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Sick of spending all your cash on pricey exfoliating body scrubs? You can’t skip exfoliating – it’s a must to get rid of dead, flaky skin – but you can save some dough by making your own. Two ingredients that are a must in your homemade body scrub are coconut oil and sea salt. Both products are magical on your skin and when combined, the magic is doubled.
Salt's Benefits for Skin
You’ve probably heard the warnings about limiting your salt intake, but when it comes to using it externally, don’t skimp. Although table salt can be used in your body scrub, sea salt is the better choice because it’s unrefined. This means all of the natural minerals like calcium, potassium and bromide aren’t stripped from sea salt like they are in table salt. These minerals help to soothe your skin, cleanse the pores, draw out impurities and remove dead cells.
Coconut Oil Benefits For Skin
Coconut oil is made up of saturated fats. While this might not be so hot for your waistline, it’s killer for your skin. Coconut oil is a stellar moisturizer. It contains a lot of antioxidants to help to protect the skin against free radicals, which break down the connective tissues in the skin. The benefits of coconut oil for the skin are plentiful and include, repairing damaged tissues, preventing premature aging, making the skin look more youthful, deterring age spots and damage from sun exposure and getting rid of dry skin.
Making the Scrub
There’s really not much to making a homemade exfoliating scrub with salt and coconut oil. Grab a clean, empty jar with a lid. Put two tablespoons of sea salt and two tablespoons of coconut oil into the jar. If you want to make more, double or triple the recipe. Mix the two ingredients together well. After wetting down your body, use the scrub like you would your regular exfoliating body wash. Keep any unused scrub in the jar with the lid on tightly and in a cool spot.
Although exfoliating your body is necessary in removing dead and dry skin, overdoing it can do more harm than good. Don’t scrub your body vigorously with the scrub, or it can become irritated. If you develop redness, a rash or irritated skin, stop using the scrub or at least cut back on how often you use it. Your homemade coconut and salt scrub is fine to use on your face, too, but be careful not to get it in your eyes or you’ll definitely feel a sting.