I have one skincare DIY that is so simple that I almost feel silly writing about it. But it’s so good that it feels mean to horde it- plus, the simplicity is what makes it so great.
Every few weeks, when my skin looks and feels a little bit dull- especially in the dry winter months- I whip up my favorite exfoliating scrub to use before I take a shower (a bath might be even nicer for some of you-I’m just not a bath person). After my shower I'm left with crazy soft skin that lasts for days.
The Secret Ingredients
The ingredients I use are: olive oil and brown sugar. That’s literally it. Like I said, it’s stupid easy. But, even though it's simple, it's important to use that particular ingredient combination.
I use olive oil because this is something you wash off in the shower, meaning it goes down the drain. So you want to use an oil that is liquid at room temperature. If you use coconut oil, it will clog up your pipes as soon as it’s even a little bit cold.
Olive oil is also seriously good for your skin. It contains a compound known as oleocanthal which stops the enzyme that cause inflammation and skin disorders like eczema. It’s also packed with antioxidants that fight free radical damage, and can boost collagen and elastin, which makes your skin plump and hydrated.
I like to use brown sugar over white to exfoliate because it’s softer, and whenever you're using a physical exfoliator it’s important to be as gentle as possible so you don’t micro-tear your skin. I only use this exfoliator on my body- never my face. Your face is just too delicate for physical exfoliators. Stick to a gently exfoliating chemical cleanser for your face.
All Natural Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipe
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
(Note: Use equal parts brown sugar and olive oil in whatever quantity you want. I like making just enough for one use, but you can make a big batch in a jar with a lid, and it will keep indefinitely).
Whisk ingredients together till they form a runny paste. A few minutes before your bath or shower, rub all over your body, avoiding your face. Then wash as normal, with whatever soap you usually use.