Make it Yourself Monday- Body Scrubs

Body Scrubs are not just great for removing dead skin cells, but they also help promote circulation as they invigorate and rejuvenate the skin. The abrasive action that occurs when the scrubbing agent meets the skin, removes the dead skin cells and open the pores. The various oils that are added to scrubs offer nourishment for the skin as they moisturizing it.

Any carrier oil will work in any scrub recipe, so feel free to change out according to what you have in the cabinet. You should, however, study the oils enough to know which ones will work best for your skin type. You may want to review some of the past posts on carrier oils to refresh your memory.

Many things make good exfoliation agents. You can use salt, corn meal, almond meal, ground walnut shells, jojoba spheres, bamboo powder, apricot seed powder, sesame seeds, and on and on. You will want to do a test with your "scrubbing" agent though, especially if you are unfamiliar with it. You may be surprised at how rough a powder feels when they are used in a scrub. Once you become accustomed to performing routine exfoliation your skin will roughen up a bit and you will be able to exfoliate longer, harder, and with agents that you cannot tolerate when you first begin.

To make Ginger Lime Salt Scrub, you will need;
1/2 cup of sea salts (fine or small)
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or sub as desired)
1/4 cup fresh ginger root
3-5 drops lime essential oil

To begin with, pulverize the fresh ginger (find this in the grocery store produce section) in a blender. Then mix the salt and the ginger together in a bowl. Make sure that you don't use any copper, aluminum, cast iron or teflon coated bowls or utensils. You don't want any chemical reactions while you are mixing.
When it is well mixed and appears to be a consistent blend, add the grapeseed oil, or whatever you are substituting. Once that is mixed well, add the essential oil. If you want, you can drop the lime EO to 3 drops and bolster with 2-3 drops of ginger EO. Once mixed well, place into an airtight container. Some prefer glass jars, but you can use a PET jar with a tight fitting lid and not have to worry about dropping it!   To use it, just scoop out a small amount, place it on your palm, and begin rubbing gently, in a circular pattern, over your skin. Make sure that you apply gentle, even pressure. You can do your hands, feet, heels, elbows and any rough patches of skin, anywhere else. Just don't use on skin that is cut, infected, or irritated, or you will be sorry!  Once you are finished, rinse off thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. While the oil in the recipe will give you some moisturizing, it is possible that you will need extra conditioning. If that is the case, apply lotion, cream, butter, oil, or whatever you use when you are finished exfoliating.

Remember that you need to begin slowly, you don't want to exert too much force, or rub too long. You do not want to tear or abrade the skin the skin, you just want to clean it. Then, as your skin becomes accustom to the treatment, you will be able to increase the amount of time that you spend performing the treatment, as well as the amount of pressure or force that is applied doing the treatment.

Since there is not any preservative in this recipe, make sure that you use a scoop or spoon to get the product out of the jar and then recap immediately. Never use your fingers to scoop out the product, as this could introduce microbes and contaminate the entire jar.  Do not store or use the open jar anywhere near water. Water, even a small drop, can seriously contaminate your product in a very short period of time. So take extra care to prevent this possibility from occurring.

You can make all sorts of scrubs, just use your nose and your imagination to blend what you like!
Use 3 cups of sea salts  (fine) and whatever oil or oils you want. Try mixing 1/2 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil. When it's well blended, add in your EO (s). Try 2-3 drops of  tea tree essential oil, 2-3 drops of Siberian fir essential oil, 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil, and 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil. OR any combination you can think of. Try a new one every day!

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