Weekend Beauty 101: Lemon Body Scrub

I’m baaackkkk….

After an extended hiatus, this beauty blogger is back in action. Tune in on Saturdays for the latest natural and cruelty-free DIY beauty solutions made with ingredients that are already in your pantry or fridge. Ah yes, convenience at its finest.

Just in time for summer, I’ve whipped up a lemon foot body scrub. My original intention was to create an exfoliating foot scrub so I can be a show off in my flip flops – pretty much everyone’s summer footwear uniform.

Upon concocting this mixture of lemony goodness, I realized that I could possibly be doing myself (and you) a disservice. Why stop at feet? Behold… full body exfoliant!

Of course, I’m not just going to lather my body with sticky lemon if there was no benefit. So, as always, I did my research so you don’t have to.

Now, I have my fair share (or as I’d like to think… unfair share) of facial skin problems. However, when it comes to my body, I’m usually in the clear. During the often way-too-hott-to-function summer days of Florida, my skin tends to become very dry.

Luckily for me, lemons are extremely beneficial to the skin when used externally. A few vitamins and minerals that we can thank for that are: vitamin C, the B vitamin complex and phosphorus. The high acidity level makes lemons work well as a skin toner that kills off bacteria on the surface of the skin.

That said, let’s get started shall we?

Materials: Lemon, ½ cup sugar, 2 ½ tbsp., olive oil, spoon, knife or dairy-free cheese grater, mixing bowl, storage container.

  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Pour sugar into mixing bowl.
  3. Add oil.
  4. Squeeze in entire lemon
  5. Shave lemon peel (as desired) into mixing bowl. A cheese grater would probably be ideal. A knife did the trick for me.
  6. Pour into a tin or jar for safe keeping.
  7. Mix!
  8. Tie on a pretty bow and it makes a perfect homemade gift. How do you like that for a 2-in-1 DIY?

Use:

Hop in the shower and do your thing. Ponder the purpose of life, have a mental debate about if Pluto should still be a planet or not, jam out to Jack Johnson – or you can wash your hair if you’re into that kind of thing.

After your routine, go ahead and turn off the water. Lather your entire body (except the face) with the lemon scrub. Brace yourself – your bathroom is about to smell REAL nice. Chill for about five minutes so the sugar crystals can dissolve. Give yourself an extra rub down and rinse.

I felt it necessary to cleanse my body with body wash after the scrub. That’s totally up to you.

I absolutely loved the way the scrub made my skin feel while in the shower. After toweling off my skin was still soft. It felt great to know that all the dead skin cells were swept away! You can even try it with limes, oranges or grapefruit.

Keep in mind that, just like peanut butter, there will be some natural oil separation so give it a little mix before each use.

There literally are no cons when it comes to this scrub. Super easy, only four ingredients, practically free, smells awesome and makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift!I’m still taking requests! So if there’s something you’re a little skeptic about and want to try — let me know in a comment. I love testing new things no matter how bizarre it might seem. If you tried this scrub and liked it, let us know!

Disclaimer: Lemons can be irritating on sensitive skin, and can sometimes cause the skin to become red and inflamed. If you have naturally sensitive skin, avoid applying lemons or lemon juice to your skin for long periods of time. If you experience a skin reaction after applying lemons to your skin, discontinue use and seek the advice of a dermatologist AKA don’t blame us.

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5 Responses to Weekend Beauty 101: Lemon Body Scrub

  1. Great DIY scrub recipe! You should share your tips on http://Bellashoot.com – a great way to reach beauty lovers!

  2. Earline Fry says:

    People who use oatmeal as a natural face scrub swear by it, and now I know why. Ground oatmeal not only serves as a wonderful exfoliant, but it also absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while leaving your skin nourished and hydrated. It has been known to soothe and heal everything from acne to sunburn to dry, flaky skin. Given its gentle nature, it is also ideal for those with sensitive skin. Combine 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, which boosts the face treatment’s exfoliating properties, and 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil to make it into a paste. Gently rub it onto you skin in circular motions, let sit for five to 10 minutes and rinse.

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