Easy Homemade Salt and Sugar Scrubs

It’s time to say goodbye to dry, winter skin and get a fresh, healthy glow for summer. Finding the time and money to make it out to the spa can be challenging. However you can pamper your skin at home for pennies with a DIY salt or sugar scrub.
Salt and sugar scrubs revitalize your complexion by exfoliating dead cells and moisturizing your skin. Choose a sugar scrub for your face or if you want something soft and gentle for sensitive skin. A coarse salt scrub will take care of rough, calloused areas and will also absorb oil from acne prone skin.

What you need
The ingredients are simple and readily available.  You need salt or sugar, oil, and something to add fragrance. You can customize the ingredients in your scrub to give it your own personal aroma. But the core recipe is always going to be a basic mixture of two parts salt or sugar to one part oil.

Begin with one cup of salt or sugar. 
Any kind of salt will do for a salt scrub. The least expensive option is basic table salt. Other options are sea salt for the same ingredients a bath salts, kosher salt for a coarse scrub, or Epsom salt to soothe irritated skin. Use any kind of granulated sugar for a sugar scrub. Choose dark brown sugar if your skin is very sensitive because that’s the softest option.

Next you need a half-cup of oil. Different oils will impart different colors and scents to your scrub. Olive and sunflower oils, for example, will create a yellow tone, while coconut and almond oils are clear and fragrant.

Once you mix the salt or sugar and the oil, you’re ready to add fragrance. Essential oils come in any scent imaginable, and you can easily find them in craft or health food stores. Try a few drops of lavender for a calming effect, or choose cooling peppermint to open your pores. If you don’t want to use essential oils, mix in some flavorful ingredients from your kitchen, such as savory herbs, lemon or orange zest, coffee, cocoa, or vanilla extract.
Print off these cute labels that I found here, and glue on to a jar with a glue stick.
(I printed these off at 45% scaling - in print settings)

Salt and sugar scrubs can be used on either wet or dry skin. Take a handful of the mixture into your palms, a washcloth, a loofah, or a pair of bath mitts. Use a circular motion to gently rub it into your skin. The scrub will easily wash away with plenty of warm water, revealing silky, rosy skin that has been exfoliated and moisturized.
You’ll love making these easy, inexpensive and beneficial scrubs. Find some pretty jars and some ribbon for a thoughtful homemade gift. Your skin will be smooth and radiant and ready for summer in no time.

This post was brought to you by guest blogger, Michelle Pino, who is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com.

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