Body Polishing At Home: A Complete Guide

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Schwarzburg, MD
Written by Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

What is body polishing? If you have any queries about body polishing as part of your beauty treatment, keep reading because we have answers.

Body polishing treatment imparts a healthy glow to your skin. It is quite popular among upcoming brides. However, everyone should get their bodies polished routinely to remove impurities, dead cells, and dirt from the skin. Body polishing is usually done at spas; however, the prices are fairly costly. Do not worry; body polishing is simple to accomplish at home. The best part is that doing it at home saves you money, allows you to do it at your leisure, and you can customize everything as per your skin needs.

What Is Body Polishing?

This one’s a no-brainer. This is an elaborate skin treatment where you (or any professional) scrub your body with cream that’s a bit abrasive. Usually, it contains sugar, salt, or any other grains, but it is not as abrasive as a body scrub. The massage and the cream work together to exfoliate and hydrate your skin and boost blood circulation. The result – soft, supple, and smooth skin.

Wondering whether it’s good for your skin or not, right? Let’s find out!

Is Body Polishing Good For Skin?

Throw all your worries down the drain. Because body polishing is safe for your skin. It acts as a cleanser that removes all the dirt from your skin. Also, it uses natural ingredients and essential oils that have therapeutic benefits on your skin, body, and mind.

How does body polishing benefit you? Here’s your answer.

What Are The Benefits Of Body Polishing?

  • It removes dead skin cells and promotes regeneration of new cells.
  • Makes your skin soft and radiant.
  • Reduce dryness and moisturizes your skin.
  • It promotes blood circulation (when you massage during polishing).
  • It eliminates the superficial signs of sun damage.
  • Last, but not the least, it is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

Now, here is what you have been waiting for all this while – a step by step guide to the royal treatment at home.

Body Polishing At Home: Step By Step Procedure


Do you know what the best part of doing body polishing at home is? It not only saves your time and effort, but you can easily customize the treatment (and the ingredients) as per your need.

What You Need
  • Pumice stone
  • Loofah (natural or synthetic)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Any DIY body polish
  1. Take a shower with lukewarm water.
  2. Warm the olive oil a bit, and massage your entire body with it for 10 minutes.
  3. Take the body polish and gently massage it with the loofah. Do it in a circular motion for at least 10-15 minutes.
  4. Gently scrub the hard areas on the knees, elbows, and heels with the pumice stone.
  5. Follow this with a refreshing bath. Avoid using soap.

Doesn’t this sound exciting? Let’s get you more excited about these easy body polish recipes that you can make at home.

Homemade Body Polishing Recipes

1. Brown Sugar And Jojoba Oil Body Polish


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • ½ cup honey
What You Need To Do

Blend them well, and the body polish is ready to use!

Why This Works

The key ingredient, jojoba oil, has anti-inflammatory properties.

2. Sugar, Olive Oil, And Rose Petals Body Polish


  • ½ cup dried rose petals
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (of your choice)
What You Need To Do

Combine all the ingredients to make your body polish.

Why This Works

Shea butter moisturizes the skin and is rich in antioxidants that protect it from free radical damage.

3. Baking Soda, Lemon, And Coconut Oil Body Polish


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 2 drops of any essential oil
What You Need To Do

Mix them, and your body polish is ready!

Why This Works

Anecdotal evidence suggests that baking soda can improve psoriasis.

4. Strawberry And Sugar Body Polish


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries (crushed)
  • ½ cup coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 3-4 drops essential oil (you may use orange, lavender or any other oil of your choice)
What You Need To Do

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add the essential oil at the end and mix well. Store it in an airtight glass jar.

Why This Works

Coconut oil hydrates the skin and has antibacterial properties that keep your skin protected.

5. Sugar, Orange, And Olive Body Polish


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (for additional color and fragrance)
  • 2-3 drops orange essential oil (optional)
What You Need To Do

Blend all the ingredients.

Why This Works

Orange is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that keep the skin nourished and protected.

6. Salt, Sugar, And Honey Body Polish


  • 1 cup bath salt (preferably sea salt or you may use any bath salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves (optional)
What You Need To Do

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a creamy and thick consistency. Store in a jar. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and then use.

Here are a few quick tips for making the best use of your DIY body polish.

Why This Works

Honey, the key ingredient in this recipe, can help modulate the skin’s immune system.

Quick Body Polishing Tips

  1. You can prepare and store the body polish or make it according to your need. If you are storing it, make sure you finish the product within a month. These products are au naturel and don’t have any preservatives. So, they won’t last long.
  2. When scrubbing a particular area of your body with the polish, make sure you do not over scrub it. Otherwise, you will get ugly scratches.
  3. The polishes contain oil. So, be extra careful when using them in your bathroom. After you wash them off, the floor will get slippery.
  4. Do not apply any of these on wounded and cracked skin.
  5. Also, consider the skin type before using any body polish.
    • If you have oily skin, use body polishes with sea salt or bath salts. It has essential oils that kill bacteria and keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
    • If you have dry skin, go for a brown sugar based body polish (simply use brown sugar instead of white sugar). Brown sugar hydrates and moisturizes your skin.
    • If you have sensitive skin, go for a body polish that has shea butter. It calms your body and doesn’t cause any irritation.
    • For those with normal skin, sugar scrubs work best.

Pro Tip: You can crush and blend any fruit (like avocado, pineapple, apple, and papaya) in your DIY body polish. The natural acids of fruits detoxify and cleanse your body.


  • Test on small patch of skin before scrubbing your entire body to ensure that it doesn’t irritate your skin.
  • Look out for allergies.

Since going to the salon for body polishing is expensive, you can make your own body polish at home with a few natural ingredients at your disposal. Creating body polishes with ingredients such as olive oil, lemon, brown sugar, or baking soda will remove dead skin, promote cell regeneration, hydrate your skin, and stimulate blood circulation. Ensure that you finish your body polish within a month and avoid applying them on cracked or injured skin. Now that you know what is body polishing, conduct a patch test before you use it to ensure there is no allergic reaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use body polish daily?

No, you should not use body polish daily. Body polish is made of sugar or salt grains that exfoliate dead skin. Overusing body polish can make your skin more sensitive and dry.

Can I use body polish on my face?

No, you should not use body polish on your face since the skin on your face is more sensitive and thinner than the rest of your body.

Is body polish the same as a body wash?

No, there is a fundamental difference between body polish and body wash. A body wash is a liquid cleanser used to cleanse the body daily while body polish contains sugar or salt grains used once a week to exfoliate dead skin.

Can we do body polishing after waxing?

No, ensure that you wax your body two days before using body polish for smooth and glowing skin.

Which is better: body scrub or body polish?

A body polish is better than a body scrub. A body scrub only exfoliates dead skin and improves blood circulation. A body polish not only removes dead skin but also keeps the skin hydrated and nourished.

Does body polishing remove dark spots?

Yes, body polishing removes dead skin, dirt, and germs, which may help lighten the appearance of dark spots.

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