My lovely stepdaughter came to visit us last week from Florida where the appeal of some gorgeous weather brought her outside for some tan time. Unfortunately, she had a little too much exposure one day and, as a consequence, she had peeling, dry skin on her legs. Instead of lathering on lotions or creams (which can be very helpful too) we decided to start with a salt scrub that she applied in the shower to start the process of exfoliating her skin. The scrub was easy to make and although it took several applications to fully get her skin back to normal, it made a distinct difference after the first try.
Salt scrubs are wonderful additions to a weekly skincare routine. They help the natural process of desquamation of the skin (dead skin cells getting sloughed off) which unveils more supple, moist skin below. Depending on the texture that you enjoy there are different types of salts to use, but I prefer using a fine plus a medium grind combination. The basic recipe is simple: 2 cups of salt + 1 cup of oil + essential oils. Be cautious when using essential oils because applying too much can irritate the skin. Be sure to use organic oils which are absorbed by the skin when you do the treatment.
Here is a recipe to get you started:
- 1 cup fine ground Himalayan sea salt
- 1 cup medium ground Dead Sea salt
- ½ cup organic avocado oil
- ½ cup organic sunflower oil
- 12 drops peppermint oil
- 12 drops sweet orange essential oil
This recipe makes about 16 ounces and can be stored in an airtight container. Use a wooden spoon to gather the salt out of the container for the treatment as the introduction of water into the jar can contaminate the scrub. Play with ingredients until you get your perfect scrub!