I've been wanting to try a beach sand scrub ever since I heard in Brazil they use it as an all over exfoliant. If you've walked barefoot on the beach you may have noticed smoother skin afterward. I mean it makes sense, millions of tiny grains all soaked in salt water, of course they exfoliate. This scrub is definitely a new favorite. The grains of sand are so, so tiny that they effortlessly buff off any dead skin, without any irritation.
Now you may not live close to the beach, but you could collect this sand from a nearby lake or river. So you don't have to wait for a summer trip to the beach to be able to make this exfoliator. Just make sure you sift out any larger pieces that could irritate skin and just keep the finest pieces of sand.
As you probably know coconut oil has been one of the most popular oils around for quite some time now. I happen to really, really love it. I use it everyday to get my makeup off. I have, however, heard some negative reviews about it. :( For example, if you already have oily skin, coconut oil may not be the best thing to use. I've heard that jojoba oil is great for oily skin and can even help get rid of those pesky blackheads. I'm more on the tight, dry skin side, so I stick with the heavier oils.
Spirulina is my new favorite thing by a long shot. I'm all day everyday with this spirulina. Turns out it has an awesome effect on skin too. See, because of it's super high antioxidant and beta-carotine content this green sludge will banish free radicals and leave your complexion dewy and glowing. Seriously though. If that weren't enough I added some powdered vitamin C, which has been my anti-aging go-to for years. It can prevent the breakdown of collagen in skin AND help rebuild collagen. I used the powdered kind, aka L-abosorbic acid. If you want to take an even more natural approach you can replace it with Royal Camu or Camu Camu which is the plant with the all time highest concentration of vitamin C on the earth. (Maybe other planets have hight vitamin C plants, but we have no way of knowing.) I've used both and prefer the L-absorbic acid a) because it doesn't stain skin. b) it absorbs faster c) cheaper d) honestly, I always notice a bigger difference with this kind. Not to knock the camu, just trying to give you guys all the facts. If you have more sensitive skin, Royal Camu may be better, just remember to wipe or rinse off the excess.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons beach sand
- 2 teaspoons of apricot oil, or any other carrier oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina
- 1/2 teaspoon of L-absorbic acid
- Blend your oils, coconut + apricot in with your spirulina and vitamin C, until all the way dissolved and coconut oil has softened.
- Add in your sand and mix once more.
- Apply to damp skin. This may not seem like much, but it was enough to cover my whole body. I would recommend making as needed to keep all ingredients fresh, and who knows if you make a big jar of it, your spirunlina might start growing, not fun.
I love, love, love this scrub and I hope it leaves your skin glowing, or at least gives you some ideas of creations of your own.