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

Edited by Rebecca Kelsey Sampson, Doug Collins, Eng, Anonymous

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Ad

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.
Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

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.

  1. 1
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 13349.jpg
    In a jar, add equal parts sugar with equal parts oil or body wash.
    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.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 39871.jpg
    Optional:
    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.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Essential oils like orange or other citrus scents work well in sugar scrubs, as well as vanilla extract to add a warmer scent.
    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.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    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.
    If you used an oil then your skin doesn't need any additional moisturizer after the shower.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

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).

  1. 1
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 85124.jpg
    Pick your salt, you can use any kind of salt like table salt, sea salt, or Epsom salt.
    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.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    In a jar, add equal parts oil to salt or use slightly more oil than salt (depending on desired consistency).
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 48583.jpg
    Then add a few drops of your essential oil of choice.
    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.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    Use in the shower weekly in circular motions over the skin, rinse off as usual.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  1. 1
    In the shower, take a handful of oats into the palm of your hand.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Gently rub over the inflamed skin in circular motions, using the water from the shower as a means to spread the product.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 82318.jpg
    Rinse off of your skin and shower as usual.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  4. 4
    After the water has drained, take a paper towel to pick up the leftover pieces of oats.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  5. 5
    Repeat as necessary, oats are gentle enough that you can use this scrub daily to help calm your irritated skin.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Method 4: Exfoliate with Coffee

Make an All Natural Body Scrub 18581.jpg

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

  1. 1
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 24201.jpg
    In a jar, add 1 cup of coffee grinds.
    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.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  2. 2
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 30031.jpg
    Follow with 6 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil, mix together.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

  3. 3
    Make an All Natural Body Scrub 67055.jpg
    Use in the shower once every week or two for baby smooth skin.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No | I need help

    Advertisement

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.

Image credits:

Was this helpful? Yes | No | I need help

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.




Rebeccaksampson
Featured Author
7 Articles Started
112 Article Edits
3,650 Points
Rebeccaksampson is a featured author with VisiHow. Rebeccaksampson has achieved the level of "Corporal" with 3,650 points. Rebeccaksampson has started 7 articles (including this one) and has also made 112 article edits. 1,700 people have read Rebeccaksampson's article contributions.
Rebeccaksampson's Message Board
Rebeccaksampson: Hi, my name is Rebeccaksampson.
Rebeccaksampson: Can I help you with your problem about "Make an All Natural Body Scrub"?
 

Article Info

Categories : Skin Care & Diseases

Recent edits by: Eng, Doug Collins, Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 293 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No