Sugar scrubs obviously start with the same main ingredients. The great thing about these scrubs is they can be personalized for your skin type. Any retailer that carries makeup and beauty supplies will most likely have scrubs to fit a wide range of skin types. If you don’t feel like a trip to the store, you’ll often find many ingredients hanging out in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. DIY scrubs can be fun because they can be mellow and sweet or wildly fragrant depending on your skin’s mood.
Why are DIY scrubs a great addition to your skincare routine?
Sugar is a natural humectant. It draws water from the air to provide long lasting moisture retention. It’s also a natural source of the alpha-hydroxy acid called glycolic acid. The acids breakdown dead and dying skin cells to reveal fresh youthful looking skin. Plus, it exfoliates more gently than salt. Brown is best for faces and sensitive skin because exfoliates so gently, but since raw is coarse by nature, it is ideal for the body.
Keep the base ingredients at about a 75% to 25% ratio. So, one cup of brown or raw sugar (yes, you can use regular white if you have to) is mixed with 1/4 cup of oil. Olive, coconut and almond oils are popular choices. Once the base is mixed, feel free to add a few drops of essential oils.
Three Scrumptious Recipes
Brown sugar and honey scrubs is perfect for killing germs on the face as it removes dead skin cells and excess sebum (oil). Mix oil and honey together first. Add liquid to the sugar until consistency is to your liking.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp honey
Lime sugar scrub is great for smoothing skin all over your body. Bursts of citrus revitalize your senses. Skin is buffed smooth and flakiness is sent on its way.
1/2 cup raw coarse sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
grated lime peel
Chocolate mocha sugar scrub boosts spirits while it exfoliates to leave behind fresh skin perked up a bit by the added coffee. Mix dry ingredients first. Gradually add the oil until it reaches prime consistency. Add vanilla and give it a stir. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 months.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup of coconut or almond oil
1 tbsp of cocoa power
1 tsp coffee grounds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract