Skin look parched, feel rough or simply lack that youthful glow? “A buildup of dry, dead skin cells could be to blame”, says dermatologist Deanne Mraz Robinson, M.D. Her remedy to radiant? Exfoliating skin twice a week with an all-natural scrub. “It removes the dull layers and allows for nourishing ingredients to absorb deep into skin.” Whip up the one that’s right for you.
Soften Chapped Lips With a Brown Sugar Scrub
“Brown sugar’s fine crystals whisk away flaky skin, while its glycolic acid attracts moisture deep into dry lips”, says Dr. Robinson. Combining it with hydrating honey adds necessary moisture to a parched pout to heal it faster.
TRY IT: Mix 1 tsp. of brown sugar and 1 tsp. of honey. Massage onto lips for 30 seconds, then rinse.
Smooth Rough Patches With an Epsom Salt Scrub
The salt’s coarse texture removes the super-dry, rough skin along knees and elbows without causing irritation. Plus, its nourishing minerals and vitamins restore hydration to prevent future dryness. Simply wet skin, then massage a handful of a salt-infused scrub onto rough spots for 1 minute; rinse.
ONE TO TRY: Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Body Scrub Exfoliate & Renew with Eucalyptus & Spearmint, $5, Walmart.com
Diminish Cellulite With a Coffee Scrub
The brew packs a powerful punch to wipe out cellulite: Its grounds smooth dimples, its antioxidants tighten skin and its diuretic caffeine flushes out fluids and toxins that make cellulite appear more prominent. Simply massage a coffee-infused scrub onto damp skin along areas with cellulite for 1 minute. Let sit 5 minutes before rinsing.
ONE TO TRY: frank body Original Coffee Scrub, $10, Ulta.com
Calm a Rash With an Oatmeal Scrub
Oats gently slough away dead cell buildup on sensitive skin, while their anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, says Dr. Robinson. Pairing with skin-soothing aloe boosts the rash-relieving results.
TRY IT: Mix 1 Tbs. of old fashioned oats and 1 Tbs. of aloe vera gel. Rub onto damp skin; let sit 5 minutes, then rinse.
Heal Heels With a Baking Soda Scrub
The fine powder’s mild abrasiveness easily breaks up the layers of dry skin on the heels. Using with antiseptic peppermint leaves feet feeling clean and smelling fresh.
TRY IT: Combine 2 Tbs. of baking soda, 2 Tbs. of water and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Massage onto wet feet for 2 minutes, then rinse.
This Scrub Grows Hair!
The scalp — and hair — benefit from regular exfoliation too. Here’s why
An accumulation of dead scalp skin can get trapped in hair follicles, slowing growth. To the rescue: a sugar and castor oil scrub. Small sugar granules slough off flakes and help unclog follicles, while castor oil’s ricinoleic acid promotes new growth and strengthens strands at the root to thwart fallout. What’s more, the massaging motion of scrubbing the scalp boosts circulation to the area, delivering growth-encouraging nutrients to follicles for a thicker mane in no time.
ONE TO TRY: Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, $14, Target.com
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