Making your own body scrubs and polishes is an amazing way to remove dead skin cells, brighten the skin, and give your entire body dewy, radiant glow any time of year. During the Summer months, I like to reach for a homemade dead sea salt scrub to help keep my skin looking and feeling fresh. Add a few seasonally appropriate essential oils and a good carrier oil and voila! You have the perfect salt scrub.
The skin renews itself on a cycle that lasts about 30 days. When older skin cells don’t shed evenly it can leave the skin looking dull and feeling dry.
Using a body scrub every few days can help scour away sticky dead skin cells and give the skin a glowy brighter look. Not to mention your skin will feel soft and supple!
Ready for more radiant skin? Let’s get into the recipe!
Dead Sea Salt Scrub for Dewy Radiant Skin
The key to making a good salt scrub is the ingredients.
First, you need a good quality salt that sloughs away dead skin and helps nourish and hydrate the skin. That’s where dead sea salt comes in.
Ordinary table salt is extremely dehydrating, but dead sea salt is filled with minerals like calcium and magnesium which are known to help hydrate the skin and improve its barrier function. It is the unique chemical composition of this specific type of salt that gives it these qualities, hence its popularity in the beauty industry.
The next thing you need a nourishing carrier oil that will help soothe the skin, seal in moisture, and protect the newly revealed skin. This can be coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond, extra virgin olive oil, etc.
Just make sure it is cold-pressed as those will have the most nourishing qualities.
How to Make a Dead Sea Salt Scrub for Flawless Skin
To make your own dead sea salt body scrub, you will need:
• A container to store it in (be careful if you use glass)
• 1 cup of dead sea salt
• 1/4 cup of carrier oil
• 25 drops of essential oil (I used 10 drops peppermint, 8 drops eucalyptus, 4 drops lemon, and 3 drops basil – very invigorating!)
Please be sure to read this article before adding citrus essential oils to your blend.
Other Fun Salt Scrub Additions
Mixing carrier oils is a great way to add some additional benefits to your body scrub. For example, in the winter, it’s great to whip in some melted shea butter to amp up the moisturizing properties. You can also mix coconut oil, with sweet almond oil to make the scrub moisturizing, yet not overly greasy. Play around with ratios to find one you like best.
Adding in infused carrier oils is another trick you can implement that will give your salt scrub more oomph. This might include adding rose, lavender, or vanilla bean infused carrier oil to impart their relaxing scents and skin nourishing qualities. You can even scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean and mix it into the scrub to give it a dusting of vanilla and a delicious scent!
Learn how to make an infused herbal oil here.
Additionally, you can add rose or calendula petals, lavender flowers, peppermint, rosemary, and other flowers and herbs to your salt scrub to give it a more personalized touch. I know I enjoy using beautiful handmade products! If you plan to go this route and want to give the scrub away as a gift, either mix the herbs in the scrub right before gifting or give the receiver a separate bottle of carrier oil that they can mix into the salt, essential oil, and herbs/flowers themselves.
This will ensure that the flowers/herbs keep their color since carrier oil tends to leach it away, especially from delicate flower petals.
Lastly, choosing essential oils for your scrub will give it a personal flair. Choose oils that enhance specific emotions and feelings in order to deepen relaxation, cheerfulness, and other positive emotions.
Some popular essential oils to consider include:
• Jasmine (use very sparingly! It’s a strong one!)
• Sweet orange
Dead Sea Salt vs Epsom Salt
You may be tempted to swap out the dead sea salt with epsom salt but I implore you not to! While each of these salts has healing qualities, epsom salt doesn’t have the moisturizing benefits that dead sea salt does. If you try using it as a substitute in this scrub, you might find yourself with dryer skin.
Epsom salts are more for soaking in in order to absorb the magnesium and other minerals from the salt through the skin. This is why it’s a popular bath soak and why you won’t find it as the main ingredient in most body polishes. Sure, it will scour away dead skin cells, but it just isn’t the same as good dead sea salt.
Dead sea salt, on the other hand, can be used as both a scrub and a soak with great results. It’s full of beneficial minerals! However, it doesn’t have the same physical benefits like relieving aches and pains that epsom salt has.
You’ll just have to choose which salt you want to use based on your needs.
Loving Preparation – Dead Sea Salt Scrub Recipe
1. Add the carrier oil and essential oils to a glass bowl and stir to combine.
2. Next, add the dead sea salt and mix thoroughly.
3. Scoop the scrub into your containers of choice and keep it for your personal use or give them away as gifts!
After washing in the bath or shower, take a tablespoons worth of dead sea salt scrub and massage it over your entire body.
Rinse, then blot yourself dry to keep from wiping away the scrub’s benefits.
If you need to shave, be sure to shave AFTER to have used the scrub.
Have you ever made your own dead sea salt scrub? Please share your recipe in the comments!
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