A few years ago I started making scrubs for my dry, dry skin. Humidity here is very low, so the air sucks the water out of my skin. Forced air heating in the winter, and gardening hands in the summer further detract moisture, requiring serious action for skin to remain supple! Cheered yet? I fight back by making scrubs that match the season we are in. Right now I am loving the lemon-lime sugar scrub I have been making.
Zest a lemon on top of 1/2 cup of white sugar. Rub the zest into the sugar to infuse the sugar with the bright, citrus-y oils in the zest. You can’t smell it from the photo, but trust me, the smell is divine. Add to this 2 tablespoons of Persian lime infused olive oil. If you can’t find this, any olive oil will substitute, and lemon olive oil would be great. Stick to oils though, and avoid adding lemon juice to sugar, as water-based liquids dissolve the sugar, and you want to keep the gritty sugar to scrub yourself. Stir until mixed and use as a body scrub in the shower, or leave it by the sink to use as a hand scrub. I use it as a body scrub 2-3 times a week and my skin feels so much nicer. Almost like skin on holiday in Hawaii. Yes, it is that nice.
As a bonus, slice the lemon now naked of its zest and put it in a glass of drinking water to hydrate your skin from the inside as well. I refill it several times during the day to repeat the treat.