How to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub
You may have seen our last article on making your own salt scrub. Whats next? Sugar scrub!! After this past winter I think all of our bodies could use this addition to our shower…and baths, too! Within this article, I will tell you how your skin benefits from using a scrub regularly. I will also give you a quick how-to on making your own. This is a great DIY for beginners that are just getting their feet wet (and scrubbed). Before you know it, you’ll be headed to your bathroom with an amazing, moisturizing, homemade sugar scrub in hand. It really is that easy – and your skin deserves it!
By the addition of sugar scrub to your cleansing process, it adds many beneficial things. One of the 1st things you will notice is how well it exfoliates.
The obvious exfoliator will be the main ingredient, sugar cane. How rough you want it depends on how well you pulse it in a food processor, or even if you don’t blend it at all, giving you the roughest grade of scrub. There are also additives for a more exfoliating experience. Coffee grounds are probably the most popular. Unused coffee grounds are a really good exfoliator with beneficial properties. Caffeine, not surprisingly, gets that blood awake, excited and pulls it to your skin’s surface, therefore helping improve your skin’s elasticity. So it’s not just for feet – it is for your tummy, thighs and definitely for your chest! Keep that in mind when you’re making a batch…you want enough to spread all over your body a few times.
One really good thing about making products at home is that you finally get to use things that you had set aside for who knows why. For example, that rose bouquet you get every year for your birthday. You hate to throw them away and now is the time you can finally use them! If you hung them up as decoration, they are probably plenty dried out by now. Take a couple of those buds off (no thorns please!!) and throw them into a processor. Flowers are nature’s astringent, a very gentle one at that. Pretty much any flower can be used, some better than others, depending on what you are looking for. Chamomile and lavender are great calming flowers that have a very lovely smell to them. Calendula is also a really good toner for the skin.
The other important quality of a scrub that goes hand in hand with exfoliating, is moisturizing. After you give yourself a good scrub down, your body is ready for a nice moisturizing session. Fortunately with a scrub, you get both at the same time. Depending on your body type will depend on what oil you use. Grape seed and avocado oil are great for the more oily skin type. Almond and olive oil will be for a more combination/dry skin.
Now it’s time to make your own. Consider this a very basic recipe, and use your knowledge and imagination to cater to your body’s specific needs. If your skin is on the oiler side, maybe substitute the almond oil for grape seed oil or simply just cut back on the measurements. Add as many additives as you like. You can’t go wrong with flowers, herbs, ginger – even dried orange peel has some great properties. Have fun and remember to take care of your body’s largest organ, your skin.
- 1 c Organic Sugar Cane
- ¼ tsp Coffee Grounds (unused)
- 1 tbsp organic rolled oats
- 1tbsp crushed, dried flowers/herbs (ex. Calendula, lavender, rose, sage, rosemary,)
- 1 tbsp almond oil
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
- ¼ tsp lavender essential oil (calming) ~~OR~~ ¼ tsp peppermint essential oil (rejuvenating)
- ¼ tsp or 2 capsules Vitamin E oil (the natural preservative)
(optional) For a less coarse approach, use a food processor. Add all dry ingrediants, then add your oils. Process until your desired constancy.
Shower: Best if used immediately after you rinse off your soap. Scrub generously over your entire body or desired areas, and rinse off. Pat dry. Voila! Moisturized skin that is so soft.
Bath: Use at the beginning of your bath so your skin can soak up all the goodness when rinsed. It’s a great pregame for shaving and gets those legs extra soft.
Face: Gently exfoliates dry skin from face.
Lips: Gently exfoliates dry skin for smooth, soft lips.
With all homemade products that have either a natural preservative or none, bacteria will always be something that needs to be on the mind. In this recipe we are using Vitamin E as the preservative which gives it a little extension of a shelf life (6 months) if not used and stored in an air tight container, away from direct sun light. If you take your homemade scrub into the shower and any water gets in the container, bacteria will grow quickly and your product will go bad. If not using a preservative, stored in an air tight container and in the fridge should give you about a week of use. You can also just portion out small amounts to make sure zero water gets in.
So now that you know the basics to making your own sugar scrub, have fun, get creative and be resourceful. Making your own products is one of the best things you can start doing for your skin. It is relatively inexpensive, and when you start listening and knowing what your body needs, the possibilities are limitless. Enjoy!