An easy recipe for a zesty, grapefruit and coconut sugar scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft and fresh this spring.
If you are like the next woman, you probably enjoy a good skin scrub every now and again. Whether you use one ritually, only when you’re gifted one around the holidays, or just when you’re pampered at the nail salon, using a sugar scrub to exfoliate and soften your skin can feel like a mini spa treatment.
Whipping up your own scrub allows you to control the ingredients, and pamper your body with an all-natural exfoliant. At Back Road Bloom we love natural and we love homemade!
Citrus fruits are such versatile staple to have in your home. Whether you’re spicing up your favorite chicken dinner recipe with some lemon, making a scented, stove top potpourri, or adding some citrus to your DIY household cleaner, you’ll be seeing the benefits of these delicious fruits all around your home.
We shared some fun lemon dessert ideas, but what about a citrus infused body scrub to leave your skin soft, glowing, and vibrant, a perfect combination for the warmer weather?! Cue the grapefruit and coconut sugar scrub!
Grapefruit is not only wonderful for your overall health when eaten as a quick snack, it can be really great for your skin when used topically. The natural acids that exist in grapefruit, much like any other citrus fruits, can work to exfoliate dead skin cells. This is a perfect combination when used with sugar in a scrub. The sugar and grapefruit juice exfoliate and brighten, while the coconut oil works to soften and moisturize the skin.
All the while, the high amounts of Vitamin C in grapefruit can add an extra does of antioxidants to protect the skin and help the formation of collagen. Different varieties of grapefruit are high in beta-carotene, which helps the aging of skin cells. Talk about a whole lot of goodness for your skin!
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Have you ever heard of salicylic acid? I remember seeing this acne fighting powerhouse as the main ingredient in a lot of different skin products I used when I was younger. Well, salicylic acid occurs naturally in grapefruits, making it helpful in the fight against acne. As a final bonus, grapefruit juice and extract has a natural fragrance that will leave your skin smelling sweet and tangy!
Now, the coconut oil used in this scrub will have a stronger coconut scent depending on the type of oil and the different brand you use. My coconut oil that I use regularly has a pretty strong coconut scent (which I love as I really enjoy the taste and smell of coconut), but if you are looking for something less fragrant be sure to check the label.
Also, if you are wondering where to find grapefruit essential oil, check with someone you know who sells essential oils from a reputable company such as Young Living or DoTerra. You can of course pick up a bottle of many different kinds of essential oils from your local grocery store, but if you are going to be making the investment in purchasing a whole bottle and using it on your skin, you’ll want to be sure you are going with a high quality, proven brand.
Scrubs are best used in the shower, so you can easily rinse off the excess oil and sugar. Try to not to use your scrub more than a few times a week, because too much exfoliation can be damaging to the skin. A couple times a week is perfect!
Check out some of our other scrub recipes!
Grapefruit Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted or softened)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-2 Tbsp. grapefruit juice
zest from one grapefruit
10-15 drops grapefruit essential oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and mix with the paddle attachment on your stand mixer or with a handheld mixer. Add more sugar or coconut oil as needed until it reaches the desired consistency. Using an electric mixer will help to combine the ingredients quicker, and make the scrub more soft and smooth, almost whipped in texture, but you can mix by hand if you like. Store in an airtight container. To use: spread over skin and rub in a circular motion to exfoliate, soften, and brighten. Rinse and repeat!
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