Green Your Life: Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

| 11/22/2010 1:02:00 PM

As cold weather sets in, the dry air can make your skin feel dull and flaky. You can slather on gobs of store-bought lotions and creams, but those can start to cake on your skin if you aren’t careful. Skin scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities off skin, but they can be expensive and, if bought at the store, aren’t a very sustainable option. You can make many scrubs at home from ingredients already in your pantry, and you can customize them to fit your skin’s needs. Try some of these natural and simple scrub recipes on your winter skin today. 

grapefruit skin scrub 
Combining simple ingredients such as a grapefruit, sugar and olive oil will yield a soothing skin scrub. Use one half of the grapefruit for the scrub and rub the other half on rough spots before scrubbing. Photo By Dani Hurst. 

Citrus and Sugar Scrub  

The fruit acid in this sugar scrub recipe from Whole Living loosens dead skin cells. I used a grapefruit instead of an orange, and I liked the tangy smell of this scrub, but the mixture was too runny. It left my skin with an oily residue and lacked the satisfying exfoliation of a grainier scrub. The next time I make this scrub, I will add more sugar or a little less oil. 

• Click here for Whole Living's Citrus and Sugar Scrub recipe.

coffee grounds skin scrub 
Freshly used coffee grounds are very versatile. They can be sprinkled over potted plants to add nutrients to the soil or used as a body scrub. You can use the grounds by themselves or combine them with other natural ingredients for a bright wake-up scrub. Photo By Dani Hurst.