Summer Skin Care On A College Budget: Homemade Body Exfoliators

Beach season is almost here which means it’s time to wipe away all those dead skin flakes and get your legs silky smooth for the summer. While there is a plethora of body scrubs and exfoliators available at your local skincare and beauty store, if you’re a bit strapped for cash you can make your own scrub by using simple ingredients found in your pantry: white refined sugar, brown sugar, olive oil, vanilla extract and honey. A bottle of your favorite, unscented “inexpensive” lotion is also needed.

While the frequency for using these scrubs listed below will vary on the severity of your dry skin, it’s recommended to apply them to your wet skin at least once a week until your legs return back to their supple state. Remember to scrub before you shave and slather your legs with a hydrating lotion post exfoliation to keep your legs moisturized.

Simple White Sugar Scrub: This recipe is for those who are really on a “college-budget” since it only requires two on-hand ingredients: sugar and body lotion. This scrub is so coarse (yet effective) that it works great on the rough patches of your feet soles and can help with calluses too. It can get a little messy, so make sure to apply with a towel under your feet or directly in the shower/bath tub.

For this scrub you need:

  • ¼ cup of white refined sugar
  • ½ cup of body lotion, preferably one with aloe or other skin healing ingredients

Directions: Mix the two ingredients into a bowl with a spoon until it creates a thick paste. Grab the paste with your fingers and rub it on your legs, concentrating on the dry areas. Make sure to rub it in a circular motion which, in addition to the alpha hydroxy acids in the sugar, will help circulate blood. This can contribute to healthy glowing skin as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite. Rinse your skin with lukewarm water and pat towel dry.

Brown Sugar and Vanilla Scrub: Experts say that brown sugar-based scrubs are superior to white sugar body scrubs because a) sugar grains are coarser so can really do work and scrub away dry skin cells b) it has underlying aromatherapy benefits and c) it also serves as an antibacterial. So if you have a little bit more cash to spare, this recipe is definitely the way to go.

For this scrub you need:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a bowl except the vanilla extract. Make a paste. If the mixture is a tad bit too runny, add some more brown sugar until the consistency is of your liking. Then add the vanilla extract. While the olive oil is what helps moisturize your skin, the vanilla extract (which is used as an essential oil in this recipe) helps mask the smell of the olive oil. Slather the paste on your skin, again working it in using a circular motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Viola! You now have beautiful, beach ready legs 🙂

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Today’s guest blogger Nadia Jones blogs at accredited online colleges on education, college, student, teacher, money saving, wellness, and movie related topics.

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Note: This post has been reviewed and edited by mySkin. All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased based on your skin profile.

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