When it comes to skin, all seasons offer unique sets of problems. Whether you have dry skin, suffer from frequent acne outbreaks or any other common skin ailments, these DIY body scrub recipes are here to help.
Many body scrubs on the market are expensive, contain harsh chemicals that can make skin worse, or just don’t work. By contrast, making your own body scrub for healthier, more beautiful skin is easy, cheap, and most contain ingredients that you likely already have in your home. For healthier skin, try one of these incredible homemade body scrubs.
1. DIY Coconut Oil Body Scrub
This incredibly simple but equally incredibly effective DIY body scrub uses only two affordable ingredients which you may already own. The coconut scrub is an excellent exfoliating agent that you can use on your face and body whether you want to get rid of flaky skin or remove your makeup. Takes seconds to prepare and you get smooth skin in just a few minutes.
- Coconut oil. As one of the most nourishing oils out there, coconut oil will help smooth your skin and acts as a binding agent for the sugar.
- Granulated sugar. It will remove all dead skin on your body, leaving your skin soft and clean.
- (Optional) Citrus zest. Adding citrus zest will make your scrub smell even more wonderful but it can also increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to wear sunscreen.
2. DIY Oil-free Body Scrub
Most body scrubs contain oils because they soften the skin, but people with acne or sensitive skin may be better off avoiding them. Luckily there are ways to make a moisturizing all-natural DIY body scrub without using any oils. This oil-free option contains three ingredients that will fit perfectly into your skincare regimen.
- Lemon zest. Lemons are high in vitamin C and act as a natural skin lightening product, reducing hyperpigmentation.
- Granulated sugar. Sugar is a natural exfoliant as well as a humectant. It not only gets rid of any dead skin on the body, but it also attracts moisture into the skin, softening and cleaning it at the same time.
- Liquid glycerin. You can use glycerin to replace the usual oils in body scrubs. It will act as a binding agent but will also form a protective layer over the skin to maintain its natural moisture.
3. DIY Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub
While many essential oils have their own skin benefits, this easy recipe makes use of eucalyptus. It has natural energizing abilities, improves circulation and can relieve joint aches. With just three ingredients, this scrub comes together in just minutes and improves the health and even tone of skin.
- Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is very popular in body scrubs because it’s incredibly hydrating. It also smells amazing and will leave skin softer after just one application.
- Sugar. White granulated sugar will slough away dead skin to give you a healthy, radiant glow. The kind you have in your kitchen is fine.
- Eucalyptus oil. Be sure to use a high-quality essential oil, as this will give you the best benefits. For improving circulation to give dull skin a vibrant radiance, eucalyptus oil simply can’t be beat.
A fan of sugar scrubs? Check out other great sugar scrubs that will help you get rid of flaky skin on your lips and other parts of the body.
4. DIY Coffee Body Scrub
Are you a devotee of the morning cup of coffee? Instead of throwing your used grounds in the trash, why not recycle them as a scrub? It’s very easy to make, and you probably have all the ingredients for this DIY body scrub in your home already. Be sure not to use decaf grounds, as the caffeine in coffee can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, making this a perfect body scrub for legs and thighs.
- Coconut Oil. Using organic, pure coconut oil will ensure that your skin is left incredibly soft and hydrated.
- Sugar. Use white, granulated sugar. It has natural exfoliating properties to rid your body of dead skin cells.
- Coffee Grounds. Use fresh coffee grounds, and be sure they’re caffeinated. There is evidence that high levels of caffeine can help with cellulite.
- Olive Oil. A little olive oil will give your DIY coffee body scrub a lighter consistency, and work with the coconut oil to smooth and hydrate skin.
5. DIY Citrus Green Tea Body Scrub
If the dry, cold winter weather has your skin feeling rough and neglected, this DIY body scrub is perfect. While the technique is a little more involved than some others on this list, it’s worth it. The green tea contains caffeine to help energize your skin and help with cellulite. The citrus and salt draw out toxins, get rid of dead skin and have antimicrobial properties to reduce acne or other blemishes.
- Epsom Salts. With a high magnesium content, Epsom salts help with circulation and joint pain.
- Oil. You can use just about any oil you have in your kitchen, though jojoba, sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil have the best hydrating properties.
- Green Tea. Use a tea bag or loose leaves. The caffeine content will energize skin and stimulate elasticity.
- Lime and Orange Oils. The pleasant scent and antimicrobial properties of these essential oils will make you feel like you’re in a spa and help with blemishes, making this a perfect scrub for the face.
- Citrus Zest. Use the zest of oranges, lemons or limes and benefit from the high level of Vitamin C.
6. DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub
For a skin-softening body scrub that also smells like the holidays, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. The DIY body scrub recipe is very simple, coming together in just minutes, and has a range of oil options for every skin type. It not only smells delicious, but will dissolve dead skin cells and clean pores with its antibacterial properties.
- Raw Sugar. When mixed with standard brown sugar, raw sugar creates a rough-smooth texture that’s perfect for whisking away dead skin without being too abrasive.
- Sea Salt. A good sea salt will help exfoliate skin, and has cleansing properties to get rid of toxins in the pores.
- Raw Honey. Use high-quality raw honey, which has fantastic healing benefits. It’s naturally antibacterial, to further cleanse skin and release built-up dirt in the pores.
- Coconut Oil. You’ll achieve very soft, smooth skin with coconut oil.
- Oil of Choice. Look at the tutorial and decide which carrier oil is best for your skin type!
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Use regular kitchen spices. They will make your scrub smell amazing and the spiciness will stimulate circulation.
Do you like cinnamon? If so, you may also want to check out a cinnamon lip scrub recipe detailed in our article on the best homemade lip scrubs.
7. DIY Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub
In addition to leaving skin soft and deep-cleaning built-up dirt in the pores, the essential oils in this recipe are very calming. Rosemary, lemon and lavender combine for a soothing bath experience that you can make in under five minutes.
- Organic Cane Sugar. While regular white sugar is common in many DIY body scrubs, organic cane sugar has larger granules for a deeper exfoliating experience.
- Olive Oil. This softening oil carries scents well and will give you smoother, more hydrated skin.
- Raw Honey. With less added ingredients and more antibacterial benefits than the standard grocery store honey, raw honey will clean pores and help skin heal from rough exfoliating.
- Dried Rosemary. In addition to helping the sugar exfoliate skin, rosemary has a very calming scent.
- Lemon Oil. The Vitamin C in lemon essential oil helps skin heal, and improves circulation for a radiant glow.
- Lavender Oil. Lavender has a very calming scent, helping to soothe the senses and decrease stress, a leading cause of acne breakouts.
8. DIY Banana Sugar Body Scrub
Bananas are packed full of nutrients, and are also a natural moisturizer. This DIY body scrub will help the appearance of dull skin and leave you feeling soft and hydrated. Check out this simple tutorial for an all-natural body scrub you can make in just a few minutes.
- Shea Butter. Get the good stuff, as shea butter has a ton of Vitamin A for a healthy glow.
- Coconut Butter. With amazing hydrating properties and antimicrobial benefits, you’ll feel soft and clean.
- Apricot Kernel Oil. You may not have heard of this oil before, but it has Vitamins A, C and E for incredibly healthy skin.
- Banana. The potassium in bananas will improve circulation.
- Sugar. This natural exfoliant also helps dissolve skin cells, making them easy to wash away.
For everything from dry skin to cellulite, making your own body scrub can help. With these easy, effective recipes, you can get rid of dry skin, hydrate and smooth your skin’s appearance and even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Do you have a favorite DIY body scrub recipe? Tell us all about it in the comments below!