5 DIY All-Natural Detox Body Scrubs

by Aug 25, 2020DIY0 comments

5 DIY All-Natural Detox Body Scrubs

Introducing self-care into your weekly and even daily routine is important. It’s more than just applying a face mask or reading a book. Self-care is about taking care of you and your mental health. It provides you with time to relax and reflect. So, I invite you to take a break to pamper yourself with one of my DIY all-natural detox body scrubs and treat yourself to some self-care.

What Is a Body Scrub?

If you’ve never used a body scrub, you’re in for a treat. Scrubs are a fabulous way for you to exfoliate your skin. Not only do they leave you flake-free, but they also revitalize your skin by encouraging blood flow to the areas you are massaging. Additionally, body scrubs help purify and detox your skin by drawing out impurities like dirt and excess oil, leaving you feeling clean and refreshed.

Body Scrub Benefits

Outside elements can take a toll on our skin. Whether you live in a cool or warm climate, environmental stressors can irritate the skin. And when our skin experiences drastic changes in temperatures, it can get stressed, lose moisture, and become dry, itchy, and even sore.

In warmer climates, your skin can produce excess sebum (oil) as a result of perspiration and dry skin. In cooler climates, skin tends to become red from cold air and windburn. 

Regardless of temperature, we must take care of our skin, our body’s largest organ, and make sure it gets the nourishment it needs. Treating your skin to a detox body scrub can be the perfect fix to these problems.

Soothing Ingredients

Commercial body scrubs are often filled with chemical irritants and toxins like synthetic fragrances, color dyes, and harsh exfoliators. These ingredients can cause an allergic reaction, damage to the skin, and further irritation. When you make your own, you can skip the toxins and use more nourishing and protective ingredients.

My all-natural body scrubs are packed full of exactly that, with no chemicals or preservatives. And they’re made with things you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, you can make them in just ten minutes or less.

Tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind for creating your own body scrubs.

Essential Oils

Be aware when using essential oils as over-scenting your products can cause irritation and contact dermatitis.

Shelf-Life

Your scrub should last between one to three months or a maximum of one week if you’re using fresh produce. Use them within this timeframe for the best results.

Storage

You can store your scrubs in a mason jar or air-tight, BPA-free container and keep them in the shower. I find it helpful to add a label to the container with the name of what you made and the date you made it.

Organic and Non-GMO

To get the best results from these scrubs, use organic produce, 100% pure essential oils and extracts, and non-GMO ingredients.

5 DIY All-Natural Detox Body Scrubs

These are five of my favorite recipes for a detoxifying and relaxing skin treatment. Make them according to the recipe or change it up and create your own variations.

Exfoliating Coffee & Sugar Scrub

Do you have leftover coffee grinds from your morning cup of joe? Rather than throw them out, grab the grinds from your French press and save them to make an invigorating body scrub.

This scrub is perfect for prepping the skin for shaving. With the addition of coconut sugar, this recipe is extra exfoliating. The other ingredients serve a purpose too. Coconut oil provides moisture to the skin, while vanilla adds a natural and pleasant scent. And cinnamon is not only antifungal, but it rids the skin of topical impurities.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 – 30 applications

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup coffee grinds

– 1/8 cup coconut sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/8 teaspoon 100% pure cinnamon essential oil

– 1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure vanilla essential oil

– 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (use less for a thicker scrub)

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients except the coffee grinds and coconut sugar into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.

2. Slowly add grinds and sugar until you get your desired texture.

3. Depending on how you like the consistency of your scrub, you may want to add more or less of the coffee and coconut sugar.

Moisturizing Lemon & Avocado Scrub

Got avocado but no toast? Turn that would be snack into a soothing and moisturizing scrub.

Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, and when applied topically to the skin, it helps skin retain moisture. Lemon is a powerful bacteria fighter, so it’s perfect for not only toning the skin but detoxifying it of unwanted pathogens that could potentially enter our body. Baking soda is a mild exfoliant that helps fight bacteria, and it’s great for people with sensitive skin.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 – 30 applications 

Ingredients:

– 1 ripe avocado 

– 2 tablespoons lemon juice

– 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure lemon essential oil

– 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure rosemary essential oil

– 3 tablespoons olive oil

– 1/3 to 1/2 cup baking soda

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients except the baking soda into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.

2. Mash the avocado until smooth, add it to the dry mixture.

3. Slowly add baking soda until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.

Purifying Green Tea & Kiwi Scrub

The next time you steep a cup of tea instead of drinking it, add it to your shower routine in the form of a scrub.

Green tea is not only a relaxing scent, but it’s a purifying ingredient. This type of tea does a fantastic job of protecting you from the formation of free radicals, molecules that damage our otherwise healthy cells. When applied to the skin, green tea not only moisturizes and gently tones, but it also protects the skin from oxidative stress.

Want brighter and clearer skin? Kiwi is the answer. It’s packed with vitamin C, which is another powerful antioxidant that helps clear and detox free radicals.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 – 30 applications 

Ingredients:

– 2 tablespoons freshly steeped 100% organic green tea (cooled to room temperature)

– 1 ripe kiwi

– 1/2 teaspoon chlorella

– 1/3 cup baking soda

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients except the baking soda into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.

2. Slowly add baking soda until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Turmeric Scrub

This golden-colored scrub is more than just pretty. It’s packed with powerful bacteria-fighting ingredients. Both turmeric and honey have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help detoxify the body from infection. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties that help detoxify the skin of unwanted pathogens.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 – 30 applications

Ingredients:

– 1 tablespoon turmeric

– 2 tablespoons organic honey

– 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure rosemary essential oil

– 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1/3 cup coconut sugar

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients together except the coconut sugar into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.

2. Slowly add coconut sugar until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.

Energizing Charcoal Body Scrub

Purifying, tingly, and awakening! This scrub is perfect for the morning. It will help wake you up and get you energized for the day. This scrub is not only excellent on your body but would be fantastic for sore or tired feet!

Charcoal is great for drawing out impurities on the skin. Both tea tree oil and spearmint oil are antibacterial, which is excellent for keeping you healthy.  Natural clay, like Rhassoul clay, is a skin detoxifier that pulls out excess oils, dirt, and sebum from your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15 – 30 applications

Ingredients:

– 10 charcoal capsules or 1 – 2 tablespoons charcoal powder

– 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure spearmint essential oil

– 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure tea tree oil

– 1/3 cup natural clay

– 1/3 cup Epsom salt

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients together except the Epsom salt into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.

2. Slowly add Epsom salt until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.

Note: If your Epsom salt is coarse, you can make them smaller by pulsing them in a blender. This will make it easier to spread on the body.

Self-Care with a Body Scrub

Treating yourself to self-care is a good thing! It helps lift your mood, relaxes you, and lets your mind and body take a break from your busy day. With these homemade all-natural detox body scrubs in your arsenal, your skin will feel incredibly refreshed again.

Are you feeling inspired to try something new? If so, tell me which recipe gets you most excited to make!

Share this recipe with a friend who could use some self-care. If you try any of these recipes and post them on social, tag me. I would love to see your creations. @reallifeoutlawblog

Be Well & Thrive!

With Love & In Health,

Sarah Outlaw, MH, MSACN

To work with me as your Nutritionist, I am currently taking virtual clients. Apply to work with me here.

References:

1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon

2. https://foodrevolution.org/blog/detoxifying-foods/

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/

4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric

5. https://www.healthline.com/health/tea-tree-oil-for-scalp

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