DIY Salty Sour Pineapple Peel Body Scrub

10/07/2012

Pineapples are a pain in the arse to cut, but if nothing, I’m a gal who takes her pleasure seriously. Pineapples are no exception. I got this at the farmers market, making sure the leaves were fresh and green with a firm body. I had visions of juicy, sour chunks tickled with my beloved tequila simple syrup.

I also imagined The Mister’s delight as he’d run his fingers along my soon-to-be smooth skin after using this body scrubber. Pineapple has a ton of bromelain, an enzyme with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Exfoliating with bromelain gently removes older skin cells to reveal younger, softer skin beneath. Here’s what I did:

Salty Sour Pineapple Peel Body Scrub

1. Cut the top off the pineapple making sure to leave about 1-1/2″ of flesh below the leaves. Do no throw away the top—more on this later.

2. Cut the flesh into quarters.

3. Cut the flesh away from the skin leaving about 1/2″ of flesh. Do not throw away the skin!

4. Cut into small chunks. Eat plain, sprinkled lightly with sea salt, or enjoy big girl style.

Now, about that smooth skin:

Drizzle the pineapple skin with a few drops of your fave essential oil. Sweet Orange pairs nicely with the citrus-y goodness of pineapple. Sweet Orange essential oil can soothe tired muscles, and its scent can be uplifting.

Sprinkle with epsom salts which contains magnesium sulfate that draws toxins from the body and relaxes the muscles. Lastly, hit the shower and use the pineapple peel to exfoliate, much like you would with a loofah roll. Rinse well and enjoy butter soft skin. If you refrigerate the pineapple peel, you can use once more (within a week).

And the pineapple top that we saved from earlier?

Place the top in a shallow bowl of water so that the flesh is halfway submerged. Sit the bowl in a sunny window for 2 days. Then remove the pineapple top from the water and plant it in a container with potting soil. In 2 years (patience, Grasshopper), your humble pineapple top will look like this:

Nice, huh? Want more pineapple-y goodness? Check out Haley of Derby City Naturals recipes for Pineapple Juice Toner, Pineapple Restoring Mask, and (wait for it) Drunken Sponge Bob for the 21-and-uppers!

How do you take your pineapple? Do you have a unique way of preparing it? Ever used it in your beauty regimen?