Sugar is an excellent exfoliate because it melts when it hits moisture so you won’t over scrub like you might with a pumice exfoliate, plus it won’t clog your drains.
Salt scrubs can be dangerous to your skin as the size of the grain can cause microscopic tears. Use salt scrubs for stronger skin like the bottoms of your feet.
Brown sugar can be used as an exfoliate on your face or for sensitive skin because it has smaller particles and is softer than other sugars.
Easy Body Scrub Recipe:
- 2 parts salt or sugar
- 1 part beauty oil + a couple drops of essential oil
Step 1: Choose Your Salt or Sugar Exfoliate
Salts (listed finer to courser)
- Fine Salt
- Table Salt
- Sea Salt
- Kosher Salt
- Epsom Salt
Sugars (listed finer to courser)
- Fine Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Turbinado (raw sugar)
Step 2: Choose a Beauty Oil
- Apricot oil – for sensitive skin
- Avocado oil – for dry skin
- Coconut oil – for moisturizing
- Grape seed oil – for oily skin, acne prone skin
- Jojoba oil – for moisturizing all skin types – great for acne-prone skin
- Olive oil – great for moisturizing (but has a strong smell) – great for dry skin but will clog pores of acne-prone skin
- Sesame oil – anti-oxidant properties
- Almond oil – great for moisturizing for all skin types
- Vitamin E oil – for healing & moisturizing
Step 3: Choose Your Fragrance
There are many options for adding a lovely smell to your homemade scrub. You can use scents from your kitchen like vanilla extract or lemon peel, or you can use essential oils.
- oily skin – lemon, cedarwood, cypress and juniper
- dry skin – rose, lavender, geranium and sandalwood
- sensitive skin – neroli and chamomile
- mature skin – frankincense, myrrh, clary sage, lavender and neroli
Ground up oatmeal makes a nice addition.
Storing Your Body Scrub
Store your scrub in the refrigerator and it should last for about 4 weeks.
Store just a small amount in the shower for using.
If your scrub starts to smell funny throw it out and make a new batch.
Mix the oil into the sugar slowly. Keep the consistency smooth and stop once you can form the mixture into a ball.
Add the essential oils last, a couple drops will probably be sufficient. Make sure they are pure essential oils.
Pure essential oils have been extracted from plants. “Fragrance oils” are chemicals fakes that can cause irritation or allergic reactions. Also make sure the essential oils you choose are ones that are good for the skin.
Have fun mixing up a yummy concoction for your skin! Use your sugar scrub to scrub away dead skin cells and make way for the healthier, glowing skin to show through.
Yours In Beauty,