May is upon us in full force and swimwear season is going gang busters. So how can you keep your skin glowing and smooth when dipping into the harsh chlorinated pools, salty sea or baking in the summer sun… easy with a wonderful all natural body scrub made from ingredients found right in your pantry!
One of our favorites is the Coconut Vanilla Skin Soothing Sugar Scrub. It contains coconut oil for moisturizing the skin, aloe vera gel or extract for its skin soothing properties, and raw sugar for a less harsh exfoliate on the skin. The best part is that this scrub is not only natural but it is gentle on the pocket book as well, so you can take your skin care savings and spend it on that swimsuit you have been eyeing!
Sugar & Spice’s Coconut Vanilla Skin Soothing Sugar Scrub
1 part Coconut Oil (for moisturizing)
Several Drops of Aloe Vera Extract or Gel (for skin soothing properties)
Several Drops of Vanilla Extract
Sugar Scrub Mixing Instructions:
Mix oils into the sugar slowly, stirring to keep the consistency smooth, and stop when you can form the mixture into a slightly wet ball without it dripping through your fingers. Add the essential oils or extracts last: they are for fragrance, not moisture, and you'll only need a few drops—maybe eight—to get the aroma strong enough. Once mixed scrub entire body, I like to let it sit on my skin in a steamy shower for about 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. The wonderful aroma will relax you and make you feel as though you are on the beach in a tropical paradise. This scrub will make your skin moist, smooth and ready to enjoy your next fun day in the sun!
Note: Never use "fragrance oils" they are chemical fakes that have never been near a plant and can cause irritation or even allergic symptoms. In its place, make sure to use essential oils, which are the true plant oils expressed by pressing or by steam distillation from the actual plants.