Saturday, 9 July 2011

Extra moisturizing homemade summer scrub recipe

In the summertime our skin tends to suffer more from dryness. Much of this is to do with over exposure to the suns harmful rays and lots of swimming in drying salty water or chlorinated swimming pools. Its also during the summer that most of us want to look our best for the beach and going out on warm summer nights. One of the best ways to treat your skin is to moisturize and exfoliate at the same time. Getting rid of the skins dead cells, helps with the skins circulation and elimination of toxins through the skins pores. Using a cocoa or shea butter based scrub moisturizes and protects the skin at the same time. There are lots of scrub recipes all over the internet many of which feature oil and either sugar or salt as the base. I like to use a cocoa butter or shea butter based scrub as it moisturizes more intensly and isnt quite so messy in the tub and easier to handle- you dont end up with a runny mess thats difficult to apply. So I thought Id share with you a lovely scrub recipe I found on the web and tried and its really easy to make.

You can also tailor this scrub for different needs by using different combinations of essential oils. If you want to attack cellulite at the same time try combinations of Grapefruit, Basil, Juniper, Rosemary, lemon and Peppermint or Cypress.

You will need: 1/2 cup cocoa/shea butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sea salt
25 drops essential oil
2 vitamin E caplets (to preserve)

Firstly melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler or in a large bowl placed over a pot of simmering water. Remove the cocoa butter from the heat as soon as it has completely melted.

While the cocoa butter is melting mix the salt and sugar getting rid of any clumps.

Then whisk thoroughly the essential oils and the melted cocoa butter and add add the liquid from the vitamin E capsules.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients stirring to combine thoroughly.

This scrub can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container and best in a cool and dark place or the fridge.

If you find that the scrub leaves your skin too oily then you can just wash this off with hot soapy water.

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