Botanical body scrubs are so easy to make and a simple aromatic self-care ritual that you can practice once a week.
Why should you exfoliate?
Finely ground sea salt makes an excellent exfoliant for the skin, particularly dry or rough skin. Sea salt is more abrasive than sugar because the salt granules have a sharper edge.
Depending on your skin type, you can exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliating:
- stimulates circulation
- removes dirt and dead surface-layer skin cells
- unclogs pores & supports and enhances cellular rejuvenation
- leaves the skin soft and glowing
You should never use a salt scrub on your face. Do not exfoliate on open wounds, thin or broken skin, sunburned skin, immediately after waxing or shaving, on moles, varicose veins or inflamed skin conditions.
What is ancient sea salt?
Ancient sea salt comes from seabeds that are….well…..ancient!
Himalayan pink sea salt is mined in the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. The salt comes from a sea present during the Permian and Cretaceous era – around 250 million years ago. This ancient inland ocean slowly evaporated, leaving behind a dense salt deposit. The Khewra Salt Mine is the oldest salt mine in the world – its history dates back to its discovery in 320 BCE.
There are also ancient salt deposits in Redmond, Utah that date back to the Jurassic era – that’s 150 million years ago. Learn more about this ancient sea salt here.
Unrefined sea salts generally have 3 – 5 % of trace minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium and are considered to promote circulation, act as a detoxifying agent, and soothe and protect the skin.
Ancient sea salt has the added benefit of not being contaminated with microplastics.
This recent study tested 17 brands of sea salt from eight different countries and found traces of microplastics (MPs) in 15 of them.
Ancient sea salt was created long before plastic and other pollutants existed. Because the salt deposits were buried, they have been kept unpolluted and unchanged for millions of years.
Ancient Sea Salt Body Scrub with Kelp & Grapefruit
This is definitely one of my favourite body scrubs at the moment. It is both uplifting and detoxifying – perfect for this time of the year!
Besides being a detoxifier, kelp is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin. Grapefruit essential oil is uplifting, detoxifying, and contracts and tones skin tissue.
Here’s what you need to make the body scrub:
- 1/2 cup ancient sea salt, finely ground
- 1/4 cup carrier oil (I like to use apricot kernel oil. It’s great for mature, dry and sensitive skin. It has a very light texture, easily absorbs and won’t make you feel greasy!)
- 1 tsp finely ground sea kelp (I like to use kelp harvested from the Canadian Kelp company. I have a special coffee grinder that I only use to grind dried botanicals.)
- 18 drops of organic pink grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oil (Rae Dunphy Aromatics pink grapefruit essential oil is sublime!).
Mix the sea salt and the finely ground kelp together in a bowl. Add the carrier oil and the essential oil. Mix all together until combined. Put in a small mason jar. This should last you for about a month – provided that you use it once a week.
You can use the body scrub in the shower or in the bathtub – whichever you prefer. If you are in the shower, wet your body first before using. Massage the skin of the whole body in small circular motions starting at the feet. DO NOT apply to newly shaved or waxed areas, wounds, face or to the breast area.