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What is an Economical Body Scrub?
An body scrub is a product that is used to exfoliate (scrub) the skin from old cells and grime prior to cleansing. A body scrub comes in many forms from face, hand, feet, and of course the body and is composed of a salt, sugar, and even an oatmeal base. Scrubs usually contain certain essential ingredients such as oils, plants, and other ingredients that are tailored to certain skin wants and needs. An economical body scrub can be purchased from a drugstore such as Walgreen’s, Target, and Ulta or made from your own kitchen (D.I.Y.). The benefits that you are looking for will ultimately depend on whether or not you want to purchase a body scrub or a make one. Let’s get into which economical body scrubs are best to try.
Tree Hut is a cost-effective product for the benefits. I have personally tried three of their body scrubs and they leave my skin feeling smooth, clean, exfoliated, and refreshed, with hydration for a few days. I was introduced to this brand when visiting Ulta. I decided to try it for myself, because I am always up for a mini spa treatment in the shower (even though I have never been to a spa). The top ones that I have tried and would recommend would include the Coconut Lime, Moroccan Rose, Himalayan Salt Scrub in Hawaiian Kukui, and the Brown sugar “Sugarlips” lip scrub.
Coconut Lime and Moroccan Rose both are infused with shea butter and contains Evening Primrose, Safflower, Sweet Almond, Avocado, and orange oil for intense hydration and moisture. In my opinion the Coconut Lime has a gentle exfoliation and has the perfect summer scent! The Himalayan Salt Scrub (Hawaiian Kukui) is one that you should try for a more moderate exfoliation.
The Brown Sugar “Sugarlips” lip scrub is blended with shea butter and beneficial oils and extracts such as jojoba oil and vanilla to nourish and soothe your lips, especially in the winter time. This scrub has an added benefit of being able to be licked off. I would not recommend doing that considering you would be eating the dirt and dead skin that comes off of your lips. Being edible is a benefit if you shall swallow or accidentally lick your lips, it would not harm you. This is a benefit scrub, for those times where your lips are extra chapped and having trouble staying moisturized.
The Tree Hut body scrubs usually have paired body butters to keep your skin clean, super moisturized and hydrated. Try the body butters with the scrubs and let me know how you like them or which combinations you think swear by.
St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub
For all times of the year, especially in the colder months (fall and winter), an oatmeal scrub is super beneficial for your skincare needs due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe, heal, and treat dry skin as well as removing dead skin cells. The oats in oatmeal contain compounds called saponins which are beneficial in unclogging pores and exfoliating the skin. I particularly like St. Ives Nourished & Smooth body scrub. This is paraben free, dermatologist tested, suitable for sensitive skin, with rich emollients for gentle daily use. The St. Ives scrub contains walnut shells for a deep exfoliant factor (even though it says gentle). I claim that it is deep due to walnut shells being abrasive. For 1 time a week on the body for that extra deep cleansing routine, makes this a great scrub considering possible product buildup from lotions and body butters.
Wright’s Apothecary Relax Hand and Body Scrub
I just so happened to come across this by accident when shopping at Peebles (now Gordmans) for a “going out of business,” switching over sale. The Wright’s Apothecary Relax Hand and Body scrub looked intriguing due to the contents of vetiver, lemongrass, chamomile, and jojoba oil. Vetiver is know for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and lastly its calming benefits. Hence the main reason why this scrub is labeled “Relax.” Lemongrass and chamomile are used in many products for hair and consumption. Lemongrass is known for antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Chamomile is know for treating skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, scars, and underlying muscle pain. Jojoba oil is known for healing chaffing, chapping, dry skin, general skin repair and damage control, and keeping skin calm and relaxed. This scrub also contains pecan shells for a gentle, deep exfoliation.
Wright’s Apothecary is cruelty free and relatively cheap for the price per ounce at a price point of $4.99 (with the sale, it was cheaper). I was leery of this scrub due to it being a brand that I never tried, let alone heard of. Once I tried this scrub, I instantly saw the smoothness, cleanliness, and the shade difference of my skin. It was ultimately decided that this needed to be in rotation of my summer body scrubs. This scrub has an added benefit of being a hand scrub. In times of the pandemic, this is beneficial for a daily end of the night hand cleansing.
Body scrubs can be made from scratch. Yes, straight from your own kitchen! I have made a few over my lifetime for my face and my body. I usually make them in a time where I have little to no funds to purchase any or I need certain benefits from certain ingredients that companies do not use in their products. Here is a little recipe that I want to share with you all as a bonus.
First begin with a 1 cup ratio of exfoliant (oatmeal and sugar (white or brown)). I try not go over 1 cup total because this is the base of the scrub. Everything blends in with the exfoliant so there is no need to go over this amount. A cup is enough for multiple uses. I then choose a liquid that equals out to no more than a half of cup (honey and oils, (olive, almond, coconut)). Always try to stick to a 2-to-1 ratio, meaning for every 1/2 cup of liquid, double the exfoliant. After I have blended the exfoliant and the liquid I usually mix 2-3 teaspoons (or a few drops) of add-ins such as herbs, citrus, extracts, aloe vera, and oils (jojoba, castor, vitamin E, Argan). After it is all well mixed, I place them in jars. I put one in my shower and one on my bathroom counter.
That’s it! Simple, convenient, and an economical body scrub!
Before I conclude this recipe, I want to give you a few notes about certain ingredients:
- If you use milk, be sure to refrigerate it and use within the first 2 days.
- Adding oatmeal in will allow for a smoother, creamier scrub rather than a crystalized scrub.
- Sugar is a gentle exfoliant. If you prefer something a little rougher use salt. Beware salt may cause tiny tears in your skin, doing more damage than healing.
- Brown sugar goes through less processing and retains nutrients for more effective benefits. It is preferred, but not required. Choose which sugar for your own preference.
- Good news! All ingredients are from nature and are biodegradable. So no harm to the environment through run-off from the rinsing process.
Body scrubs can be beneficial and incorporated into your skincare routine without being an inconvenience or expensive. Something so minute can make a sizeable difference in your skincare, overall, and mental health by boosting confidence, relieving stress, calming the mind and body, regulating blood flow and pressure, and having longer lasting protection for your body. With this many indispensable benefits, why not add a few extra minutes or one extra step to your skin routine. With that said, are there any body scrubs that are a must have in your skincare life? Do you have a to-die-for body scrub recipe that you are excited to share? If you have used body scrubs, how do they make you feel? If your haven’t used a body scrub, what’s holding you back? Please share your thoughts and/or recipes in the comment section below. Let’s chat!