During the winter months, I get some really itchy, dry skin made worse by all the plane travel from the holidays. This is my go to DIY salt scrub- it calms and moisturizes at the same time. And, it's great in the summer time too for soothing sun soaked skin!
1) fill a container with salt: Epson Salts
You can also use table salt or sugar. I like epsom salts though because they have amazing skin and wound healing abilities. They soothe tired muscles, and help to replenish magnesium levels in our body which stress diminishes.
2) add oil: Coconut plus a little Grapeseed or jojoba
Pour the oil over salt slowly and let it seep down in between all the crevices. Be patient!
If you don't have coconut oil in your pantry, run, don't walk, to the store to get some. It's benefits used both internally (for cooking) and externally are too numerous to list here. One the biggest pluses though is that it is highly anti-bacterial and anti-viral. This makes it great for treating skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. It melts right into the skin, and has a subtle coconut scent. When my skin is extra dry, I use it as a moisturizer straight out of the shower.
Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature though, so to pour it in, you'll have to warm it under hot water or in the microwave for a few seconds. And, it will become solid again once everything is mixed together (except in the summer.) I actually keep a little spoon with my jar to scoop some of the scrub mixture out. I like that it's more solid, because it's less messy and I know all the scrub is going on my skin.
I also add either some grapeseed or jojoba oil. Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen and moisture retentive properties, and jojoba oil is very close to our own skin's natural sebum so it makes a great moisturizing beauty product.
If you don't want to use coconut oil, you can also use canola or olive oil
3) Add some essential oils: 10-20 drops
In the winter I like to use lavender or peppermint, but in the summer I like lemon- you can even add some zest!
4) Mix and enjoy!