DIY Body Scrub: Lemon, Ginger and Sugar

DIY-body-scrub-001 Is it just me, or does Pinterest have you trying DIY projects and recipes you never imagined you could do? Pinterest ignites my crafty self that I’ve put on the back burner for many years.

I never really imagined creating my own skincare products, but after seeing DIY body scrub after DIY soap on Pinterest, I thought it was about time I try it for myself.

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With a little bit of research, I decided on a DIY lemon ginger sugar body scrub. After all the hormonal fluctuations with my pregnancy that led to acne and melasma, I need something soothing and healing. I based this scrub recipe on a few different recipes I found herehere and here.

DIY-body-scrub-03Why these ingredients?

Lemons heal acne and blemishes, lighten dark spots, and heal dry skin. Ginger has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for acne-prone skin. It also contains the antioxidant gingerol, which fights skin-damaging free radicals and can help promote a brighter, firmer, more youthful appearance. Extra virgin olive oil moisturizes and conditions the skin since it is packed with antioxidants and vitamin E. Pure cane sugar is a gentle exfoliator perfect for removing dead skin.

Read on for the recipe below.

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1 ¼ cups pure cane sugar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
zest of one lemon
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated (skin removed)

Mix all ingredients together. For a grainier texture, add more sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

I used the scrub about a week after I made it and I was really happy with it. It smells really great, the texture is very good for exfoliating and the olive oil adds so much moisture. After I got out of the shower, my skin felt really smooth and soft.

DIY-body-scrub-06Have you tried making a DIY body scrub or other DIY beauty product before? Which ones have been successful? I hope you’ll give this scrub a try and let me know what you think of it!