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The Benefits of a Body Scrub: 4 Easy Scrub Recipes

Updated on November 22, 2011
Salt for a body scrub
Salt for a body scrub

4 Body Scrub Recipes

There are several very good reasons to treat yourself to regular body scrubs

- it cleans and exfoliates the outer layers of your skin by removing all dirt, oils and dead skin cells

- it stimulates and circulates the lymph fluids which in turn help eliminate toxins

- it is a stimulating massage that improves blood circulation

- it helps the body produce its own natural oils

- it also prepares the skin for any additional treatments such as using a moisturizer

Tips on how to most effectively do your body scrub are included after the recipes

Use the body scrub tool of your choice. This can be a small towel, sisal mitt, loofah, brush or sponge. I use my hands.

Body Scrubs Recipes

Beginning with the easiest and one I have often done. If you need incredibly soft skin tonight, for whatever good reason, you may want to try:

1 - Buttermilk and Salt Scrub -

1/2 cup buttermilk

Salt - enough to make a moderately thick paste

- Gently massage this body scrub using a circular motion. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. I find it best to lather up using Dr. Bonner's liquid soap - or use the soap of your choice to make sure you get rid of any hint of a buttermilk smell. Then rinse and rinse again. Super soft skin. A body scrub prepares you to use a moisturizer if you so desire. I always use pure Shea butter. See link below for information about Shea butter.

- Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, moisturize

This is a good scrub for a beginner. A little goes a long way. It helps remove dead skin cells and conditions and softens the skin. The abrasion from the salt is just enough to polish the skin while helping to increase blood circulation. For this recipe I have always used a fine-grained salt.

Note: Although you may find recipes calling for sea salt, I use sea salt for food preparation and have used regular salt from the supermarket to make this buttermilk salt scrub and it worked very well.

Also to soften and condition skin

2 - Apricot Kernel Oil and Sea Salt

2 cups coarse salt

1/4 cup apricot kernel oil

- Make a paste and massage gently into the skin

- This scrub will help remove dead skin cells and leave it soft and conditioned. It provides just enough abrasion to polish the skin, increase circulation, and stimulate lymph production to eliminate toxins while also triggering the skin's own natural oil secretion. The apricot kernel oil is rich in emollients and vitamins A and D, and is easily absorbed. It is also beneficial for healing damaged skin.

- Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize

For Dry Flaky Skin -

3 - Sea Salt and Rosemary Oil

1/2 cup coarse salt

1/4 cup Rosemary oil

- Make a paste and rub over skin using a circular motion

- This body scrub is beneficial for dry and flaky skin. The salt exfoliates the skin, while the rosemary oil has a tonic effect and will help increase blood flow.

- Rinse with warm water, pat dry and moisturize

For Dry Irritated Skin (No Sea Salt) -

4 - Avocado, Oatmeal and Almonds

1/2 cup almonds

1 cup dry oatmeal

1 mashed ripe avocado

1 mitt

(Save the avocado pit)

- First grind almonds in a blender on a coarse setting. Then mix with oatmeal. Put mixture in the mitt.

- Scoop up the mashed avocado using the mitt and rub into your skin

- Because it is rich in vitamin E, oatmeal is known for its anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Almonds naturally have emollient properties and when ground they work as a natural exfoliant. The avocado has vitamins A, D and E and has collagen-rebuilding properties as well.

- Rinse and pat dry

Note: The avocado pit makes a nice massage tool to use after the scrub

Body Scrubbing Tips:

- Scrub in a circular motion starting with your feet, ankles and legs. Next do your hands, arms, shoulders and work your way down your back and then up through your torso in the direction of your heart.

- A final cool water rinse will activate blood circulation

- Body scrubs help to revitalize and energize and are therefore best used earlier in the day

- If this is your first time using a body scrub be very gentle on the skin it may take a few treatments before you can scrub more vigorously. You may also want to start with a fine-grained salt.

For more spa ideas, see the links below:

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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome rls8998 - hope you really enjoy them.

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      6 years ago from Mississippi

      Body scrubs are great and these sound very easy to do. I'm definitely going to try them. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I think you will like it Veronica Allen - good to hear from you!

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      Veronica Allen 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      That apricot kernal oil and sea salt scrub sounds amazing!

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      6 years ago

      Lol! Oh no! And your welcome.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, gchicnotes, it is that container of liquid buttermilk. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly - once I did not and I was dressed beautifully one day and perfumed with sour buttermilk. Yikes! Thanks for the votes!

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      6 years ago

      I must, must try the buttermilk and salt. It that a liquid buttermilk? I keep thinking of Bisquick :D. That sounds great for the dryness my skin gets in the winter. I have to get to the grocery store now. Voted up, useful and awesome!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Lisa Preston - glad you got a kick out of that song by the Police - whew!

      A friend gives me luxurious body scrubs made with coffee grounds and olive oil - which is supposed to be good for cellulite. It's lovely and easy to make but it's a mess to clean up after - I pretty much want things to go down the drain.

      Right now I'm getting ready to upload a hub about a foot mask and next will be simple facial scrubs. Really easy and simple! But maybe not to put in a jar. I'll see what else I come across in the next couple days!

