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When I was a makeup artist, I would also use body makeup on my clients to make sure they had glowing, gorgeous legs and arms for the red carpet and for the camera. But the best prep, though, is exfoliation, and nothing works better than salt or sugar scrubs to exfoliate body skin properly. And if you spend a lot of time in the sun this summer, rough, dry skin may result. That’s when you’ll welcome a good skin scrubbing.

 

But there’s no need to run to the spa for expensive treatments just yet: There are do-it-yourself (DIY) scrubs you can make yourself in a few simple steps.

 

Base Ingredients: Every body scrub has the same base ingredients. The first is an oil. I usually like to use extra virgin organic coconut oil for its antifungal properties, easy absorption and vacation smell. Other oil options include almond, avocado or walnut oils. The second basic ingredient is the main exfoliator—either sea salt or cane sugar. Sea salt gives you a more vigorous exfoliation due the size of its crystals, while cane sugar’s fine crystals give skin a softer scrub.

 

Custom Ingredients: Here’s where you can get creative! Ingredients like lemon zest, coffee grounds, essential oils and chocolate make your DIY scrub rejuvenating, relaxing and infuse skin with antioxidants. Here are two of my favorite scrub recipes, courtesy of YouBeauty.com.

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookie Scrub

Ingredients:

4 lemons

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup cornmeal

½ cup coconut oil

Directions: Zest the lemons, then leave the zest to dry for one to two hours. (If you don’t have a zester, remove the lemon peel with a vegetable peeler and then mince the peel with a knife.) In a bowl, mix poppy seeds, sugar, cornmeal, vanilla and lemon zest. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine.

 

Java Mint Scrub

Ingredients:

½ cup coffee grounds

2 tablespoons mint leaves or 2 peppermint tea bags

½ cup sugar

½ cup coconut oil

Directions: If you’re using fresh mint, pluck all the leaves from the stalks and spread onto a cookie sheet. Bake at the lowest temperature for one hour. Let the leaves cool completely before crumbling them between your fingers into a powder. If you’re using peppermint tea bags, snip open the bags and use the leaves. In a bowl, combine coffee, mint and sugar. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine.

 

These recipes will keep for up to three months when stored in a sealed jar, so use them regularly (once or twice a week) to give your gams and arms a celebrity sheen!