Until recently, I’d never given any thought to using a body scrub, but a couple of patches of dry skin at the beginning of the summer changed that. After some trial and error, I came up with a sugar scrub recipe that makes an awesome body scrub and an amazing pore-refining facial scrub. I love when a product has more than one use!
I wanted to include colloidal oatmeal in the scrub because it helps relieve itching and, when combined with the sugar, it help exfoliate the skin. Once I started using the scrub, I was amazed at how well it refined pores which, I think, is because colloidal oatmeal is a natural cleanser that draws dirt out of the skin.
I later learned that colloidal oatmeal is basically the complete package for skin care – it’s a moisturizer, cleanser, anti-inflammatory agent and buffer, which means that it helps restore the normal pH of skin. That’s why it’s been used for centuries to treat skin conditions.
To make colloidal oatmeal, use a spice or coffee grinder to grind oatmeal into a fine powder. If you’re making the powder for a scrub, you’re done.
If you’re making the colloidal oatmeal for a bath, you may want to test it in a cup of water first. The oatmeal should suspend in the water and make the water look milky. If the oatmeal sinks to the bottom, try grinding it into a finer powder.
To complete the body scrub, I used organic sugar to exfoliate the skin and sweet almond oil to hydrate the skin and give the scrub a nice consistency.
The first time I made the scrub, I didn’t add any essential oils. The second time, I added sweet orange oil to give it a scent. As a bonus, sweet orange oil is soothing for skin.
As with all natural scrubs, it’s a good idea to use a spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar so you don’t introduce any impurities that could make the scrub go bad more quickly. I like these small bamboo spoons. Bamboo’s water and mold resistant properties make it a good choice for shower accessories.