I don’t talk a lot about beauty products here because, quite honestly, it just isn’t my thing. I don’t wear makeup. I’m the queen of air-dried hair. I don’t even paint my nails anymore (although this is more a causality of my in-the-dirt lifestyle than a lack of desire—I love sparkly nails!). I used to love beauty products. I loved putting on makeup and wearing smelly-good lotions. But sometime in college, I developed a pretty nasty eye allergy to almost all makeup (I’ve only found one mascara that doesn’t make my eyes swell up, and it was discontinued years ago). So I stopped wearing makeup. And slowly, other products kinda trickled out of my life, too. At first, I was bummed, but now, I totally love my low-maintenance lifestyle. Give me some lip balm and my sunglasses and I’m ready to head out the door.
When I do find myself needing some sort of beauty item, I almost always try to make it myself before buying something. I’ve made my own powder makeup, deodorant, lotion, face masks, and even Craig’s shaving cream. I like knowing exactly what is in the stuff I’m slathering on the biggest organ in my body. Plus, it’s fun to make it yourself! And extremely cost-effective.
So when I started to notice that my skin wasn’t quite enjoying my always-outdoors lifestyle as much as I was, I decided to whip up a quick little moisturizing exfoliator in the kitchen. I’ve never had issues with dry skin in the summer before, but the sun, wind and chlorine from the pool are causing all kinds of not-so-smoothness (especially on my legs) this year, and I figured a little sea salt scrub might do the trick.
I think the key to making a perfect-for-you scrub is figuring out the right ratio of exfoliant (here, I use salt, but sugar works well, too) to oil. If you have extremely dry skin, you might want to try upping the oil a bit. Skin on the greasy side? Try a little less. My ratio here is just a touch on the oily side, and it has been working beautifully on my dry skin patches. Everything is smooth, soft and moisturized. Plus, the citrus zest makes it smell absolutely amazing! I am hoarding this all to myself—I keep it in the jar in the shower—but these would make great gifts, too. Everyone needs a good exfoliant!
Citrus Coconut Sea Salt Scrub
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: None | Makes: About 1-1/2 cups
- 1-1/2 cups fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid)
- Zest of one lemon
- Zest of one lime
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well-mixed. Store in an air-tight container.
- To use: scoop out a small handful of the scrub and rub on skin in a light, circular motion. Rinse off. Enjoy smoothness!