Balancing and Brightening Grapefruit and Pink Salt Scrub

Ok, so I like to make things out of stuff that would normally go to waste. If you're venturing to do the same, grapefruit rind is as good a place to start as any. It's loaded with vitamin C, which helps to rebuild collagen, which keeps skin elastic. The same vitamin can also help to reduce dark spots on the skin. So, it's like a whole thing, just a bunch of stuff you want for your skin, brighter, tighter and more even tones. Everyone wants that stuff. 

Grapefruit also has bromelian and alpha hydroxy acids, which both act as chemical exfoliants. Not chemical as in synthetic, obviously, but chemical vs. granular, like salt. This clears off dead skin leaving skin brighter and healthier looking. Not only that the bromelain cleanses skin. So, you can use the inside of the peel as a cleanser. It won't remove heavy makeup, but it will make a great post workout skin refresher, and it smells great. 

Himalayan salt is awesome for balancing skin because of its high mineral content. It also contains electrolytes needed to keep skin hydrated in a long term way. So, while it might seem counter-intuitive, or that the salt can actually dry your skin, it really has the opposite effect. The salt is also super detoxifying. Make sure to let this scrub sit on your skin, or scrub until it dissolves so you make sure not to waste your pink salt.  

Here's what you'll need: 

  • 2/3 cup Himalayan salt - I used the rock salt
  • 1/2 the peel of a large grapefruit

Directions:

  • With scissors or a knife chop up the grapefruit rind and add it in to your food processor with the Himalayan salt. 
  • It's ok if the salt doesn't dissolve completely, but the peel should get pretty fine. 
  • Put the scrub in a glass container. Sometimes more acidic products can leach from metal and plastic. So, glass is really best.
  • Apply to damp skin and scrub in thoroughly. You'll want the salt to dissolve, so you don't waste any. It can be kind of expensive.