I’ve never been one to care about beauty. I don’t wear makeup very often and if I had to do a cat eye I’d probably lose my eyeball in the process. Makeup and beauty products just aren’t my thing. I can appreciate others dedication and I love seeing over the top beautiful makeup (especially around Halloween).
Now that my age is… well, I’m not going to tell you my age, but I will say I’m older than I was- I’ve noticed my skin for really what must be the first time. These holes in my face.. are these those “pores” I’ve heard people talking about? And what the hell is inside them? Ew! Are they supposed to be this size? And so many? I don’t even know. But I do know it’s time to start the “anti-aging” process because, well I’m starting to think I’m a little behind.
So I found myself hours into researching online about my skin and trying to make it smoother, softer and clear out these stupid pores that I swear weren’t there last week. My answer was simple: EXFOLIATE. Now how?
Body scrub. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. And knowing me, you already know that instead of buying overpriced products from high end makeup stores is just not going to happen. I gotta make it myself and know exactly what’s going in and on my body. So after as I said, HOURS of research here’s my recipe for body scrub that I’ve concocted after picking bits and pieces from others available.
2 Tbsp Olive oil or coconut oil
(I was really skeptical of putting OIL on my face, but olive oil has been used for its antioxidant and cleansing properties since ancient Egyptian times, as it penetrates and cleanses pores as well as fighting bacteria and moisturizing. Coconut oil is also a good choice as it is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal, along with it’s moisturizing properties. Besides, I know every one of us jumped on that bandwagon last year, buying tons of the stuff because it became “trendy” and now we stare at our jars like “Wtf am I supposed to do now?”
2 Tbsp Lemon and Lime Juice
Fresh is always best, but feel free to grab the natural little squeeze bottles you have in your fridge if you don’t feel like going to the store. Lemons and limes are known for their cleansing properties as well as a nice treatment for acne, scars and some say it helps with wrinkles as well since it tightens the skin. Plus, the smell makes me think of margaritas and tequila, but you know, maybe you’d call it an invigorating, summer-y feeling. To each their own.
2 Tbsp Salt
Any salt will do, but I prefer table salt for my face scrub which is what I made today. Table salt is not as coarse for when I massage my face, hands and body. I prefer Sea Salt for foot scrubs because it’s very coarse and my feet can handle it and need it more.
That’s literally it! Just mix it up in a bowl and seal in airtight containers. It could not get easier. If you want to give these out as homemade gifts for the holidays or as party favors, put them in baby jars or 4 oz mason jars and paint it up! Add a ribbon and voila! You could also print cute address labels to stick on if you’re not too crafty. I made this batch for personal home use, so there’s no cuteness happening here today. Sorry Charlie. I just want a smooth clean face and silky smooth legs.
Keep in mind you when using body scrubs, massage in a gentle, circular motion. I love to use a gentle face wash after exfoliating my face, since it can go deeper into my now-unblocked pores. Using this before shaving your legs will absolutely change your life. I’m not kidding.