Before you go on and spend a lot of money on expensive body-care products, it’s best that you really do your research online and come up with your own beauty recipes. If that peaks your interest, keep reading because we have every intention to help you with that.
But before we start, there are a few things you need to know about brand products: they contain chemicals even if the label says they don’t-how else could they resist so long on the shelves? – and there is only one formula made to fit everybody, when we know very well that each type of skin is different.
This being said, why not try your own mixture at home until you find the right formula for your body? Without further ado, we recommend that you try these DIY body scrubs anyone can make!
1. Vanilla Lavender Scrub
Ingredients: 1 handful of Lavender flowers, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and a bathing sponge
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the vanilla extract and the lavender in a large bowl, pour the composition in a jar and keep it in a cold, dark place for 3 days before using it. When it’s ready, apply it with a sponge on your body, using circular moves, up and down. You don’t need a huge amount of it, especially since both vanilla and Lavender have a really strong flavor. Two drops are enough for one scrub.
2. Coffee Scrub
Ingredients: Coffee powder, a cloth glove
How to prepare and apply it: If you made coffee this morning, keep the leftovers from the bottom of your pot and, using a cloth glove, massage it on your body. It is believed that this will reduce cellulite, but no studies have proved this yet. However, your skin will become much smoother, so you should give it a try!
3. Mango Scrub
Ingredients: 1 ripe mango, a sponge
How to prepare and apply it: First of all, take out the hard seed and manually mash the pulp until you get a soft, nice paste. Apply it on your thighs, abdomen, arms and feet with circular moves to improve blood circulation. Keep doing this for 6-10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. You will immediately feel energized and ready to conquer the world!
4. Sugar and Lime Scrub
Ingredients: 1 small lime, 1 spoon of sugar
How to prepare and apply it: Squeeze the lime juice in a bowl, add the sugar and you’re good to go! Massage this mixture on your thighs, buttocks, elbows and knees. This scrub is good especially for rugged or oily skin, but don’t use it for your face, arms, neck or the chest area, since it’s very harsh and it might damage these areas. Other than that, you are all set: repeat the procedure every three days in order to allow your skin to rejuvenate in the meantime.
5. Sweet Potato and Lemon Zest Scrub
Ingredients: 1 medium-sized sweet potato, the zest from 1 big lemon
How to prepare and apply it: First of all, bake the sweet potato in the oven at medium temperature, for 15 minutes, add the lemon zest and stir until you obtain a nice and creamy composition. Using your hands, spread it on your face, neck, chest, arms and wait. Leave it on for 10 minutes, like you would do with a normal face mask, then start massaging it on your skin for another 5 minutes. When you are done, rinse with warm water. You can repeat the procedure every day and you should see some results within 10 days.
6. Chocolate Scrub
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar, ¼ chocolate bar
How to prepare and apply it: Using a small knife, chop the chocolate into small bits, add the sugar and quickly start massaging the composition on your skin until it melts and becomes a smooth cream. Keep massaging for 5 more minutes and them leave it on for 2 minutes, like you would do with a mask. When you’re done, rinse with warm water. This mask is good for your face, neck, chest and arms area and the treatment can be applied every other day.
7. Cinnamon and Chamomile Scrub
Ingredients: Two teaspoons of cinnamon powder, 2 spoons of Chamomile tea
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the ingredients together until you get a soft, almost liquid composition. When it’s ready, apply it on your back, underarms, buttocks and thighs. Keep massaging until you feel a slight pinch or a very faded kind of pain. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and then put on cotton clothes. This scrub is very effective for people who sweat a lot or in case you are spending your summer at the beach.
8. Green Tea Scrub
Ingredients: 2 spoons of grounded green tea, hot water
How to prepare and apply it: Put the green tea leaves in a bowl, add the hot water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. When it’s done, take out the leaves, let them cool off and them massage your thighs area with this mixture. If you think it would help, use a sponge. With circular moves, keep rubbing it on your skin for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Don’t wipe with a towel, let it dry on itself.
9. Pepper and Sugar Scrub
Ingredients: ½ teaspoon of grounded black pepper, 2 teaspoons of sugar
How to prepare and apply it: After taking a shower like you normally do, don’t wipe with a towel. Apply a mixture of grounded pepper and sugar on your wet skin, massaging it thoroughly. Avoid your intimate are and your face, because the pepper might cause serious burns. In fact, you better use this for your feet and underarms only. It will help a lot with your sweating problem!
