Make an All Natural Body Scrub Exfoliate with Sugar vs Salt vs Oats ... and 1 more

Edited by Rebecca Kelsey Sampson, Doug Collins, Eng

How to exfoliate your body for smooth skin

Body scrubs are some of the easiest natural beauty products to make because the possibilities are endless. In this wiki, I will show you several different ways to exfoliate your skin naturally so that you can get baby soft skin.

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Exfoliation is great for peeling away old layers of skin, leaving you softer, but is also good for maintaining an even tan, getting a deep clean, and for shaving prep.

All of the below methods are easy to follow and can be used to make a simple or elaborate scrub by just adding a few ingredients. Adding essential oils, for example, can make any scrub feel more luxurious or store bought.

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General exfoliation tips:

  • Body exfoliation can be messy, so I recommend doing so naked in the shower (with a hair catcher on the drain to catch debris if you have a shower that clogs easily) for easy cleanup.
  • Only do scrubs once a week or your skin will feel raw from repeated use.
  • If you have sensitive skin, test each scrub on a small area of your body first to check for possible irritants.
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Method 1: Exfoliate with Sugar

DIY Vanilla Body Scrub from Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

Sugar is the perfect exfoliant because of its fine texture. It's so fine that it can also be used on the face.

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    In a jar, add equal parts sugar with equal parts oil or body wash
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Oil will be more beneficial for your skin while body wash will provide more of a foam. I prefer coconut oil but olive oil works well too. You can use brown sugar or white sugar, depending on what you have on hand.
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  • Add orange peel zest for scent and an attractive look. Adding sprigs of lavender is also a pleasing effect, especially if you plan on giving this scrub as a gift.
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    Essential oils like orange or other citrus scents work well in sugar scrubs, as well as vanilla extract to add a warmer scent
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    I like to add a cap full of vanilla and a few drops of essential oil to my scrubs, but that's entirely up to you.
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    Once you've created the desired consistency and smell, rub in circles over your skin in the shower (preferably on wet skin) and then rinse off
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    If you used an oil then your skin doesn't need any additional moisturizer after the shower.
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  • Method 2: Exfoliate with Salt

    Lemon Salt Scrub from Vanille Verte

    If you want a tougher exfoliation experience, salt works wonders as it really gets into those stubborn dry spots (like your elbows).

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      Pick your salt, you can use any kind of salt like table salt, sea salt, or Epsom salt
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    Then, pick your oil. You can use canola oil, almond oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, anything you'd like. If you plan on using essential oils to change the scent, use a blander oil that won't have an already overpowering smell.
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    In a jar, add equal parts oil to salt or use slightly more oil than salt (depending on desired consistency).
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    Then add a few drops of your essential oil of choice
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  • Using lemon or another citrus oil would be great for a refreshing feel while heartier oils like vanilla or sandalwood oil can remind you of fall scents and cold weather.
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    Use in the shower weekly in circular motions over the skin, rinse off as usual.
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  • Method 3: Exfoliate with Oats

    Easily exfoliate with oats

    If you have sensitive or inflamed skin, oats provide a very gentle anti-inflammatory exfoliation. However, make sure to have a net (for catching hair) in the drain of your shower when using this scrub, as oats can clog shower drains.

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      In the shower, take a handful of oats into the palm of your hand
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      Gently rub over the inflamed skin in circular motions, using the water from the shower as a means to spread the product.
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      After the water has drained, take a paper towel to pick up the leftover pieces of oats.
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      Repeat as necessary, oats are gentle enough that you can use this scrub daily to help calm your irritated skin.
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    Method 4: Exfoliate with Coffee

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    To add a subtle glow and add antioxidants to your skin, coffee is perfect.

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      . You can use unused or used grinds, though used grinds will have less antioxidant benefits. To save money, I gather the grinds from my morning coffee until I have enough to exfoliate with.
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      Follow with 6 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil, mix together.
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      Use in the shower once every week or two for baby smooth skin.
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    Now you know how to exfoliate your skin easily and naturally. I can't even remember the last time I bought a store bought exfoliator because these simple DIY scrubs work so well.

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