We all know the unpleasant symptoms our skin experiences during winter: dryness, itchiness and dullness, just to name a few. But suffering is so not glamorous and neither is spending ridiculous amounts of money on products that promise they will make you feel like you just stepped off a beach in Cabo. Nope, the solution is in your kitchen.
May I present to you an at-home body exfoliator that will leave your skin feeling fresh, soft and void of any traces of the winter blues? All it takes are two—three if you’re feeling adventurous—ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.
What you need
• A large bowl
• 1 2/3 cups of salt or sugar (I used good ol’ table salt)
• 1/2 cup of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
Add the salt or sugar into the empty bowl.
Add the olive oil into the bowl filled with sugar/salt.
This is where it gets a bit messy—what I personally like to do is throw all my ingredients into the bowl and bring everything into the bathroom with me. In order to make sure the ingredients are well mixed, I use my hands to get them well acquainted.
Then, I immediately hop in the shower and start scrubbing my body (in circular motions, no less, as this helps promote bloodline circulation). That way I’m not wasting any precious granules compared to what would happen if I were to use a spoon to mix everything. Use the entire bowl of scrub, as it’s always best to start from scratch when it comes to DIY concoctions.
Pro tip: You can exfoliate on either dry or wet skin, however, in my experience, dry has proven to work most effectively.
Once you’re coated and resembling a Greek salad, it’s time to get all that oil off your body. Lather up and don’t go easy on the soap. Rinse off, making sure you rid every inch, crease and fold of the mixture. Follow with a body cream, lotion or oil while your skin is still damp (to trap in the moisture).
Personally, I use this exfoliator once a week. Having dry skin is high-maintenance but this is sort of my salvation. It leaves my skin feeling super-smooth and I have noticed fewer ingrown hairs on my arms. I’ve also tried many store-bought—be they high-end or drugstore—exfoliators and, for me, my very own product has proven itself to be a worthy contender. (Not to mention it’s dirt cheap!) The sugar or salt gets rid of those pesky dead skin cells that tend to build up on the outer layer of our skin… and FYI, salt, especially the sea variety, also softens skin. (Remember that beach in Cabo I told you about?)
Elizabeth Tomaras is a journalism student at Concordia University in Montreal.
Have you ever made your own body scrub?
Do you have any variations on this recipe?
What’s YOUR secret for dry winter skin?