This might sound weird, but friends of mine constantly comment on how soft my arms are. I always give credit to my trusty sugar scrub. Summer is almost here, and if you plan to spend more time outdoors (safely, I hope), you’re going to want to treat your skin with some exfoliation to get rid of dull skin from winter! It is so easy to make your own sugar scrub. I stopped buying body scrub from stores a few years ago once I realized I could create my own custom scrub with minimal effort. And now, so can you!
BENEFITS OF MAKING YOUR OWN SUGAR SCRUB
While my Sunday Skincare routine is still one of my favorite pamper-myself times of the week, exfoliating my skin comes as a close second. Not only does exfoliating help your skin’s cell turnover and aid in keeping an even skin tone, but it also increases circulation and your skin’s ability to absorb moisture.
When I started making my own scrub, I went in my memory bank to choose a carrier oil that my skin loved. For me, that’s Sweet Almond Oil. Other oils that can be used for scrubs are coconut, jojoba, argan, and olive.
The natural scent of the oil is enough of a scent for some (especially the sensitive skin crowd), but if you want to add your favorite essential oils, you absolutely can.
Some of my favorite blends include:
- Ylang-ylang + Sandalwood (which is what I used for this scrub)
- Eucalyptus + Spearmint
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR SCRUB
- 1 jar (wide-mouthed). I reused a small mason jar but you could reuse an old skincare container!
- 1 cup of sugar. I used organic cane sugar.
- 3/4 cup of your carrier oil. I used Sweet Almond oil.
- Essential oils for fragrance. I used Uplift by Everyone by EO Products with ylang-ylang
- Juice from a lemon, lime, grapefruit, and other citrus oils – great for brightening!
- Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into the jar.
- Pour half of the oil into the jar and mix ingredients.
- Add the rest of the sugar to the mixture, followed by the oil.
- Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Mix all ingredients.
Use 1 tablespoon as needed in the shower. Scrub skin with the mixture and rinse well. It will leave your skin feeling like silk. Goodbye dry skin!
- Pay attention to your sugar scrub’s consistency. If it’s too watery, you’ll want to add more sugar. If you like a rougher scrub, make sure it has a sand-like texture.
- Replace the top of your scrub after every use to keep excess moisture out. That’ll keep your scrub bacteria-free so it lasts longer.
- Using the scrub in the tub? Soak for a bit and then use the scrub. Your skin will absorb the oil much easier once your skin has softened and with a sugar buff, your skin will glow!