When summer fun is in full swing, all those rays of sunshine, blasts of chlorine and summer breezes can take a toll even on the brightest complexion.
But you can give your skin a spa-quality refresh for only pennies a batch. All you have to do is grab some ingredients from your kitchen cupboard, and in minutes, you can whip up your very own homemade facial or body scrub.
All right, so you may need to shop for essential oils to perfect your concoction. But these scrubs slough off old skin, stimulate circulation and leave your skin feeling silky smooth and radiant.
Simply wet your face or body, gently rub into your skin, rinse and pat dry. Here are four scrubs to try at home.
Rose-scented sugar facial scrub
If your face needs renewal after a long day outdoors, this quick, single-use concoction will do the trick. Skincare gurus tout the moisturizing and soothing qualities of rose essential oil, making it the ideal choice to renew tired summer skin.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2-3 drops rose essential oil
Watermelon Lip Scrub
This will bring back memories of your favorite childhood lip balm — the one that was practically good enough to eat! The sugar and olive oil will do the trick. But to achieve that summer fruit infusion, hop online and order a vial of flavored oil or extract.
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 drops of watermelon flavoring
1 drop of food coloring (optional; add more, one drop at a time, if needed)
Margarita Shower Scrub
Some prefer salt scrubs over sugar-based, because along with the same skin-smoothing benefits, salts contain minerals you can work right into your skin.
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1 cup coconut oil
10 drops lime essential oil
Coffee Salt Scrub
People swear by this formula to mask cellulite. The exfoliation power of the salt combined with that kick of caffeine gives dimpled skin a smoother appearance.
1 cup coffee grounds
6 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons sea salt
10 drops essential oil (such as orange, grapefruit or lemon)
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