By P&J Trading

From salt to sugar, ground coffee to oatmeal, and almond meal to wheat bran…who knew there were so many different types of exfoliating scrubs! Usually, a bath scrub would include three ingredients which are an exfoliant, a carrier oil, and fragrance oil. This homemade craft is easy to make, but you should carefully pick which exfoliant and carrier oil you would like to use in the scrub. Luckily, here at P&J Trading, we can tell you all about the main types of exfoliants and carrier oils you can choose from. Thus, follow along below for more information!

TYPES OF EXFOLIANTS

SUGAR

Sweets, sweets, sweets! Whether it’s your kiddos or yourself, we all love those sugary sweets. Here at P&J Trading, we love our afternoon chocolate pick-me-up. Not only is sugar a quick pick-me-up during that midday slump but it can also help your skin! Surprisingly, sugar acts as a great topical exfoliant as it gently strips away dead skin cells. Once the dead skin cells are gone, the sugar reveals your glowing skin underneath. The sugar is a softer exfoliant than other ingredients because it is gentle and does not strip the natural oil from your skin. Additionally, sugar acts as a natural source of glycolic acid which enters your skin and breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells. This process allows for cell turnover which generates younger-looking skin. We recommend using either brown or raw sugar with our P&J Trading Fragrance Oils. Brown sugar is better for sensitive skin, whereas, raw sugar is coarser.

SALT

Sweet and salty, what a perfect combination! This may be true for sweets, but we recommend choosing one or the other as an exfoliant. If you pick salt, you have several options to choose from. There are sea salts, table salt, and Epsom salts. Each salt might react differently on your skin as we all have different skin types.

However, our P&J Trading family loves every type of salt exfoliation scrub. We believe salt is great for relaxing your muscles, especially Epsom salts which you can use in your bath. The salt contains magnesium which helps reduce inflammation and flush away toxins in your body. Additionally, if you were to rub the salt scrub on your hands, it also exfoliates the dead skin and replenishes the moisture at the same time.

OATMEAL

Who knew oatmeal could serve as both a great snack and scrub! Our P&J Trading family particularly enjoys a great oatmeal scrub because it is great for sensitive skin types. Its sensitive nature allows for a soothing experience when applying the scrub. The oatmeal also serves as a high antioxidant and anti-inflammation content. Furthermore, oatmeal can help sun-damaged skin because of the antioxidants and minerals included in the substance. Oatmeal is a great way to naturally strip away dead skin cells without harsh chemicals and or ingredients. Plus, in most oatmeal scrubs, you do not have to add in other carrier oils! Simply add water instead.

GROUND COFFEE

Talk about a pick-me-up for that midday slump…forget about sweets and sugar, coffee is the best! Not only can you drink coffee, but there are several other benefits to using coffee as an exfoliant in your scrub. Now there is a purpose to your leftover coffee grounds that is too sparse to use for a cup of joe. 

When you use your coffee grounds as an exfoliant, it smells delicious! In addition, caffeine is a natural vasoconstrictor. This means that the coffee grounds can cause blood vessels to constrict and temporarily reduce varicose veins, rosacea, cellulite, and other inflamed areas.

CARRIER OILS

You might be asking yourself, “What role does carrier oils play in body scrubs?”. Simply put, carrier oils, also known as base oils, holds the mixture together. Whether you are making a coffee scrub or salt scrub, this is the main base that holds all your ingredients in place. Our P&J family recommends using an oil that has a thin consistency. Thus, the carrier oil will wash off easily and not leave your body feeling as if you have a film on your skin. Here are a few of our favorite carrier oils that are also best for our sensitive/acne-prone skin:

SUNFLOWER SEED OIL

Sunflower oil is a gentle and light substance that allows for your skin to breathe. This oil also replenishes the moisture in your skin after you use your scrub. Some people believe that sunflower oil also help improve the skin barrier which is significant if you are more prone to breakouts. This carrier oil also has a very faint scent and is the most affordable with a shelf life of 12 years. The antioxidant properties of sunflower oil help prevent premature signs of aging as well. Plus, sunflower oil contains vitamin E which can help protect against collagen.

SAFFLOWER OIL

Safflower oil is also a gentle and light option when it comes to choosing a carrier oil for your scrubs. Some people also believe there are benefits to this oil when applying it to your skin. Safflower oil can help prevent dryness and roughness as it removes dirt and oil from your skin. Additionally, it can help recurring issues such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

GRAPESEED OIL

Just like the previous two carrier oils, grapeseed oil contains vitamin E as well. However, grapeseed oil also contains omega-6 fatty acid content which is vitally important to the look and function of your skin. Even though this base oil is a little greasier than we would like, it leaves your dry skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. This oil would be great for the wintertime! With each of these oils, it is so simple to add in your favorite P&J Trading Fragrance Oil! Like always, we recommend doing a patch test on a section of your skin with any new product you purchase. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to contact your dermatologist if you have particularly sensitive skin!

Do you have a favorite exfoliant and carrier oil you use in your own DIY facial scrubs? Let us know in the comment section below!