There's nothing quite like a homemade body scrub. Sure, you can fork out for those fancy exfoliants (and there's nothing wrong with that either), but there's something satisfying about putting a handmade potion on yourself that works wonders, whether that's helping circulation or just exfoliating the body before you fake tan. We're not the only ones, as Pinterest has just revealed that repins of homemade body scrubs are up by 150%.
When we spoke to Lyudmyla Nagirnyak, the spa manager at K West Spa in London, about how to exfoliate properly, she gave us an incredible tip for a homemade scrub. Not only is it genius, but it also only requires two ingredients—ones which we already had in our kitchens, and you probably will too. She also advised on how to use it properly with some invaluable aftercare tips. Keep scrolling for this simple guide, plus the homemade scrubs we love on Pinterest right now.
Nagirnyak says that the same principles for exfoliating your face apply to the body, except you can be tougher below the neck. To create a decent scrub at home, "[mix] a fine mineral sea salt with an oil: olive, almond or coconut will do." Yes, it really is that simple.
All you need to do is dampen your skin in the shower, and apply the homemade scrub for two to three minutes in circular motions. She does warn that you'll want to watch out that you don't overdo it, as you don't want to irritate your skin. An important note: "Redness is not a bad sign; it's a sign [that you are] improving the circulation," she says. So just listen to your body; if you think it's reacting poorly, stop.
Once you're out of the shower, Nagirnyak stresses the importance of moisturising the skin. Again, she recommends any type of oil, such as coconut, but to watch out for skin type, as dry-skinned people can take a much richer moisturiser. If you have oily skin, she suggests a lighter cream. (We love Vichy's Ideal Body Serum Milk, £16.) If you're using this on holiday, make sure you apply an SPF before going in the sun, as skin that has just been exfoliated is more sensitive to UV rays.