Sweet Almond Oil Body Scrub Recipe

Sweet almond oil, sugar and Vitamin E capsules make for a great body scrub

Almond oil is a hydrating option for body scrubs.
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I love a great hydrating body scrub. There's nothing quite like a body scrub done at a Korean spa (I highly recommend one if you are even in a big city with a Korean population).

But when I can't get to the spa, I like to give myself a good body scrub. There's no need to pay $$$ for a store-bought scrub when you can make one yourself for pennies.

This is a great recipe because it contains ingredients that you typically have in your cupboards (once you buy the capsules and the essential oils, that is) and doesn't rely on fresh ingredients like fruits, yoghurt or milk.

Because it doesn't contain fresh foods, it won't spoil easily. It's also best used with a partner so you can get to those hard-to-reach areas, i.e. your back.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (I use plain sugar but brown sugar works well, too)
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (use coconut oil if you don't have almond)
  • 5 Vitamin E capsules (get these at the drugstore or a health-food store)
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (skip this if you don't have it)

Recipe

Place sugar, almond oil and essential oil into a bowl.

Pierce the Vitamin E capsules and squeeze them into the bowl.

Mix well. You want a consistency that's not too runny. Add more oil if you like.

To Use

Step into the shower and rinse body so your skin is wet.

Starting at your neck, work the scrub into skin by massaging in a circular motion. I like to wear exfoliating gloves when I apply this scrub, but don't worry if you don't have any, your hands will do!

Be sure to massage body scrub into your arms, hands, legs, torso and buttocks. If you can reach your upper and lower back, do so, otherwise ask your partner to help you out. (You can get an exfoliating towel at health food stores, you use them by pulling them back and forth across your back).

Pay special attention to any super dry areas, such as the backs of your arms, your elbows and your buttocks.

Once your body is completely exfoliated, rinse in warm water.

Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

Use this body scrub weekly to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It's important year-round to exfoliate both your face and your body, but I find in winter it's even more important.

Get more tips on exfoliating in How to Exfoliate: Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face & Body.

More Great Scrub Recipes

Check out these other scrub recipes and skincare advice:

  • My Best Body Scrub Recipes
  • How to Make Salt and Sugar Scrubs
  • 17 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items
  • How to Save $$$ on Skincare With These 12 TipsĀ