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10 DIY Body Scrubs To Keep You Smooth All Summer Long!

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I’ve told you all before: I love DIYs. The satisfaction it gives me to make something from scratch is unparalleled. I prefer making masks for my skin and hair whenever I have time to spare rather than relying on store-bought products. At least I know what’s going on my skin and hair. Since the hot and sultry season is upon us, I can’t help but douse myself in sunscreen. But that’s not enough skincare. Exfoliating skin becomes even more important in summer, and I prefer using natural exfoliators that one can easily fix up in the kitchen. And I’ve found some amazing recipes for DIY body scrubs that you can easily make at home for an impromptu spa session!

Once you’ve made them, be sure you store your DIY body scrubs in airtight containers and refrigerate them. As no preservatives are used in their preparation, they’re safe to use for up to a week. It is advisable to make them in small quantities so that you don’t have to waste any of it.

 

1. Lemon Sugar Scrub

Nothing spells summer like the citrusy smell of lemon. It is seriously invigorating and puts you in an upbeat mood instantly.

Ingredients:
* 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
* ¼ cup coconut oil (or any oil of your choice)
* 1 lemon

Pour coconut oil and the granulated sugar in a bowl and mix it together. Set it aside. Use a small grater to zest the rind of the lemon. Cut the lemon in half and remove the seeds, then squeeze out the juice in the bowl. Mix everything thoroughly. Add more sugar if your mixture is too watery.

 

2. Coconut Fig Scrub

One of the biggest problems in summer is dehydration. Figs are enriched with Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help to hydrate your skin and also slow down signs of aging.

Ingredients:
* 2 figs
* 1 lime
* 1 cup shredded coconut
* 1 cup coconut oil

Chop the figs into quarters and toss them in a mixing bowl. You can cut the skin off or leave it as is. Use a grater to zest the lemon rind, then smash it along with the figs with a muddler. Add shredded coconut and coconut oil and mix well.

 

3. Cantaloupe Kiwi Salt Scrub

Salt is a good exfoliator while cantaloupe (or muskmelon) is super hydrating. The two of these combined with the vitamin C-enriched kiwi make for a scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft and looking glowing.

Ingredients:
* ½ cup cantaloupe
* 1½ cup kiwi
* ⅓ cup salt
* ⅓ cup grapeseed oil

Cut the cantaloupe and kiwi into small pieces and muddle them together in a mixing bowl. Add salt and grapeseed oil and stir slowly to mix everything well. The grapeseed oil helps hold everything together, besides being a good natural moisturiser.

 

4. Banana Coffee Scrub

Coffee lovers, rejoice! This is one scrub you’re going to love. Your daily latte is also a great exfoliator. Bananas are great for fighting acne and protect against free radicals.

Ingredients:
* 2 bananas
* ⅔ cup ground coffee
* ½ cup coconut oil

Chop the bananas into pieces and muddle it in a mixing bowl. Add the ground coffee and coconut and stir everything together.

 

5. Grapefruit Honey Sugar Scrub

Grapefruit is a natural brightener while raw honey aids in clearing acne. Brown sugar helps in gently exfoliating dead skin. Say hello to cleaner, brighter, softer skin.

Ingredients:
* ⅔ cup raw honey
* ⅔ cup brown sugar
* ½ grapefruit

Mix honey and brown sugar together. Squeeze the juice of half a grapefruit and add it to the honey and brown sugar mix. Blend everything together for naturally bright, toned skin.

 

6. Pineapple Mango Brown Sugar Scrub

Somehow I can’t imagine summer without mangoes. The two go hand-in-hand. And honestly, mangoes make summer so much more bearable! The delicious fruit along with pineapple has enzymes that aid in brightening and tightening skin.

Ingredients:
* ½ cup mango
* ½ cup pineapple
* ½ cup brown sugar

Cut the pineapple and mango into fine pieces and add them into a mixing bowl along with brown sugar. Use a muddler to mash everything together.

 

7. Green Tea Sugar Scrub

We all know how beneficial green tea is for our health. While sipping on it helps your system from within, there’s no in harm reaping some of those benefits in the form of a body scrub.

Ingredients:
* 1 ½ cup sugar
* 2 tsp green tea powder
* 2 green tea bags
* 1 cup coconut oil

Cut open the green tea bags and empty the contents into a bowl. Add sugar and green tea powder and mix all the ingredients together. Slowly add the coconut oil and keep stirring until all the ingredients are covered in oil.

 

8. Almond Cocoa Scrub

Almonds make for a kickass exfoliator while also moisturising the skin. Coconut oil and coconut flakes give this scrub a powerful boost of omega-3 fatty acids, adding antibacterial and moisturising benefits.

Ingredients:
* ½ cup almonds
* 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
* ½ cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon coconut flakes, unsweetened
* ½ cup coconut oil

Grind the almonds in a food processor and toss them in a mixing bowl with all the dry ingredients. Pour the coconut oil over this mixture and stir thoroughly so that everything gets saturated.

 

9. Coffee Mint Scrub

Mint always has an invigorating effect. It helps sanitize the skin and also refreshes your senses. Coffee sloughs away dead skin and also helps in relieving swelling and inflammation.

Ingredients:
* ½ cup ground coffee
* 2 tablespoons mint leaves
* ½ cup sugar
* ½ cup coconut oil

Pluck the mint leaves from the stalks and use a muddler to crush them. Mix them with ground coffee and sugar in a bowl. Add coconut oil to the mixture and blend well.

 

10. Lemon Poppy Seed Scrub

Lemon brightens the skin and is an instant mood lifter while poppy seeds gently exfoliate skin.

Ingredients:
* 1 lemon
* 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* ½ cup coconut oil

Use a grater to zest the rind of the lemon. Add it to the bowl with poppy seeds, sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour oil over this mixture and mix everything up thoroughly.

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