Salt Scrub

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Today, I am going to share a very simple salt scrub recipe I like to use, specifically for my hands. It takes maybe five minutes to put together and leaves your hands feeling amazing. I like to keep salt scrub by my kitchen sink when I find my hands are extra dry so whenever I’m done washing dishes I can just quickly scrub them down before putting my rings back on.

I’m going to give a base recipe, then explore the different ways we can make this to suit maybe more personal needs.

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First you take about a cup of sea salt and add it to a container or dish.

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Then you add about 1/4 cup of coconut oil.

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And mix! Add extra oil and/or salt based on your own personal preference.

It really is that easy, but let’s personalize it a bit more.

I really like a citrus scent in my scrub, especially when using coconut oil because I really like that tropical feel. So what I like to do best is take any fresh lemon, lime, or grapefruit I have and juice it. I kind of eyeball it here and put it when smells and feels right. Vitamin C is great for anti-aging properties, but keep your skin sensitivities in mind. Citrus juices are acidic and can damage skin, so just keep an eye on it.

Another great alternative is to use essential oils, but no more than 10 drops if you make a full batch.

Another option I have tried is using steeped green tea.

You can use this on your face, but if you find the salt to be too abrasive, use sugar instead. It’s gentler and may appeal to those with skin sensitivities. I use sugar on my face, again with the citrus juice or green tea.

Now onto oils. You don’t have to use coconut oil. That’s a common oil most people can use without suffering clogged pores or acne. Not everyone is like this though, or maybe you’re looking to attack a specific concern that a different oil can aid in. Here are some other oils you can use instead of coconut oil:

  1. Blemished Skin
    1. Pumpkin Seed Oil
    2. Grapeseed Oil
  2. Oily Skin
    1. Jojoba Oil
    2. Grapeseed Oil
  3. Dry Skin
    1. Almond Oil
    2. Apricot Kernel Oil
  4. Mature Skin
    1. Argan Oil
    2. Rosehip Seed Oil
  5. Sensitive or Irritated Skin
    1. Avocado Oil
    2. Hemp Seed Oil

I particularly like making these scrubs when I have an abundance of fresh lemons and limes (my favorites). It smells so clean and refreshing and leaves skin radiant.

Do you have any special scrub recipes you use on a consistent basis? Let us know in the comment section.

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