A homemade sugar scrub is just the thing you need to treat your skin to some good old-fashioned all-organic pampering. The combination of oil and sugar in this recipe exfoliates your skin, seals in moisture, reduces clogged pores, removes fine lines, and leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.
If you find yourself constantly disappointed by your rigorous and complicated beauty regimen, it is likely that you are missing out on one vital ritual that is a prerequisite for any skin care remedy to work.
Begin every skin restorative therapy with a good dose of gentle scrubbing, and see the magic unfold. Regular exfoliation is key for face masks and nourishing creams to work as it allows them to penetrate deeper into the skin and bring out the glow from within. However, you should be careful while selecting the ingredients you use for exfoliation.
White sugar, in particular, is excellent for exfoliating delicate skin as it helps remove dead skin cells gently. Plus, being a humectant, it absorbs moisture from the air and replenishes your skin.
The other wonder ingredient that makes the scrub we’re going to make a therapeutic skin treasure is olive oil. It is an essential component of every good exfoliating scrub and acts as a moisturizing agent that keeps the skin from getting irritated and parched. Enriched with vitamin E, fatty acids, and a host of minerals, extra-virgin olive oil is a panacea for fixing a string of skin issues, including acne scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. What’s more, olive oil works like a charm on all skin types, including acne-prone and oily skin.
Lastly, the entire remedy is brought together with a dash of essential oils. A wide variety of these aromatic potions are available on the market to choose from, each with their own respective skin benefits. For instance, the citrusy smell that is characteristic of orange essential oils rejuvenates your mood or works as a sedative to take the edge off your stress. It boasts antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as well. Lavender essential oil, on the other hand, is another popular ingredient in sugar scrubs that is prized for inducing a calming effect.
How to Prepare Your Homemade Sugar Scrub
Things You Will Need:
- Granulated sugar
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- An essential oil of your choice
- A mixing bowl
- A spoon
- A glass container
1. Put 1 cup of sugar in a bowl and add 1/3 cup of olive oil and 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice (we used orange essential oil here).
2. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
3. Store your homemade sugar scrub in a glass jar.
How to Use
You can use this scrub on your face as well as on your hands, elbows, knees, feet, and other parts of your body. Apply it once or twice a week.
- Slather your homemade sugar scrub on your skin.
- Massage the scrub over the skin, avoiding any cuts or areas with broken skin.
- Remove the mixture using a wet washcloth.
- Wash your skin with water.
- Follow with a moisturizer.
- If you do not have an essential oil, you can use lemon juice (half a lemon should be enough) and lemon zest in this recipe. It is excellent for your skin because it is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
- You may replace the olive oil with coconut oil, canola oil, or almond oil.
- Store the recipe in a wide-mouthed container. Make sure you wash and dry the container beforehand.
- If you are preparing a natural scrub for your body, you may use sea salt instead of sugar.
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