    • lisadpreston profile image


      6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Hi, me again. Thanks for the info. Are there some scrubs that we could pre make and put into jars for xmas presents? I'm going to rsearch your other hubs for homemade items that I can make for xmas gifts. And by the way, I added your song by the "Police" to my luny toons hub. What an eye opener that was. Thanks.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad CountryCityWoman - and I too feel better and look better. Yay!

    • CountryCityWoman profile image


      6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      You've inspired me - and shortly I am going to do a body scrub - I do feel so much better after. I have more energy and my skin looks great. I plan to try every one of these. Thanks a lot.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Jackie Lynnley. Have a pampering holiday season.

      You're welcome Om Paramapoonya. Hope you enjoy it!

      It is so great and easy thoughtforce. I'm on my way to do an early bath and some scrubbing of the feet and legs only. I truly think it energized me and I want to stay up late tonight and not feel groggy.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      The buttermilk and salt scrub sounds great and I will try that soon! The others sounds great too and will come next. Thanks for this great recipes and for the inspiration to turn the bathroom into a Spa! Voted up and useful


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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      This is great! I always wanted to make my own body scrub. I'll try one of these recipes very soon. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are great, thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true about real products GmaGoldie - and we have moved so far away from them to our own detriment. Time to look back.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      An employee once gave me a book with all the home recipes for spa related items. I love this. It is amazing what real products can do. Baking soda is so underutilized yet is one of the best values. Great hub!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ah, the real thing sweetie1 - real apricot. I love our elders - they knew how to do all this stuff. The interesting thing is I did a bit of a scrub a few days ago, to my feet, legs, thighs, knees, elbows and I'm thinking how energized I felt - so it does do much for the circulation.

      Thanks for writing.

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      6 years ago from India

      Hi BKcreative, I use apricot scrub. I remember my grandma would make aprocot scrub, it was little course and would feel like scrubbing your skin but these days we get apricot scrubb in market and we use that. Thanks for letting me know how to make one. I am sure going to try it.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks PWalker281! I'm actively looking for face masks and scrubs - so far it's the usual - beat an egg - which is quite lovely as a mask. Hmmmmm. But Ah, I do have one recommended by a friend - when she visited for the night - she'd do it - okay I'll get started. First I have a foot mask - I'll finish and upload. I think I'll write some of these hubs for a bit because pampering should be a habit and for me it has been a looooong time. Love the buttermilk story. I seem to remember it being recommended to make biscuits - but drinking it...oh, nosireeeee!

      I think you will like the first recipe AliciaC - it is so easy and it works. I used to do this scrub over 20 years ago. I was newly single and I liked the idea of going out in a cute little dress and knowing that I was so incredibly soft - made me feel so smug - and let's say I was dancing with a guy which gave him the chance to touch my incredibly soft arms (and he's shiver in amazement) - I'd tell him I had soft parents. I'm looking for a few facial scrubs - and an all natural friend did a couple when she came to visit - she just grabs whatever I have on hand. And then I follow suit. So they are beauty/effective tested.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the scrub recipes. I'm definitely going to try the first one - it looks easy to make and sounds like it's very effective. I'm looking forward to your facial scrub hub too!

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      6 years ago

      Looking forward to the facial scrub recipe, BKC!

      When we were kids, our family would visit my mother's grandmother (our great grandmother) in Pittsburg, PA. My mother always had buttermilk, and one day she let us kids try it. I can't remember if it was me or my brother, but one of us, after having taken a sip, spit out on the porch. Lucky we were outside when we sampled it!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm still surprised TheListLady at how well the salt and buttermilk scrub works. Really, it's just massaging it on and rinse very well. You just want to touch yourself all day. Mmmmmmm.

      These are for the body PWalker281 - that salt can be irritating (says the one who tried the buttermilk/salt scrub on the face) - I felt burning. I can use a good facial or two myself - my skin looks dull. So I am going to work on just such a hub tomorrow - see what old recipes I have around here - thanks for the idea. And I'm with you - I just cannot drink buttermilk. I read how someone loved an ice cold glass with a piece of corn bread so I tried it - noooooo, no no. But I will dump leftover buttermilk in my bathwater.

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      6 years ago

      Well that's one great use for buttermilk 'cause I sure wouldn't drink it!

      Question, are these recipes appropriate for use on the face? If not, what's good for exfoliating facial skin?

      Thanks so much for sharing these great recipes and tips 'cause my skin sure could use a body scrub! I'm going to bookmark this one for future reference. Rated up and (oh so) useful!

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      6 years ago from New York City

      Wonderful and I can do this. I've done a buttermilk and salt scrub years ago - and it was amazing. Yes, truly silky soft skin. Rated up!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      These recipes lisapreston, are good for one thorough scrub. But let's say you'd like to make a scrub a day or two ahead - well, the buttermilk scrub can be stored in the fridge. The avocado would begin to spoil though, and turn brown, and should only be made when you are ready to use it. The others with apricot kernel oil and rosemary oil would be okay if made in advance or if you feel it is too much for one scrub and want to save the rest.

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      6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Good suggestions for scrubs. I will try these as buying them already prepared can be quite expensive. Once these recipes are made, can they be stored for any period of time for later use or will they spoil?

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks celebritie! I have used epsom salt for a great bath soak. It seems to soothe whatever ails or itches you - like mosquito bites.

    • celebritie profile image


      6 years ago

      This is good to know I have heard things about using epson salts in the bathwater too!


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