Body scrubs are good to combat aging because they can rid the skin of old, dead skin cells which helps to stimulate the production of new, more youthful skin.
Body scrubs need to contain two basic ingredients: an exfoliator and a hydrating agent. Below are some of my favorite simple recipes for making body scrubs in the comfort of your own home.
My personal favorite is the scrub with walnuts, milk and honey!
Salt & Almonds: Good for exfoliating dry skin, but not the best scrub for those with sensitive skin.
- 1 cup of sea salt
- ½ cup of almond oil
Coffee & Yogurt: This scrub is really good for cellulite because the caffeine in the coffee grounds helps to stimulate your circulation. One of the factors that causes cellulite is the retention of water, so when you stimulate the skin with the coffee, it helps to drain excess fluid, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- ½ cup yogurt (plain, full-fat)
Walnuts & Honey: This recipe is less irritating to the skin than the salt scrub. It is ideal for people with sensitive skin. The milk and the honey add hydrating nutrients.
- 1 cup of walnuts (ground)
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 3 tablespoons of milk
How to apply a body scrub
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Start off with skin that is slightly damp – a shower is an ideal place for applying a body scrub.
- Then using your fingers, massage the scrub into your skin with slow, circular movements.
- Rinse off the scrub.
- It is important you hydrate the skin right afterwards because the scrub can make the skin very dry. I recommend the Aurora DeJuliis’ Shea Butter Body Lotion.
- After a scrub, the moisturizer will be able to reach into skin more effectively because the old, dead cells are gone after the exfoliating process.
- Body scrubs should be applied no more than once a week. It is also a good idea to alternate between types of body scrubs each week.
Love your skin.
Dr. Aurora DeJuliis