a soft body brush in the shower or bath.

There are three main ingredients in a body scrub: exfoliators, carrier oils, and essential oils. A exfoliate could consist of sea salt, ground almonds or wheat bran. A carrier oil could be grape-seed, hazelnut, or almond oil. These are my preference because they penetrate the skin readily and supply fatty acids to the skin, leading to increased elasticity and a soft shine. Now the essential oils used here are for fragrance and healing. Grapefruit essential oil gently stimulates and refreshes. Juniper oil is especially useful for fighting off water retention as well as stress and fatigue. Lavender oil can help heal minor inflammations, and relieve day to day stress. I hope you enjoy these wonderful body scrubs.

Sea Salt Body Scrub:

1 cup fine sea salt

1/2 cup grape-seed, hazelnut, or almond oil

10 drops grapefruit essential oil

10 drops juniper essential oil

1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir thoroughly.

2. Spread the mixture onto damp skin and massage in. Concentrate on the tough, rough, thickened areas of the body, such as the feet and elbows.

You can also use this scrub to alleviate a dry, flaky, scalp and dull hair that are often the result of long-term use of permanents and colorings. Gently massage 1-2 tbsps. Of the scrub onto the entire scalp for 5 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual. Because this scrub can be harsh on the skin only use 1-2 times a month.

Almond and Bran Scrub:

1/2 cup very finely ground almonds

1/2 cup coarse wheat bran

*1 cup hot green tea

10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix the almonds and bran. Add the tea; stir until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Cool just to body temperature. Add the lavender essential oil, thoroughly blending the mixture. Use this scrub as often as once a week.

* Green Tea is for toning and a oily buildup.

© High Speed Ventures 2011