My skin gets fairly dry this time of year and as I run several times a week cutting back on showers isn’t really an option for me. I combat the dry skin on several fronts: I stay hydrated by drinking a lot water, slough off the dead skin, and slather on coconut oil. I make this calendula sugar scrub to remove dead skin while also hydrating the outer body.
The coconut and other oils helps soothe dry skin as the sugar and salt help remove the dead cells from the surface of the body. Infusing the oil with and keeping the calendula petals in the scrub also helps soothe dry and chapped skin.
It’s easy to whip up a giant batch in no time for yourself or someone else. Put it in a nice container, add a pretty label and some ribbon for a simple, and frugal gift. Pick essential oil scents based on their aromatherapy qualities to further heal the body and the spirit.
Calendula Sugar Scrub
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 teaspoons Dried Calendula Petals
- 1/4 Cup Almond or Olive Oil
- 3/4 Cup Raw Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Coarse Kosher Salt
- 4 Drops Essential Oil
- Use a double boiler, with an inch of water in the bottom. In the top combine, the calendula petals and coconut oil. Heat and keep warm for 10 minutes. The oil should be warm but not frying the petals. Remove from heat and whisk in the almond oil. Allow the oils to come to room temperature.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Use within 2 months.
- Slather onto wet skin, rubbing well. Rinse off.