Does your feet look like the Sahara desert like mine? Or are you the weekly Mani-Pedi type and they look like the baby's bottom? Obviously, I'm not that type and my heels are the tell-tale sign of my highly pampered life. *Cough Cough*
When a chapped piece of skin on my heel scraped my husband's leg under the sheets and he screamed in pain, I figured, it was time to make an effort to really pretend I have a highly pampered life. So, I decided to try exfoliating my heels with those fancy scrubs. But have you seen the prices for some of them? Holy moly, what are they made of, gold??? All I'm going to do is to put it on my feet in the shower and probably wash half the jar down the drain! Sheeesh....
So I decided to make some on my own. After all, I should have all the ingredients, right in my cupboards. So I googled for some homemade recipes and lo and behold, there were a bazillion recipes for scrubs, using ingredients ranging from sea salt, mineral salt, dead sea salt, regular sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, oatmeal, coffee grounds, so on and so on. There were so many, they made my head spin. It's just my heels, for goodness sakes!
But then, I wondered, what's better; sugar or salt? So I did some comparisons.
Sugar Scrub vs. Sea Salt Scrub
After using different versions of scrubs, here is what I noticed, in brief summary.
1. Sugar - was finer than salt so I didn't feel the grains doing anything to my heels. It also melted in warm temperature in the shower quicker so there were less grains to work with.
2. Sea salt - I use Himalayan mineral salt for cooking and I had some in my cupboard but normally, I wouldn't use this type since it's expensive. Any 'fine' sea salt is great for this scrub since you can roll the grains between your fingers and they actually ex.fo.li.ate the rough spots. The ironic fact is, salt dries out skin so don't use it on your face. Since I'm using it as an exfoliating agent, it doesn't stay on my thick heel long enough for it to dry out so salt is ok on the heels. Also, don't use it on open cuts or sores. But I think you know that already.
Sea Salt Scrub
- Fine Dead Sea Salt
- Used coffee grounds
- Olive oil
1 part used coffee grounds - you can use fresh coffee but used ones work just as well. Coffee grounds works to exfoliate but caffeine in the coffee reduces inflammation so it's great for inflamed eczematous areas as well.
1 part salt - doesn't have to be fancy mineral salt but regular kosher or regular table salt works too. Don't use this scrub for your face.
Olive Oil and Honey - enough to mix the dry ingredients to a paste.
Look how it looks now. Baby bottoms, if you ask me. 🙂
I made a variation of this scrub, sans the salt, and I gave it to my daughter to try it on her dried (and cracked) eczema spot on her wrist, and it worked like a charm! So now, we have jars in both bathrooms and we use it daily. It's inexpensive to make and it really works! If I used it at night, I'd wear thin socks to bed and they kept the moisture and oil working even longer.
NOTE: Do NOT use this scrub for your face as the dead sea salt used in this recipe is too harsh.
Do you have a favorite recipe for natural body scrubs?