DIY Winter Body Scrubs Made with Food from Your Pantry

Ward off dry winter hands with an invigorating homemade scrub

Ward off dry winter skin with these invigorating homemade salt and sugar scrubs made from simple ingredients you probably have in the kitchen.

Now that winter has seemingly arrived, so has winter skin. The cold air outside and the dry heat inside takes a toll, leaving us with rough, dry, and cracked patches that are irritating and sometimes downright painful. Rather then spending money on another random moisturizer that you hope will miraculously be “the one,” try replenishing with a simple homemade salt scrub made from ingredients you already have in the kitchen.

I start my scrubs with coconut oil and sea salt or sugar. With its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, coconut oil hydrates, calms and smooths the skin, while also creating a protective layer. Plus, the smell conjures a warm sunny beach! Sea salts and sugar are the scrubbing agents that exfoliate. The minerals in the salts are purifying and help open pores, promoting better circulation and improving the skin’s overall texture. Sugar is a better option for those with sensitive skin.

From there, the ingredients are somewhat pliable. Essential oils and herbs are frequently added for a variety of healing properties and fragrance. Lavender, mint, and citrus are common elements, but lately my favorite add-in is coffee, which helps keep skin looking young and smooth. So rather then compost my morning espresso grounds, I use them in a salt scrub. It smells amazing in the shower (though it is a bit messy) and makes a great pick me up – you’ll feel clean, hydrated, and so very awake! (Pro tip: Don’t use it right before hot yoga class. Apologies to the nice lady next to me at Newport Power Yoga the other day.)

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Fresh lemongrass and rosemary punch up the second scrub; this one made with sugar. Citrusy lemongrass is invigorating and refreshing, while rosemary is warm and woodsy – perfect for warding off the winter blues. Finely chopping both and blending them into the sugar before adding the oil helps release their natural oils and scent. While sugar doesn’t contain the same detoxifying minerals as salt, its small granules create a gentle exfoliant, leaving skin smooth and soft. I leave a jar of this scrub by my kitchen sink and treat my hands to a mini spa treatment at the end of the day.

Body scrubs are not meant to be used daily, but put to work once or twice a week, they’ll give your skin a healthy polish. (And remember, of course, that staying hydrated starts from the inside – drink plenty of water, eat your fruits and veggies, and avoid processed and sugary foods.) Once you understand the basics of creating these scrubs, you can experiment with adding different ingredients. If you do, let us know in the comments or tag us in your Instagram or Facebook pictures. We love seeing what you come up with, so get glowing!

Awaken your skin with fresh coffee grounds and hydrate with coconut oil!

Fresh coffee grounds and coconut oil hydrate the skin and awaken the senses.

Good morning coffee and sea-salt body scrub

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup sea salt crystals
1/3 cup fresh used coffee grounds (or fresh finely ground beans)
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6-8 ounce airtight jar

In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat then allow it cool. Meanwhile, mix the salt, coffee grounds, and lemon juice in the jar. Slowly add in the cooled coconut oil and stir to combine. The coffee and salt will settle and sink, leaving a roughly 1/4-inch layer of oil at the top. As the coconut oil continues to cool it will solidify. As the mixture solidifies, stir occasionally to bring the coffee mixture to top. If a drier scrub is desired, more salt and coffee grounds can be added.

Use once or twice weekly on hands or all over body.

Bright citrusy lemongrass and earthy rosemary will intoxicate your senses

Bright, citrusy lemongrass and earthy rosemary enhance a gentle sugar scrub that smells delicious.

Rosemary-lemongrass sugar body scrub

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
6-8 ounce airtight jar

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, add lemongrass and rosemary to the sugar and mix well, allowing herbs to release their oils and become fragrant. Slowly stir in the cooled coconut oil. If more than 1/4 inch of oil sits at top of mixture, add an additional 1 teaspoon of sugar. Allow the mixture to solidify.

To use, scoop scrub from jar with a small spoon. Use liberally over hands and body once or twice weekly.

Awaken your skin with fresh coffee grounds and hydrate with all natural coconut oil

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Kate Filloramo has always had a knack for coming up with creative dishes. After marrying an Australian sailor, she began traveling the world while raising two young children. Those adventures broadened her palate and introduced an array of ingredients and culinary pleasures to her kitchen. Kate graduated from Roger Williams University, has taught school in Newport, RI, and has explored her passion for interior design at the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives with her family in Portsmouth, RI. Follow her food adventures on Instagram @forkandtwine.

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