The weather has been so cold in SF lately, and my skin is definitely seeing the effects of it. Even with extra lotion, my elbows and knees have been feeling very dry, and sometimes (gasp!) even a little flaky. Moisturizing body scrubs are the perfect remedy, but I find that bath related products are the lone beauty product I can just never bring myself to indulge in. Since I don’t use them as often, they typically sit around in my bathroom, looking pretty (but taking up space), so I much prefer to make them on my own whenever I think about it!
And that’s how I found myself whipping up this super simple sea salt and sugar body scrub on Saturday afternoon. You can easily make this with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Just a little bit of sea salt and sugar (if you don’t have turbinado or demarara sugar, you can try substituting brown sugar — it’ll just dissolve on you faster!), olive oil, and honey. To spice things up a bit, I also added some essential oils for a bright, citrusy kick. The tiny essential oil vials are readily available at my local Whole Foods; if you can’t find them at yours, check stores like GNC too.
After the scrub is mixed together, I like to sit in the tub with the water running, and rub a dub dub from head to toe (if you have a bath partner — ooh la la! — get them to scrub your back too). The salt and sugar do such a great job of exfoliating, the honey softens the skin, and the oil moisturizes. Afterwards, I just rinse off in the shower with no soap, and I’m perfectly smooth and moisturized. It’s pretty fantastic! Here’s the recipe: