It’s winter, which means painfully dry skin. Or, if you’re like me and just have dry skin, winter is like every other time of the year…except worse. So what do we do? Exfoliate and moisturize.
I made a scrub that does both. Sort of. If your skin is really badly off, you may still have to moisturize afterwards. But considering how dry my skin is and the fact that I didn’t need to moisturize after I used this, you’ll probably be fine.
The measurements depend on how much you want to make. I made far too much because I decided that an old salsa jar would make a good body scrub jar. No. Don’t use a salsa jar, you’ll wind up with more than you can use. -_- I’ll show you an example of what your measurements will be, though, and you can work with that.
What you’ll need:
- 10 tbsps sugar
- 3 tbsps olive oil
- 1/8 cup lemon juice
Helpful Hint: Don’t mix this in the container you’re going to store it in. Mix it in a bowl. I mixed in my container and it was very difficult and made a huge mess. Mix in a bowl and when you’re finished, put it in the container. If you need more, add more.
Step 01: Mix the sugar and the olive oil until it is well blended. Then add your lemon juice. If your mixture is too watery, add more sugar. If it’s too dry, add more juice. (To be safe, do each teaspoons at a time.)
Step 02: Put it in the container (though mine is already in it). If you need more, make more and add it. I used a salsa container and spray painted the lid (I used chalkboard paint, not because I wanted a chalkboard label…but because it was all I had and it dried quickly).
The olive oil is great for moisturizing. I really love this scrub recipe!
I know that sea salt is popular for scrubs, as well. And yes, you can use that for this if you would rather. The reason I used sugar is because I wanted to use this on my lips, as well, and I didn’t want to deal with the disgusting salty taste if it happened to get into my mouth. If you don’t mind that (or aren’t planning to use it on your lips), then sea salt is a great alternative to sugar. I’ve also http://www.healthcarewell.com/online-pharmacy/ heard that sea salt is better if you plan to use the scrub on your feet and sugar is better if you want to use it for your face. So there’s something to consider when making your scrub.
This also cost me nothing to make because I already had everything I needed in my kitchen cabinets. Score!
ETA: I wound up moving the scrub into a plastic container that I had in my shower. It contained a store-bought scrub at one point and has apparently been empty. (One thing I’m not very good at keeping up with: empty bottles in my shower.) So I removed the labels so I could keep my scrub in the shower.
The background is my attempt at taking better pictures. I obviously still have a good bit to learn. -_- That wound up being the only good picture in a couple dozen. The biggest reason being that I’m having trouble finding a good place to set up in my apartment. And also because things like this kept happening:
But we keep moving forward.