{Natural DIY} Homemade & natural SALT SCRUB

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I love treating my face, and using a scrub is a treat! Scrubbing your face with the right product will leave it feeling soft and youthful, beautiful and glowing. Unlike a regular cleanser, a scrub not only cleanses but also gets rid of old skin, making way for new skin cells. The benefits of scrubbing cannot be disputed - you remove dead skin, sort out fine lines, allow your skin to breathe, leaving it refreshed, young, and supple. I try to scrub at least twice a week, and because I would rather scrub more often than not, I use a very mild scrub. I make this scrub myself, and as with all of my other DIY products, I love making it myself because it allows me to tweak the product to suit me 100%.

I have normal skin, but am prone to eczema when my body is out of balance. I also get my fair share of sun exposure (I don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis, only when I know I am going to be in the sun for a long period of time) and sometimes get pimples or other blemishes. When I make my scrub, I try to compensate for all of these factors by using ingredients that will support and heal my skin. Show me a product on the shelf that can do that - meet my personal requirements by ticking all of the boxes.

Natural salt face scrub

When deciding which scrub to make, I considered a few things - cost, frequency, shelf-life, and ease of use. Because it is a natural DIY product with no commercial preservatives, I make it in small quantities. I decided on salt as the abrasive ingredient because I liked how fine it scrubbed, giving me soft and even skin when done. In the past I used sugar scrubs, but making my own felt too coarse and harsh. Also, the salt gave even more antibacterial properties, perfect to help fight my eczema.

The ingredients:

Salt

Normal fine sea salt works perfectly fine. Very cheap, with no taste other than saltiness. I use the finest salt I can find, to ensure it is gentle and effective. Salt also helps to preserve the scrub, giving it a shelf life of about a month.

Essential oils

These oils are potent, even in small quantities. Each oil has its own properties and benefits, and can be combined to give you the best results. Whether you have dry/oily/sensitive/combination skin, there are oils that you can use. For my skin, I focus on oils that keep me moisturised, renew my skin’s elasticity, and combat fine lines and wrinkles (time is definitely not standing still).

Olive oil

Olive oil is packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene, making it superb for hair, skin, and nails. Whether applied to face or body, olive oil will penetrate deep into the skin and provide a long-lasting shield of moisture to keep skin smooth and supple. After scrubbing, my face is so soft and moisturised that I can skip using my face oil.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil can block free radicals and replenish lipids which helps slow down the skin's aging process. The ingredient may also help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and keep skin looking youthful.

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Deciding to change your beauty routine, especially your skin care regime, to be more natural and then on top of that going the DIY route, can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Play around, take a few calculated risks, and I am sure you will find something that not only works for you but makes your skin look and feels like it is 10 years younger.

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