Salt and sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin. However, sugar, unlike salt, produces glycolic acid. Glycolic acid, like the alpha hydroxy acid found in many expensive beauty products, offers positive cosmetic results and is reported to improve dry, thickened, sun-damaged and problem-prone skin. It also reduces inflammation, promotes earlier removal of dry skin scales, and optimizes moisture retention.
Moisturizing Body Scrub
Recipe compliments of Spa Index.
1/2 cup liquid glycerin
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 to 3 cups sugar or salt (white sugar, brown sugar, or table salt)
1 teaspoon solid coconut butter or solid coconut oil
6 drops of essential oil of your choice, or combine several (not to exceed 6 drops)
Combine glycerin, water, and one cup of sugar or table salt until the salt/sugar has mostly dissolved.
Add the remainder of the sugar/salt until you have a rather pasty mixture, at a consistency you prefer.
Meanwhile, melt the coconut butter or oil in a small container, in your microwave. MELT, but do not overheat.
Stir the melted coconut oil into your sugar mixture, and stir well. Last, add the six drops of essential oils of your choice, stirring to blend.
Melt and add more coconut butter or oil to reach your desired consistency.
Transfer your mixture to an airtight container or jar, and cool until slightly thickened. Use as an after shower or after bath moisturizing body scrub.