DIY natural skin care: sugar, salt and cereal

Hot on the heels of our natural beauty fruit and vegetable recipes, here come salt and sugar.  These two aren’t just good for seasoning our food: they are excellent mechanical (grainy texture) and chemical (mineral and acid content) exfoliants for the body.  And for the face, nothing beats oatmeal for a gentle and soothing scrub.

Two salts body scrub

Packed with minerals, gentle yet ruthless on dull skin and very nourishing.  Use weekly for glowing skin – not recommended after shaving your legs though: the salt will sting!

You will need:

  • 1 cup epsom salts
  • 1 cup fine macrobiotic sea salt
  • 250ml sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops of your favourite essential oil(s) if you want the scrub scented (rose/mandarine, sandalwood/orange, peppermint, lemon/lime are some of our go-to combinations).

What to do:

  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Apply to damp skin in the shower or bath.
  • Rinse off and pat dry.  You won’t need to moisturise as the oil will provide enough nourishment to the skin, even after towelling off.

Remember: you can substitute any oil to sweet almond (apricot kernel, macadamia, olive oil, coconut oil, even rice bran oil!  All will work fine).

Sugar and bicarb soda body scrub

The sugar and bicarb soda will lift dead cells right off the skin, and leave it baby smooth.  The oil makes this wonderful scrub very nourishing: no moisturiser needed afterwards!

You will need:

  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup bicarb soda
  • 200 ml olive oil (more or less depending on personal preference)

What to do:

  • Mix the sugar and bicarb soda well into a bowl, taking care not to leave lumps.
  • Add the oil, taking care not to get any water inside the mix, as this will melt the sugar and lessen the scrub’s effectiveness.
  • Apply to damp skin in the shower or bath.
  • Rinse off and pat dry.

Substituting virgin cold-pressed coconut oil to olive oil makes this scrub even more heavenly, leaving a lingering nutty scent on the skin.

Oatmeal gentle face scrub

Breakfast oats aren’t just for breakfast!  They can be used as a time-tested, soothing and effective facial scrub.  Oats deep-cleanse gently and smooth the skin, making them ideal to use before a mask.

You will need:

What to do:

Consider the size of the grains of oats before starting: do they look too big, do they feel too rough?  If so, break them down with a mortar and pestle, or put them in a coffee grinder for a few seconds (you don’t want to grind them down to a powder!).

  • Mix the oats with warm water or warm milk.
  • Apply to face, avoiding the delicate area around the eyes.
  • Leave for at least 10 mn, then remove with cotton pads (taking care to dispose of the oat mixture in the bin – it is too thick and might clog your plumbing!)
  • Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and moisturise as needed.

Remember: this is a basic recipe that you can add to very easily.  You can add a small amount of bicarb soda for extra exfoliating punch, or honey for a more nourishing treatment, a little yoghurt or kefir for smoother skin, or olive/coconut oil to skip the moisturiser afterwards.

More natural beauty tips can be found here and here, and more are to come too!

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