Exfoliation can be a great way to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy.
A body scrub is a popular way to exfoliate your skin, and there are plenty of store-bought varieties to choose from. Or, you can make your very own homemade body scrub using ingredients you already have in your pantry.
What are the benefits of body scrubs?
Exfoliation with a body scrub, or with other types of products like a brush or loofah, can help boost the health and appearance of your skin in several ways.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter because it removes the top layer of dead skin cells. It can also stimulate the production of collagen, which may help your skin stay firm and radiant.
Another benefit of exfoliation is that it can improve the efficacy of topical treatments. If you exfoliate your skin before applying a cream, for example, the cream will be able to penetrate more deeply instead of sitting on the surface.
In addition, massaging your skin with a body scrub can also be a wonderful way to relax and feel calmer, especially if you’re tired or stressed.
How often should you use a body scrub?
It’s best not to use a body scrub on your skin every day. Overexfoliating your skin can leave it dry, sensitive, and irritated.
It’s generally safe to exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. If your skin is dry and sensitive, you may want to exfoliate only once a week. If you have a skin condition, or if you’re unsure how often you should exfoliate your skin, talk to a dermatologist.
It’s usually easiest to apply a body scrub in the shower or bath. Gently massage the scrub into your skin in a circular motion and rinse it off thoroughly with warm water.
What do you need to make a DIY body scrub?
To make a DIY body scrub, keep the following items on hand:
spoons for mixing
measuring spoons or cups
a carrier or base oil, such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, or olive oil
sealed container to store the scrub in
a few drops of your favorite essential oils, if desired
Once you have those items, you can mix the oils with the granules of your choice, such as salt or sugar. You may also want to add other ingredients that can benefit your skin, like honey or green tea, as outlined in the recipes below.
With homemade body scrubs, it’s important to get the consistency right. You don’t want it to be too runny, which can make it hard to scoop into your hands, but you also don’t want it to be too crumbly.
Here are some of the most popular types of DIY body scrubs that are both beneficial to your skin and easy to make.
There’s some scientific evidence that caffeine may help diminish the appearance of cellulite.
A 2011 studyTrusted Source tested a cream containing caffeine and other ingredients on 78 participants. The study found that after 12 weeks of use, the participants who used the cream saw a significant decrease in the appearance of their cellulite. A 2015 clinical studyTrusted Source involving 15 subjects found similar results.
However, these creams contained other ingredients, such as retinol, so it’s hard to determine how effective the caffeine is on its own at making cellulite less noticeable.
That said, coffee is still a popular ingredient for many DIY body scrubs. The tiny granules are gentle on the skin, while still being effective at removing dead cells from the skin’s surface. And who can’t resist the aroma of a cup of coffee?
1/2 cup coffee grounds
2 tbsp. hot water
1 tbsp. coconut oil, warmed
Add the coffee grounds and hot water to a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.
Add the coconut oil. If needed, add more coffee grounds or more oil to get the consistency right.
When you’re satisfied with the consistency, spoon the mixture into a container.