The luxury of tanning in a salon not only gives your skin that gorgeous glow, but also boosts your spirits and helps you de-stress. In past blogs we’ve discussed skin care. It’s no secret that skin looks best with that nourished look of a tan + moisturizer, but before a tan it’s best to exfoliate. There’s some science behind that: removing dead skin cells leaves your skin looking healthier and your tan lasting longer.

Some people like to invest in exfoliation products, but there are those of you who love Pinterest-ing. We reviewed top Pinterest boards on homemade exfoliation and found great recipes you mix at home!


Olive Oil Scrubs


One cup of sugar

Two tablespoons of lemon juice

½ cup of olive oil

A few drops of you favorite essential oil


Sugar Baby Scrub (courtesy of “The Style Dossier” blog)

Two cups of brown sugar

½ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of honey


Coffee (courtesy of “Everything Pretty” blog)

1 cup coffee grounds (We’ve heard this helps with cellulite, but we don’t have proof.)

1/2 cup brown sugar or white sugar

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil



Rosemary & Lemon Salt Scrub (courtesy of “Farm & Pretty” blog)

1 1/2 cups salt*

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Juice of 1-2 lemons

Zest of one lemon

2 sprigs of rosemary



Coconut Oil Scrubs


Easy Brown Sugar Scrub

Equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar. Done.


Vanilla, Pomegranate & Coconut Scrub (courtesy of “Setting for Four” blog)

1/2 cup solid coconut oil

1 1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 tsp pomegranate fragrance oil

1/4 tsp vanilla essential oil

1/2 tsp of sanding red sugar – optional.


Add coconut oil to a bowl and whip with a hand mixer.

Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed 1 – 2 minutes.



Simple Salt Scrub

2 Cups Coconut Oil

1 Cup Epsom Salts

8 Drops Essential Oils


DIY Firming Body Scrub (courtesy of “Best of Tips” blog)

Handful ground coffee

Handful sea salt

Two tablespoons coconut oil

One tablespoon Shea butter

One teaspoon cinnamon powder

One tablespoon honey


To create:

Combine shea butter and coconut oil and warm it up to mix (Shea butter and coconut oil harden when cool.)

Add sea salt and ground coffee to it and mix again.

Last, add honey and cinnamon powder.


Thanks to Pinterest, you can get in touch with your crafty side, mix up your own scrub using ingredients in your cabinet or get fancy with essential oils. Your skin will be exfoliated, moisturized, and ready for the tanning salon! Once you’ve been to Tan UNique our experts can discuss the best products for your skin and future sessions, but it never hurts to have a little fun at home with DIY projects! Enjoy!

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