Natural recipes for homemade body scrubs
By Carla Snuggs
This week, we're serving up all types of DIY skincare recipes. We love natural and organic skincare and how awesome is it to do it yourself and save a bit of cash. We’re kicking things off with DIY body scrub recipes from Dr. Aurora DeJuliis, anti-aging, beauty, nutrition and aesthetic medicine expert.
Dr. DeJuliis is the founder and owner of The Aurora DeJuliis, M.D. European Medical-Spa located in Montclair, New Jersey. It offers a unique combination of state-of-the art, non-invasive cosmetic laser treatments with an anti-aging skincare focus. Keep reading for Dr. DeJullis’ body scrub tips and recipes:
Body scrubs help to remove dead skin cells. They give back to the skin elasticity and freshness. A body scrub is good to combat aging because it gets ride of old, dead skin cells which help to stimulate the production of new, more youthful skin.
Body scrubs need to contain two basic ingredients: an exfoliator and a hydrating agent. Below are some of my favorite simple recipes for making body scrubs in the comfort of your own home. (My personal favorite is the scrub with the milk and honey)
Salt & Almonds
Good for exfoliating dry skin, but not the best scrub for those with sensitive skin
- 1 cup of sea salt
- ½ cup of almond oil
Coffee & Yogurt
This scrub is really good for cellulite because the caffeine in the coffee grounds helps to stimulate the circulation. One of the factors that cause cellulite is the retention of water, so when you stimulate the skin with the coffee, it helps to drain excess fluid, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- 1 Cup Coffee Grounds
- ½ cup Yogurt (plain, full-fat)
Walnuts & Honey
This recipe is less irritating to the skin than the salt scrub. It is ideal for people with sensitive skin. The milk and the honey add some hydrating nutrients.
1 Cup of Walnuts (ground)
3 Tablespoons of honey
3 tablespoons of milk
How to apply a body scrub
1. Mix any of the above ingredients together
2. You need to start off with skin that is slightly damp ( a shower is an ideal place for applying a body scrub)
3. Then with your fingers, massage the scrub into your skin with slow, circular movements
4. Then rinse off the scrub
5. It is Important you hydrate the skin right afterwards because the scrub can make the skin very dry. I recommend the Aurora DeJuliis’ Signature Shea Butter Body Lotion.
6. After a scrub, the moisturizer will be able to reach to skin more effectively because the old, dead cells are gone after the exfoliating process.
7. Body scrubs should be applied no more than once a week. It is also a good idea to alternate between types of body scrubs each week.
What are your favorite DIY skincare recipes? Leave them below!