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Need A Quick Fix For Dry Skin? Make This Simple Scrub

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Several years ago, I wrote a post about the wonders of Epsom salt, and I do mean wonders! I couldn’t believe how many benefits were associated with this particular mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. From a therapeutic bath soak to fertilizing your garden, this is a “salt” that no home should be without.

Read More: The Wonders of Ordinary Epsom Salt

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What Is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral called epsomite, made of magnesium sulfate. The magnesium content of Epsom salt makes it an appealing ingredient for a homemade body scrub, because magnesium can help balance energy levels, mood, insulin levels, and even blood pressure. And we can use all the magnesium we can get, since most people in the US and Europe are actually deficient in magnesium.

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Why Epsom Salt Makes A Great Exfoliant

Topical application of magnesium can do wonders for skin. Unlike other salts, Epsom salt‘s magnesium content counteracts the drying effects of sodium and promotes skin hydration. Its large crystals make it a more powerful exfoliator in a body scrub compared with sugar, which makes it particularly useful on areas where your skin is thicker (like on your heels or other callused areas).

By combining the moisturizing and exfoliating effects of Epsom salt with the nourishing fatty acids in coconut oil, you can make a great body scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. The addition of a bit of lavender essential oil can help soothe sensitive skin too. Give it a try—I think you’ll love this scrub as much as I do.

Read More: My Favorite Health And Beauty Tricks Using Coconut Oil

How To Make A Coconut Oil Body Scrub

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Ingredients:

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Directions:

Add coconut oil and Epsom salt to a small bowl along with the lavender essential oil (or whichever essential oil you prefer). Mix with a spoon until well combined.

Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid until ready to use.

Note: The coconut oil in this scrub can leave a slippery residue on the bottom of your shower if you’re not careful, so make sure to rinse your shower/tub thoroughly after using it. You can also keep the oil from building up by using my homemade daily shower cleaner.

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Epsom Salt Alternatives

As wonderful as Epsom salt is, it is a strong, coarse exfoliant. If you have frail, thin, or highly sensitive skin, you may want to try a gentler exfoliant instead. Brown sugar is the least abrasive option, as the crystals are smaller and create a more gentle cleanser.

Coconut Oil Alternatives

If you are allergic to coconut oil or don’t like the scent, many other carrier oils would work well in this scrub too, including almond oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil.

Do you have a favorite body scrub you use at home?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • How long will this last? I’m trying to get Christmas gifts done early this year so that I can focus on baking and parties during December. Would this still look/smell/work great six months later?

  • Made this for a gift. To me, it was too much coconut oil and not enough epsom salt. I added extra salt and sea salt. Overall good basic recipe, but need to adjust to personal preference.

    • Frankincense is also a miracle oil for your skin! Just make sure to not use citrus oils since they can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sunlight!

    • Rose geranium is excellent for skin, as is chamomile (they can both reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks too)…rose hip and vitamin e oils are excellent to add to facial scrubs, as they battle wrinkles.

      Don’t use citrus oils, as they can dye your skin yellow/orange when exposed to sunlight.

      I find sugar and salt too harsh to scrub my face with, so I use powdered icing sugar instead…and swap out the coconut oil with grapeseed oil, since it’s a smaller oil molecule and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy at all.

    • Essential oils have lots of uses and each their own effect. For invigorating “wake up” recipes like a morning shower, I use citrus. My absolute favourite is wild orange.
      Lavender is used to relax. Pre-sleep in particular. Rosemary is good for mood. Eucalyptus is great for sinus and lung clearing.
      Melaleuca has a myriad of uses. (Tea Tree)
      If you have nothing special in mind, please your senses.
      Mix them also, I enjoy sweet orange with clove, or lemongrass with peppermint.
      Please yourself.
      Wishing you a wonderful day.

    • I have found that coconut oil is actually a migraine trigger for me. Is there a similar oil I can use to substitute in these types of recipes?

  • I prefer a body scrub that lathers but I can’t find a recipe for one. Any suggestions? The one that I buy is $36 for 12 oz and I add extra sugar because it isn’t abrasive enough for me. I’ve tried melting Dove soap and using liquid castile soap but the ratio of oil to soap to exfoliant is just plain off. Help please

    • If I wanted to add bubbles to the scrub I would grate goats milk soap into the mix .
      I myself prefer to use the scrub first and wash off using the goats milk soap .
      I have no idea how this would work , but adding soap should not be difficult . You might want to warm up the oil and soap blend well and when at room temperature add Epson salt or Himalayan rock salt.
      JMHO ☺

    • Grate a bar of your favorite soap (Dove is just fine!), and add a little bit at a time to this recipe until you have the lather you’re looking for. :-)

  • Is all the rage on apple cider vinegar helping burn belly fat true? Are there some healthy benefits to drinking it? What are some good ways of camouflaging the nasty flavor? Thank you!!!

  • This sounds wonderful! I’m having quite a battle with eczema. How should this affect my gross skin condition?

    As always, thank you very much, Jillee.

    • Definitely add chamomile, lavender, rose, rose geranium, rose hip, VITAMIN D and vitamin e in any combination for eczema.

      The vitamin d is in caps because it’s the only thing that really works on clearing up my nail psoriasis, i just pierce a capsule and squeeze the oil out…now i just have to work out a way to treat my scalp psoriasis without looking like a total grease ball. I use approx one drop per fingernail size, and get about three treatments for my fingernails per capsule.

      If the salt is too harsh swap out for powdered icing sugar.

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