Recipe Suggestions for Exfoliating Scrubs
The possibilities for different combinations of ingredients to include in exfoliating scrubs are endless. Since many of the ingredients are perishable, it is best to make only enough for a single use. If essential oils are used, add only one or two drops because these oils have a potent scent and can be irritating if they directly contact the skin in concentrated form.
An inexpensive and simple facial scrub can be made from sugar and oil. Combine about 1/4 cup of granulated white or brown sugar with several teaspoons of oil to make a thick paste. If the mixture is too runny, add more sugar.
Salt is an excellent exfoliant. Any type of salt will work, including ordinary table salt, Epsom salts, or sea salt, which also contains minerals that are nourishing to the skin. To make a salt scrub, combine about 1/4 cup of salt with a few teaspoons of the oil of your choice, until it reaches the desired consistency. Instead of salt, baking soda can also be used.
Ground Nuts or Grains
Different types of nuts or grains such as almonds, cornmeal or oatmeal can be used as exfoliants. Oatmeal is known for its soothing effect on skin. Whole oats and nuts can be ground in a blender or coffee grinder. To make a scrub, combine a few tablespoons of ground nuts or grains with honey, mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, or oil to make a thick paste.
Note that while adding oil to exfoliating scrubs is moisturizing for the skin, if the scrub is being used as a body wash in the shower the oil can create a safety risk by making the bottom of the shower very slippery.