This is my favorite sugar scrub ever! I’ve been using it for a few years now and figured it was time to share it. It’s so easy to make and will leave your soft, smooth and supple. Sugar scrubs are great for your skin and aid in keeping it healthy by removing dead skin cells, lifting away dirt and excess oil, as well as stimulating circulation. Sugar naturally contains glycolic acid, which cleanses the skin and dissolves dead cells. It is also a humectant and won’t strip your skin of its precious natural oils. Get your glow on and feel the difference after one use.
There are three main types of sugar you can choose from:
Brown sugar is the least abrasive making it a choice good for those with sensitive skin. If you suffer from sIt’s also a good choice when making a face scrub. Since it is the gentlest, it can be used up to 4 times a week.
Pure cane sugar (unrefined white) is good for all skin types and contains some essential nutrients to feed the skin.
Turbinado sugar (raw) is naturally the coarsest due to its large granules and makes for a great body scrub. It is the least processed of the three and holds the most essential minerals. Use this sugar scrubs made with this sugar up to 2 times a week.
Personally, I tend to stick with pure cane sugar most of the time. It’s just right right for my skin. I encourage you to try the different types to see what works best for your skin type.
When I first started making this I used extra virgin olive oil but have since changed to jojoba and sweet almond oil. I recommend trying different oils to see what works best for you.
Other oils you may like to try are:
Hazelnut oil is a pale amber oil with a pleasant smell. Its similar to almond oil for which it’s often substituted. This oil is beneficial for oily skin because of its astringent qualities. It will absorb quickly and is useful as a base for oily or acne-prone skins.
Hemp seed oil is conditioning and regenerative. It is especially good for moisturizing dry, damaged skin and works well for eczema and psoriasis. It reduces skin aging and is anti-inflammatory. Hemp seed oil penetrates the skin quickly, some describe it as a dry oil. An opened container should be used within 2 to 4 weeks.
Sesame oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of its recommended uses are for psoriasis, eczema, arthritis and as a skin softener.
Walnut oil has good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient and toning properties.
Avocado oil is heavy in texture, yet soothing and leaves no greasy residue. Avocado oil supports skin elasticity, it’s nutrient rich and hydrating. Perfect for mature skin.
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins E and K which helps skin regenerate and maintain elasticity. It is also a natural UV blocker and promotes better circulation. It absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue and is a good choice for all skin types.
Olive oil penetrates deeply into skin making it good for overly dry skin. One reason olive oil is so powerful is because it’s a “humectant” which means it draws moisture into your skin. It also is good for soothing dry, itchy skin.
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s odor less, non-greasy and penetrates quickly. This is a good moisturizing conditioner and nourishes all skin types.
Coconut oil is moisturizing, conditioning and won’t clog your pores. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Look for unrefined coconut oil. Or try fractioned coconut oil as it is non-greasy.
Enjoy coming up with your own sugar scrub!
For this batch I used organic brown cane sugar, jojoba oil and a little lemon juice. I like the added lemon, it’s an uplifting aroma and is good for the skin.
At the end of showering, lightly pat your skin with a towel, leaving a little moisture and apply the scrub in a circular motion. I find to get the best results it helps to have a nice soak in the tub first, at least 20 minutes. This will help soften the outer layers of skin and make it easier to exfoliate. You’ll be left with beautiful, glowing, soft and supple skin.
Gather your ingredients and get your scrub on. It’s time to glow!
GLOW SCRUB (DIY BODY SUGAR SCRUB)
- 1 cup sugar of choice (organic pure cane, brown pure cane, turbinado, etc.)
- 3 tablespoons, give or take, sweet almond oil, jojoba or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract w/o alcohol
- few drops of vitamin E oil
- 1/2 small lemon, juice of
- or a few drops of your favorite essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, grapefruit, etc (see notes)
Mix: Place sugar in small/medium size container and add the oil 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. You want the consistency to be sandy, not soupy. If the mix is too soupy the sugars will dissolve in a day or two and not slough the skin as well, but you will still get added moister from the oil.
To use: At the end of showering, it’s best to pat the skin dry a bit and then rub in circular motions all over the body and rinse well. I find it works best after soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes. This will really loosen the skin making the scrub work at it’s best leaving your skin soft and supple!
Can be used 2 – 4 times a week (depending on the sugar type).
Do not consume if adding essential oils or research before you do to make sure they are ingestible, especially if you are pregnant.