I’ve made body scrubs before using brown sugar and light vegetable oil, but I was never really satisfied with the results. The scrub was sticky and would clump up when I tried to rub it on my skin. Then I found a recipe in Janice Cox’s book, Natural Beauty All Seasons, which intrigued me. The recipe called for milk along with the usual sugar and oil combination. Here it is:
¼ cup sugar
2 tblsp light vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)
2 tblsp fresh milk
Combine the ingredients. Before you bathe, rub on skin to slough off dry, flaky skin and improve circulation. Rinse off.
I tried the scrub out last weekend and loved it. My skin felt smooth and moisturized after using it. According to Cox’s book, the protein, calcium and vitamins in dairy products make them good cleansers. They also contain lactose, an alpha hydroxy acid that gently sloughs off dead cells.
Plus, the scrub appeals to my eco side because I'm not washing harmful chemical preservatives, which are found in many commercially made products, down the drain into our water system.
So during these dry winter months, whip up this simple, eco-friendly body scrub to keep your skin smooth and soft.
5 days ago