- Olive oil or almond
- Castor oil or a essential oil
- Lemon extract
- Sugar (& sometimes a bit of sea salt or kosher salt - it has great antiseptic properties and is an effective exfoliant)
Step #1: Fill a jar with sugar (and a bit of salt, if you'd like). This will gently keep all that flaky skin at bay!
Step #2: Add lemon extract. (You can substitute any scented extract, use actual lemon juice or put in a few drops of your fave essential oil.)
Step #3: Fill the jar with olive oil and a small amount of castor oil. The ratio that works well for me is about 8 parts olive oil to 1 part castor oil.
My advice is to start with a very minimal amount of castor oil and see how if your skin feels adequately moisturized. If it's dry or tight, try increasing the amount. Castor oil is a fabulous emollient, but too much can cause greasy skin and breakouts.
You can skip it altogether and still have a lovely facial scrub.
Step #4: Stir well, possibly adding more oil to reach your desired consistency. You'll want it to be loose but not liquid.
Step #5: Use it! I throw mine in the shower - no mess, no fuss. I rinse thoroughly and then use a towel to dry my face well. (This ensures that no extra oil residue is left sitting on my face.)