10. Grapefruit and Mint Scrub
Ingredients: ½ fresh grapefruit, 1 handful of freshly chopped mint leaves
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients in a bowl and then apply the resulting composition on your thighs, buttocks, back, arms and even face, especially if you are facing a severe case of oily skin and/or acne. Massage it gently on your skin for 3-4 minutes and then leave it on for 3 more minutes, in order to allow the nutrients protrude your pores. Since the grapefruit juice is quite harsh, we recommend that you only repeat this procedure every four-five days or so, allowing your skin to recover from the initial shock.
11. Banana and Poppy Seed Scrub
Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, a spoon of poppy seeds
How to prepare and apply it: If you have bananas that are too ripe or look bad enough not to eat them, turn them into your special scrub. Mix the banana pulp with the poppy seeds using your hands and apply this composition on your thighs, feet, buttocks, chest, arms, knees and elbows. If your face skin is quite oily, apply some of this mixture on it too. Massage like you would do it with any other scrub and wash it off with cold water, to close your pores. Only repeat this treatment once a week for your face, but you can do it daily for the rest of your body.
12. Oatmeal Scrub
Ingredients: 2 spoons of moist oatmeal
How to prepare and apply it: This is probably the simplest scrub ever! Take the oatmeal and massage it on your elbows, knees, feet, buttocks and thighs, where the skin needs more attention and a rougher treatment, for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Don’t use it on your face, however. If you have enough oatmeal, you can repeat the treatment every night, before going to bed!
13. Walnuts and Orange Scrub
Ingredients: 2 spoons of walnuts, the juice from ½ orange
How to prepare and apply it: Using a blender, mix these two ingredients and apply the resulting composition on your skin, where you feel you need help. Use your hands to spread it all over your back, thighs, legs, arms and feet. You can also use it for your chest area, but carefully, since that skin is very sensitive. Leave it on for 2 minutes and then start massaging it for 3 more minutes, with gentle moves. Do not try this treatment if you’re suffering from sunburns!
14. Sesame Seeds and Baby Oil Scrub
Ingredients: 1 spoon of sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon of baby oil
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients together and then apply everything on your skin. Massage the composition using circular moves for 5-7 minutes and, when you are done, wash it off with warm to hot water. This scrub is good for every region of your body, so feel free to use it wherever, whenever!
15. Apple and Balsamic Vinegar Scrub
Ingredients: ½ medium-sized apple, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
How to prepare and apply it: Using a knife, chop the apple and finely as you can, add the balsamic vinegar and massage the composition on your skin. Be careful: this treatment is not for your upper body, so only use it for your thighs, knees, elbows and feet. Also, if you are suffering from sunburns, have cuts or opened wounds, avoid this scrub at all costs!
16. Peach and Corn Flower Scrub
Ingredients: ½ ripe peach, 1 teaspoon of corn flower
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients together and massage your back, buttocks, thighs, legs and feet with the resulting composition. Since this scrub is very rough on your skin, it’s best not to use it on your face: you’ll turn red and irritate your skin. Also, don’t use it if you are suffering from sunburns, have dry skin or Rosacea. Other than that, this is an acne skin remedy and should only be used for that
17. Strawberry Scrub
Ingredients: 3 ripe strawberries
How to prepare and apply it: Mash the strawberries using a spoons and apply the resulting paste on your face, chest, thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Although this scrub is especially good for your face, you can try it on your entire skin without regretting it! The secret is to use small and fast circular moves, like your hands are a massaging device. By using your hands instead of an apparatus, you’ll also soften their skin, so it’s a win-win situation! Rinse off with cold water and put on cotton clothes.
18. Raspberry Scrub
Ingredients: 2 spoons of ripe raspberries
How to prepare and apply it: If you have some raspberries around the house, mash them with a spoon and massage the paste on your face and body, just like you would do with a strawberry scrub. The difference is that the raspberry is rougher, thanks to its bigger hard seeds. You can use this treatment every three days in order to let your skin rejuvenate in between the procedures.
19. Olive Oil and Lemon Scrub
Ingredients: 1 spoon olive oil, the juice from ½ lemon
How to prepare and apply it: In a bowl, mix the two ingredients until you obtain a liquid concoction. Apply it all over your skin if you feel like it and massage it thoroughly for 5 minutes, until your skin becomes nice and smooth. The good thing about this scrub it that it’s good for any type of skin, thanks to the fat in the olive oil and the acid components in the lemon juice. Try it and see for yourself!
20. Carrots and Aspirin Scrub
Ingredients: 1 big carrot, two aspirins
How to prepare and apply it: In a blender, mix the raw carrot and the two aspirins until you obtain a juicy paste. Apply this composition all over your body if you need it and massage it roughly, especially if your skin is oily or has acne problems. After 5-7 minutes, stop and leave the scrub on like you would do with a mask. Two minutes later, wash everything off with warm water. We recommend that you try this treatment once a week, at night, 24 hours before leaving the house, just in case you still smell like aspirin.