Recipes for Homemade Body Exfoliators

If you're making your own body exfoliant, then it's a good idea to understand the ingredients you can use, and the benefits they can offer you.

  • Carrier oils: oils such as grape-seed, hazelnut and almond oil penetrate the skin and supply essential fatty acids, giving the skin a soft sheen and increased elasticity.
  • Essential oils: oils such as lavender, juniper and grapefruit may be used for fragrance and for healing. Lavender oil can help heal minor inflammations, juniper oil is useful for combating stress, fatigue and water retention, whilst grapefruit essential oil has a slight deodorising effect, and also gently refreshes and stimulates.
  • Green tea: beneficial for oily skin, as the tannic acid helps to remove any excess oil. The caffeine also helps to tighten and tone the skin.
  • Ground almonds: helps to remove scaly, tough, dry skin, and also provides moisture.
  • Sea salt: helps to remove toxins, stimulates stagnant circulation, breaks up fat and water deposits (helping to reduce the dimpled look of cellulite) and aids in tightening and toning slack skin.
  • Sugar: an excellent exfoliating agent; its small grains and ease of melting makes it more gentle than salt.
  • Wheat bran: non-irritating and non-abrasive exfoliator for sensitive skin.

When using a body scrub, apply the mixture in small circles to one area of the body at a time, starting with the feet and legs and working upwards, massaging each area for just a few seconds. Remember to use appropriate pressure whilst massaging in the scrub; sensitive areas such as under the arms will not need much pressure at all, whilst rougher areas such as elbows can withstand firmer pressure. Rinse the scrub away completely with warm water, and then gently pat the skin dry (do not rub). Finish off by using a moisturiser - preferably fragrance-free.

Avocado Oil Body Scrub

  • 200 g (7 oz) light brown sugar
  • 160 ml (6 fl oz) avocado oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 80 ml (3 fl oz) apricot or peach kernel oil
  • clear honey (add only if scrub is too dry)

1. Mix the sugar and oil together in a bowl, taking care that the scrub doesn't dissolve into a thin paste.

2. If the scrub seems dry, add an amount of clear honey to moisten it.

3. Massage the scrub onto damp skin to remove dry, flaky skin.


Bran and Almond Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 240 ml (8.5 fl oz) hot green tea
  • 40 g (1.5 oz) coarse wheat bran
  • 75 g (2.5 oz) finely ground almonds
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

1. Combine the bran and almonds in a bowl and add the tea, mixing until the ingredients form a smooth paste.

2. Cool the mixture until it reaches body temperature.

3. Add the lavender essential oil, thoroughly blending the mixture.

4. The scrub can be used during a bath or shower up to once a week.


Sea-Salt Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 200 g (7 oz) fine sea salt
  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) grape-seed, hazelnut or soya bean oil
  • 10 drops juniper essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

2. Massage the scrub onto damp skin to remove dry, flaky skin. Use up to 1-2 times a month.

3. Alternatively, massage 1-2 tablespoons of the scrub into the scalp to alleviate a dry scalp and dull hair; leave on for 5 minutes and then shampoo and condition as usual.

You can also use this scrub - often the result of long-term use of permanents and colorings. It rids


Sunflower Seed Body Scrub

  • 120 ml (4 fl oz) milk or cream
  • 200 g (7 oz) finely ground sunflower seeds

1. Mix the ground seeds and cream (or milk) in a bowl, stirring thoroughly.

2. Massage onto the skin for a rich, moisturising treat. It is gentle enough to be used daily, even on sensitive skin.