Let’s get our skin ready for spring! After a winter of cold dry air, and varying layers of different kinds of fabrics that kept our skin hidden from the outdoors, the change in season invites us to pay closer attention to our skin refresh, and support its innate capacity to restore and rebalance. After all, we all want healthy glowing skin for spring.
One of the best things we can do to help refresh and rejuvenate our skin is to use exfoliants. Salt scrubs are a great example of a simple exfoliant that literally scrubs off rough, dry, dead skin cells revealing newer healthier skin cells that are formed in the deeper layers of our skin.
By vigorously scrubbing our skin with an exfoliant like salt we can naturally promote more vibrant looking skin. Plus, the simple action of rubbing the salt on our skin, also stimulates our blood flow, which makes our skin glow.
Salt scrubs are an easy DIY product you can make at home, and reap immediate and noticeable skin benefits. The minerals from the salts, combined with the therapeutic properties of the carrier oils and essential oils that make up the scrub, feed our skin potent nutrients that can transform our skin’s health and appearance in just a few minutes.
Get ready to show healthier looking skin this spring! Here how to make a salt scrub with essential oils so your skin can be ready to look and feel its best.
Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils to use in your DIY Salt Scrub for Spring Skin
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata):
Steam distilled from the resin of a craggy ancient tree found growing in India. This species smells different from the Frankincense we may be more familiar with that is from Oman and Somalia, but it shares many similar healing benefits. Calming to the nervous system, soothing to skin, inflammation, bathing in Frankincense can offer an experience of deep calm and relaxation while supporting the health and well-being of the skin.
Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens):
Steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this large herbaceous bush that is native to warmer climates. Its floral grass-like aroma relaxes the nervous system and helps re-balances our skin. Loaded with molecules that are both calming and antimicrobial, Geranium essential oil has the unique ability to simultaneously draw out and let go of what our body no longer needs, and help it to recalibrate and restore.
Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis):
Essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the sweet orange and its bright uplifting citrusy scent makes us feel refreshed and energized. The molecules that make up this essential oil are deeply cleansing, stimulating and restorative.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia):
Steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavender herbaceous bush. There have been countless studies over many years showing how Lavender reduces stress levels, soothes muscle aches and pain, and offers the experience of deep relaxation. But another unique therapeutic benefit is Lavender’s ability to cleanse and detox our body and our mind, by helping us let go of things that are no longer helping us.
Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi):
Cold pressed from the peel of Grapefruits and it has a light refresh and uplifting aroma that encourages movement, brightness and clarity. It is a wonderful oil to use when we are looking to release and let go, start anew and regroup and refresh. It’s uplifting, revitalizing and clearing.
Read below for How to Make DIY Salt Scrub for Spring Skin:
Makes one 4 oz jar of salt scrub, that is good for 2 full body scrubs
What you’ll need:
- Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
- A small mixing bowl
- Small metal spoon, or wooden popsicle stick for stirring
- 1 empty glass 4 oz jar
- Blank Labels
- Parchment Paper
- Paper towel
- ½ cup of Bath Salts. You can use Epsom salts, Celtic sea salts, dead sea salts or himalayan pink salts.
- ¼ cup of Marula Oil
- 7 drops of Grapefruit Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Root Oil
- 7 drops of Lavender Oil
- 8 drops of Orange Oil
- 3 drops of Geranium Oil
- Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Set out all blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
- Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
- Using your measuring cups and spoons, measure out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or small bowl. Place the essential oils close by.
- Pour your ½ cup of bath salts into a small mixing bowl.
- Next, measure out your Marula Carrier Oil
- Next, add your essential oil drops (as listed above) into your Marula Oil and mix them together well.
- Slowly pour your blended Marula Oil and essential oils into the bowl that has ½ cup of bath salts, and mix thoroughly.
- Once everything is well combined, carefully spoon the mixture into your empty glass jar and cap tightly
- Make up a name for your bath salt, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach to the jar.
- Use half the jar per bath.
How to take an aromatic bath:
To reap the most benefits from your DIY spring skin salt scrub recipe, make sure to follow our recommendations below.
If you plan to use the salt scrub in the bath the first thing to do is run the bath water until you get the desired temperature. Plug the drain, and let the bath fill to the point where you are almost ready to get it. But before you actually step into the water, take 1 TBSP of the scrub and swish around, helping to dissolve the salts. Next, slide into the tub and close your eyes! And let the relaxing aromas and the mineral packed slats do their job in relaxing your body and mind.
Next after soaking for about 5 minutes, scoop out another 1 TBSP and start vigorously scrubbing your legs, hips and arms, chest, and belly area, and then soak in the tub for another 5 minutes
Try sitting in silence, avoid looking at your devices, or any screens, dim the lights and get as much of your body under the water as possible.
Salt Scrubs are recommended twice a week for use in the evening, before going to sleep, as they can have a powerful effect on soothing the nervous system and can work intensely to help draw out toxins, while helping the body and mind prepare to rest.
After stepping out of the bath and drying off, we suggest massaging your entire body with Argan Oil to help the skin recalibrate after exfoliation.
We also recommend drinking at least 8 oz of water after your salt scrub, as your body will need replenishment after it has released so many toxins.
One word of warning: Never use this scrub on your face! Salt is never recommended for exfoliating the face.
Enjoy your scrub and let us know how fresh and rejuvenated you feel!