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Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

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Homemade lemon sugar body scrub can help sooth rough dry skin through the winter.

Dry skin is no fun.

One of the biggest differences I've noticed between living in Maine and living in Virginia where we moved from, besides the snow and colder temperatures of course, is how much drier the air is.

While I love that our bath towels dry much faster and I can (finally!) try my hand at baking macarons, I have discovered why Southern belles have such gorgeous dewy skin - the moisture in the air is their natural beauty secret.

Not only is dry skin itchy and uncomfortable, skin that lacks moisture is more prone to wrinkle. Having dry skin will make you look older than you are - and who wants that?

I really enjoyed having soft skin back in Virginia, so in an effort to continue to keep my skin soft and moisturized, I make sure to sleep with the windows cracked open in the bedroom (year round...yes I know that's hard-core here in Maine!), use a humidifier on my night stand, and drink lots of water.

I also moisturize morning and night.

And I make sure I use an exfoliator in the shower a couple of times a week. That really helps to keep the skin on your arms and legs and torso in tip-top condition, removing the top layer of dead, dry skin.

My naturally dry skin is even drier in the winter, but instead of running out to buy expensive products, I whip up a batch of Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub.

It's actually faster to make than it would have been to drive to the drugstore to buy something.

And the fact that it's all natural and made from ingredients in your kitchen and pantry should make it your go-to body scrub as well.

The Ingredients in Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

Coconut oil by itself is a wonderful skin moisturizer and I was tempted to just slather my body with some right from the jar and be done with it!

But I really wanted a shower scrub to use in the morning to prepare my skin for the day ahead. 

Lemon is a natural astringent and helps to tighten pores and prevent acne and other skin issues. I love a citrus smell in the shower to wake me up and get my day started on a bright, cheerful note. Lemon juice also helps to bleach sun spots and other skin pigmentation, working to even out your skin tone.

Sugar is great for gentle abrasion of your skin and not only removes dry, dead skin but also cleans pores and removes dirt. It helps improve circulation and prevents signs of aging like wrinkles (which we all can use!)

I like to add a little bit of Vitamin E to my scrub as well. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps block free radicals caused by chemical pollutants in the air and sun exposure and improve skin's appearance.

It also helps to moisturize the skin. Vitamin E acts as a preservative and will extend the shelf life of your scrub as well.

Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

3/4 Cup coconut oil (preferably organic)
One fresh lemon 
2 Cups granulated sugar
Drizzle of Vitamin E oil

Zest the lemon and then squeeze the juice and set aside. Heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat until it just melts. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and lemon zest in a bowl until combined. 

Remove the coconut oil from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and Vitamin E. Pour it into the sugar/zest mixture and stir until combined. You can adjust the amounts to get the consistency you prefer. You want a moist mixture, sort of like beach sand, not runny.

Let the scrub cool to room temperature and then scoop or spoon loosely it into a mason jar or other covered container. Don't pack it down, so that it's easy to scoop out with your fingers to use.

Store in the shower and rub all over your body as needed with a loofah, bath puff or your fingers. Safe to use on your face as well.

You can also store the scrub in the fridge, just be sure to let it come to room temperature before using. You can scoop out a small bit each morning to use.

Slather on as needed when you shower or give a jar as a gift.

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