The fastest way to make your skin glow is to exfoliate with a body scrub. Along with all the dead cells, it will wash away some of your stress. It’s a spa-like treatment that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home.
While there are many affordable body scrubs that you can buy, it is also easy and even cheaper to create at home. When you make it yourself, you know what the ingredients are and you can tailor it to your own personal preferences.
There are many different types of body scrubs. Salt scrubs are some of my favorites. Let me explain why and share my easy DIY Himalayan salt scrub recipe.
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What is a Body Scrub?
A body scrub is a paste like substance that contains exfoliants. Some of the common exfoliants used for a body scrub include salt, sugar, coffee grounds, and oatmeal. When you rub it on your body, it helps remove dead skin.
What are the Benefits of a Body Scrub?
A body scrub feels good, but it has some other welcome benefits too. Just think as you are rubbing the scrub on your skin, it will:
- Improve circulation and skin cell turnover
- Remove dead cells from the skin’s surface
- Reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Smooth and soften rough, dry skin
- Draw out impurities and clear congestion
- Free ingrown hairs and smooth razor bumps
Add essential oils to the body scrub and you can reap additional benefits like added energy or stress-relief.
Why Himalayan Salt?
I like to use Himalayan salt for a body scrub because it is thought to reduce signs of aging and improve skin. Himalayan salt contains up to 98 percent sodium chloride and the rest is trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium that give it the light pink tint. It’s minimally processed so you get an unrefined product free of additives.
Salt also has detoxifying properties. The trace minerals are natural purifiers that draw out pore-clogging toxins and relieve congestion. This helps promote more efficient circulation and healthy skin cell turnover.
A salt scrub is one of the more abrasive types of body scrubs because the particles tend to be more gritty. This can be particularly useful for rough areas like feet and elbows. It should not be used on more sensitive skin like your face.
Note: You can substitute other salts like sea salt or Epsom salt for the Himalayan salt in this recipe if that is what you have on hand. It will still help remove the dead skin, but you won’t get some of the other benefits. Your salt scrub also won’t have the pretty pink color.
DIY Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe
I love this recipe because it is so easy and only requires a few ingredients. It doesn’t require precise measurements and you are free to customize based on your personal preferences. You can make it in a matter of minutes.
Himalayan Salt Scrub Ingredients
For this homemade salt scrub, you will need:
- 1 cup pink Himalayan salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil (You can substitute other carrier oils if you prefer)
- 10 - 20 drops essential oils
- 1 tablespoon liquid body soap (This is optional, you can add a little bit of soap if you would like the scrub to lather up)
You will also need a mixing bowl and spoon.
Which Essential Oils for the Salt Scrub?
You can use your favorite essential oil or blend for this salt scrub recipe, but if you need some inspiration I have a few ideas. Here are some blends that work well for a salt scrub:
- Lavender and Peppermint
- Jasmine and Thyme
- Lavender and Grapefruit
- Eucalyptus and Mint
If you need more suggestions to help you choose the right essential oils, these articles might help:
- The Best Smelling Essential Oils
- The Best Essential Oils for Foot Pain
- The Best Essential Oils for Back Pain
- Christmas Essential Oil Blends
How to Make a Himalayan Salt Scrub at Home
You can make this simple salt scrub quickly in just a few steps.
Melt the coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave. Just put it in for 30 seconds, check the texture and put it in for a little longer if necessary. If you don't have a microwave, fill your sink with hot water and submerge the jar (making sure the lid is tight) for 90 seconds.
Add your essential oils to the coconut oil and mix well. Feel free to experiment with different blends. Stir in your salt. I recommend using pink Himalayan salts, but you can substitute sea salt, Epsom salt, or use a combination.
Blend in the liquid soap if you like. Store in an airtight container.
Storing Your Himalayan Salt Scrub
This salt scrub with essential oils can last up to six months if it is stored properly. It needs to be kept in an airtight container ideally inside a dark cupboard. If you take the container into the shower, be careful not to get any water into it.
How to Use a Salt Scrub
It’s best to use the salt scrub with essential oils during a shower. First, stand under the water for a few minutes, so that your skin is wet. Then, take a little bit of the scrub and rub it all over your body in a circular massage motion. Start at your feet and move up to enhance circulation. You can use a back scrubber like this to get those hard to reach spots.
Once you have applied the scrub on the skin, thoroughly rinse it off. Use a massaging shower head for a more luxurious experience. After your shower, apply a moisturizing lotion while your skin is still damp.
Safety Tips for Using a Salt Scrub
While having salt in the scrub brings some added benefits, there are also a few things you need to be careful with:
- Don’t use a salt scrub on any areas that have an open wound. You have probably heard the saying - “don’t throw salt in the wound!” It is because it will sting.
- Do not use a salt scrub on any areas you have just shaved and don’t shave any areas where you have used a salt scrub for a few hours.
- Don’t use this scrub on your face, as it is a bit harsh.
More Easy Home Beauty Treatment Recipes
If you are looking for more inspiration for spa beauty treatments that you can do at home, check out these recipe ideas:
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