Our DIY Body Scrub Will Leave Your Skin Feeling Berry Fresh

Oranges hog the spotlight as the go-to fruit for vitamin C, but strawberries actually contain nearly 15 grams more of this powerhouse nutrient than your basic navel does. Plus, vitamin C is as good for your skin as it is for your immune system. It is essential for producing collagen, which helps to prevent wrinkles, and is also a potent antioxidant and works to reduce inflammation and irregular pigmentation in your skin. Here we combine all the benefits of vitamin C with the exfoliating effects of sugar and the moisturizing power of coconut oil to create a body scrub that will leave your skin feeling super soft.

DIY Berry Body Scrub 

1 cup freeze-dried berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup coconut oil, at room temperature 
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract, optional

Resealable quart-sized plastic bag, rolling pin, medium bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoon, airtight storage container

1. Put the berries into a resealable quart-size plastic bag, press out as much air from the bag as possible, and seal closed. Lay the bag on a work surface and gently roll the rolling pin over the bag until the berries are crushed to a fine powder. 

2. Pour the berry powder into a medium bowl. Add the sugar, coconut oil, and almond or vanilla extract, if using, to the bowl. Using your hands, mix all the ingredients until well incorporated. 

3. Transfer the berry mixture to a jar or other airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 month. Use the berry body scrub to exfoliate your skin two or three times per week.