If you enjoy DIY cosmetics, you like to choose ingredients according to your skin type and you want to know what's in your cosmetics, besides that you love wonderful smells, perfect textures, these are body scrub recipes for you!
How often should you use a body scrub?
How often you should exfoliate depends on your skin type, although dermatologist Robinson suggests starting with 1 to 2 times a week. It is best to see how the skin reacts and be careful not to compromise the skin barrier and not deprive the skin of too much moisture.
If your skin is sensitive, do a patch test on your hand to see how it reacts. Start using the product once a week and increase to three times a week.
People with oily skin should not exfoliate too often, as this could have a negative effect and cause excessive sebum production.
How long does it take to see results?
If you just want smooth, supple skin, you can see (and feel) an improvement in skin texture in just one or two treatments. But because the skin on the body heals differently than the skin on the face, it may take longer to see results for deeper skin problems. Kerry Benjamin says that if you want to lift pigmentation or soften fine lines, you'll probably need a series of six treatments spaced three weeks apart, and if you want to get rid of body acne, a series of up to six treatments spaced two weeks apart is needed. And don't forget your feet! Remove build-up from your heels and prepare your feet for sandal season with two to three treatments spaced three weeks apart.
The difference between mechanical peeling and chemical peeling
Mechanical exfoliation is usually what you think of when you think of exfoliation. These peels may contain small abrasive particles to physically remove dead skin cells from your skin. Other forms of mechanical exfoliation can be tools such as brushes, sponges and dermaplaning. Mechanical scrubs can cause irritation if too much pressure is applied during scrubbing or if the particles are too large. It is best to gently massage the tub use mechanical exfoliation to avoid irritation or sensitivity. Mechanical peeling helps reduce puffiness by stimulating circulation and improving blood flow. Manual exfoliation will give you instant results and leave you with glowing fresh skin.
Chemical peels can also give you fresh skin, but these products use gentle acids to remove dead skin cells. It works on a deeper level than mechanical peeling. It's important to be aware of other products you use with chemical peels. It is recommended not to use chemical peeling at the same time as retinol because it can cause stronger irritation. We usually see chemical peels containing ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and/or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). AHA is water soluble and is primarily used for hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tones and fine lines. BHA is oil soluble and is best used to reduce inflammation and clear up acne.
Body scrub recipes
You can make your own body scrub that will be nutritious, effective, simple and, best of all, you will know exactly its ingredients.
A simple sugar scrub
Ingredients for the base:
1 cup sugar of your choice (organic cane sugar, brown cane sugar, turbinado, etc.)
3 tablespoons, more or less, of sweet almond, jojoba or extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a few drops of vitamin E oil
1/2 juice of a small lemon
or a few drops of your favorite essential oils like spearmint, lavender, etc.
Mix: Place the sugar in a small/medium bowl and add the oil 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. You want the consistency to be gritty, not runny. If the mixture is too runny, the sugars will dissolve in a day or two and won't exfoliate the skin, but you'll still get extra moisture from the oil.
The sugar scrub should be closed when not in use and stored in the shower or cabinet. It is best to use it within 1 month.
Body scrub with green tea
Contents of 2 green tea bags
1 cup of white sugar
½ to ¾ cup soft or melted coconut oil (You can use more or less depending on how dry or oily you want the consistency to be.)
Optionally 1 tablespoon ground freeze-dried edamame beans
Mix all the ingredients and enjoy a body scrub or bath.
Coffee body scrub
1 cup of ground coffee
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4-1/2 almond oil
1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
10 drops of orange essential oil as desired
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
Start by using 1/4 cup of almond oil and increase until you reach your desired texture. 1/2 cup of almond oil will make a thinner, oilier scrub.
Store in a hermetically sealed container. It is best to use it within 2-4 weeks.
Chocolate body scrub
1 cup white sugar (or coconut sugar)
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature (no need to melt)
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon until they are completely combined. Gently place (do not pack) into a jar with a tight lid and use weekly or every few days on the body.
Body scrub made from coconut oil and jojoba oil
5 cups of white sugar
1/3 cup organic coconut oil (melted)
1/3 cup of organic jojoba oil
3 teaspoons extract (mint/orange/lemon/vanilla/rose water) (use 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup sugar mixture)
If you want your peeling to have a special color, add a few drops of food coloring
Mix white sugar and both coconut and jojoba oils together until evenly distributed.
If making a large batch of 1 flavor, add 3 teaspoons of either extract and food coloring and mix until combined. If making separate flavors, add 1/2 teaspoon of extract to 1 cup of mixture.
Store in disinfected jars, tightly packing the sugar. Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
For body scrubs, the most important thing is to use a base consisting of sugar and oil, for example coconut. That's enough to make your scrub work.