Summer rays can be harsh for your skin, but a secret ingredient can help revive you from head to toe: sea salt. This kitchen must-have can help you achieve baby-soft skin in a matter of minutes, and it’s oh-so-easy to whip up treatments with pantry staples—we’ll show you how to make homemade body scrub below. But before we get into the recipes, don’t miss our primer on how sea salt is harvested, plus some of the benefits of using it in your skin care routine.
Sea salt is gathered from water, then dried in the sun and evaporated. Depending on the clay deposits or algae found in the water, sea salt can take on a variety of hues. No matter which kind you choose, sea salt enhances an ingredient’s inherent flavors.
The scale of sea-salt harvesting will depend on the size of the operation, but general techniques are similar. Harvesting sea salt begins with shallow ponds. Exposed to sun and wind, the water eventually evaporates and leaves salt concentrates behind, which start to crystalize. From there, a harvester scoops the salt to transfer it to a washing area, where it’s rinsed in a brine to remove any impurities.
The key differences between salts are in the flake’s shape, use, and flavor profile. Kosher salt is mined from underground caves and made with the dried saltwater of ancient seas, while sea salt is made from drying saltwater (which turns into crystals). Chefs often gravitate towards kosher salt because of its consistency and the ease of pinching the flakes when grabbing a bit for recipes.
Sea salt dates back to 6050 B.C. when it was used in Egyptian ceremonies and began to be traded throughout the Mediterranean. Loved by wellness experts for centuries, sea salt can be used in a variety of ways.
For any DIY spa day, keep these homemade body scrub ingredients on hand to create a truly relaxing experience.
Making your own DIY body scrub is easier than you might think, and you probably have all the ingredients you need right in your pantry. Here are some of our favorite recipes!
Pamper yourself with only three ingredients, including the soothing scent of lavender essential oil.
Add Epsom salt into a bowl along with oil of choice. Add enough essential oil until you achieve the scent you want. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for one week.
Invigorate your senses with a splash of lemon juice. This fragrant ingredient goes a long way, especially when combined with coarse sea salt and soothing almond oil.
2 cups Thrive Market Mediterranean Sea Salt
1 cup almond oil or coconut oil
¼ cup lemon juice
Stir all ingredients in a mixing bowl until combined. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for one week.
The next time you brew coffee, save the grounds for this three-ingredient scrub. The fine granules stand in for sea salt and will help exfoliate your skin.
Combine coconut oil and coffee grounds in a small bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, adding more as needed until your desired consistency is reached. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for one week.
The intoxicating fragrance of jasmine tea makes this scrub an irresistible addition to your self-care routine. Grapeseed oil helps soften skin while sugar gently scrubs away dead skin.
As one of the most fragrant cooler-weather herbs, rosemary makes a real impact in a soothing scrub that only uses three simple ingredients: EVOO, epsom salt, and fresh rosemary.
While you’re beautifying your arms and legs, don’t forget about your lips! A cinnamon sugar scrub is the best way to gently exfoliate your pucker (and makes a great gift idea, too!)
This refreshing scrub uses granulated sugar instead of salt but achieves the same effect. Citrus zest and raw honey makes this treatment extra sweet.
If you’d rather not add another DIY project to the mix, just fill your Thrive box with our member-favorite skin care products.
Get glowy with this award-winning ocean-based scrub that’s suited for all skin types. Super-nutrients derived from sea kelp help soften and detoxify the skin, lemon peel and French green clay gently cleanse and keep your moisture barrier intact, and madonna lily adds a brightening effect.
Made with non-GMO ingredients like sugar, jojoba oil, and eucalyptus oil, this gentle scrub will leave your skin feeling extra refreshed.
Talk about a decadent skin treatment. Giovanni makes its vegan and paraben-free scrub with exfoliating sugars, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter.
Use this all-over polish from head to toe! Gentle sugar crystals reveal smooth skin while lavender and chamomile help you embrace a sense of calm.
Made especially for the delicate skin on your lips, this organic scrub is formulated with brown sugar, coconut oil, and jojoba oil to leave your skin feeling extra moisturized.
Transitioning to natural deodorant? Treat your delicate underarm skin to a coconut and charcoal-infused detox before you make the switch.
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