It is no secret that the winter season is not skin's best friend. The dry cold air literally sucks the life out of our skin leaving it extremely dry and sometimes even scaly! In order to keep your skin silky smooth, it's time for operation “keep skin on fleek" to be in full effect.
My skin has been screaming for help but I was not feeling the $20 price tag for a product that I could literally make in my kitchen. Plus, I'm always up for a good DIY project and of course saving a few bucks, so this practical DIY Coconut Sea Salt Scrub seemed like the perfect project to wrap myself in after a long day. For under 10 bucks and 10 minutes, I made a scrub that has my skin feeling absolutely wonderful!
What You'll Need
A Jar/ Container (for your scrub)
Sea Salt (preferably fine)
Coconut Oil (+ any other oils of your choice)
Fresh Lemon Juice (optional)
A Mixing Bowl & Spoon
Step 1: Measure
Add two-parts fine sea salt to one-part oil (you can use courser grains of salt if you plan on using the scrub primarily for feet and elbows). No matter how much of the scrub you plan on making, just make sure the ratio remains 2-to-1. The sea salt helps to lightly buff the skin, while the oil helps to add some moisture and serves as a base.
In my mix, I used both coconut oil (2/3) and grapeseed oil (1/3). I also squeezed ½ of a small lemon into my mixing bowl. Fresh lemon juice, when diluted, has great benefits for the skin such as brightening/evening skin tone and extra exfoliation. To be on the safe side, use the scrub at night time only if you decide to add lemon; exposure to the sun with lemon juice on the skin may cause burning.
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Step 2: Mix & Store
In your mixing bowl go ahead and mix all of the ingredients with a spoon; there's no special method. When it looks like a heterogeneous mixture, you're done mixing. Put the scrub in a jar that will keep air out. I found mine in the Dollar Spot section of Target (my favorite part of the store FYI).
Step 3: Massage & Be amazed!
Now it's time for the moment of truth! Hop in the shower and wash as you would normally. After your last rinse, massage your scrub all over your body to get rid of some of the top layer of dry skin that winter has brought on. Be careful! The oil will make the shower slippery so please, proceed with caution or have a bath mat down.Now wasn't that easy?
This DIY scrub left my skin feeling so good that I didn't even have to moisturize after getting in the shower because of the coconut oil penetrating my skin and, of course, the sea salt scraping away the layers of dead dry skin. Even on the days that I don't use the scrub, my skin feels much more comfortable than it did before incorporating the scrub into my body-care routine. I used fine sea salt, so I was able to use the scrub two to three times a week instead of just one. Take the time out to listen to your skin to determine what works best for you. Do this treatment at least once a week and your skin will be thanking you by the time Spring makes an appearance.
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