Looking for a DIY solution for dull, dry skin? Honey and sugar are a winning combination to beautify skin. Together they exfoliate, moisturize and clarify skin, leaving healthy, glowing skin.
Another great thing about this sugar and honey scrub is that you can pamper yourself for pennies at home!
I am sure you have honey and sugar in your pantry, right? Raw honey is best as it has more beneficial properties over processed honey but you can use either.
Whether you want a light scrub or a deep one, sugar is the perfect ingredient because of its ability to dissolve so easily in water. This recipe uses white sugar but you can substitute brown sugar if you prefer.
4 Benefits of Honey Sugar Scrub
Sugar scrubs can be used to moisturize your skin! Sugar scrubs have many benefits, including exfoliating dead skin cells and removing unwanted oils from the surface of your skin.
Here are some of the benefits you may enjoy from this homemade body scrub recipe.
1. Glowing Complexion
Sugar scrubs are very popular, ever wonder why? Sugar is excellent at exfoliating dry, dead skin cells. When the dead cells are sloughed off, it allows the renewed skin to glow, leaving a brighter complexion.
Honey also encourages exfoliation, as it contains a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids that helps with cell regeneration.
2. Cleansing to Skin
Honey (raw honey is best) is antibacterial, which helps get bacteria off skin and assists with skin impurities. Honeys anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help with skin healing and tissue regeneration.
Sugar, when used as a gentle scrub to massage skin, can increase circulation to aid skin healing and cell turnover.
3. Skin Moisturizing
Honey is the perfect humectant, meaning it has a natural ability to hold onto water. This is why honey is hydrating. It is also loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish and moisturize skin.
4. Clarifying for Skin
The enzymes in honey help to clarify the skin, keeping pores clear and unclogged. The exfoliating action of honey and sugar also keep the skin and pores clean and clear.
Sugar Honey Scrub Ingredients
Besides the sugar and honey, here are the other ingredients you will need.
We use sweet almond oil in our recipe for additional moisturizing and skin care benefits. Some other carrier oils you could use are:
Some other add in options are vitamin E oil and essential oils. Essential oil can add scent and additional essential oil benefits.
Honey and Sugar Scrub Recipe for Body
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. You can use your choice of essential oils, see below for a few good combinations. Once all blended together, place into jar. Be sure to label jars and put the date made on it. Should use within one month since it is an all natural product.
How to Use Sugar Scrub Body Scrub?
Take a small amount of honey sugar scrub and apply it to body by massage onto skin for 3-5 minutes. Pay particular attention to dry area like elbows and knees.
Once body scrub has been applied to desired area, rinse off with warm water. After homemade body scrub is rinsed off, dry skin with a soft towel and apply moisturizer or body oil.
Optional Sugar Scrub for Face: You can use this recipe on your face but you will want to make sure that your sugar is fine, otherwise it may be to abrasive for delicate facial tissue. I personally like to use brown sugar for face scrub recipes because it has a softer texture. Facial tissue is more delicate so you will need less drops of essential oils (cut amount in half).
Recipe Tips: Recipe makes about 4 oz, usually good for about 4 treatments if you are using around 2 tablespoons per use. You can use a 4 oz glass jar to store sugar scrub, but if you plan on taking in the shower, plastic jars are safer.
Essential Oil Blends for Scrubs
Using the recipe above, try these different essential oil blends for unique experience. Pick the one that matches your desired experience.
Add in 6 drops of Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) and 4 drops of Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
Add in 5 drops of Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) and 5 drops of Tangerine essential oil (Citrus reticulata)
Add 6 drops of Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) and 4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Add 6 drops of Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) and 4 drops of Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub for Lips
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Once all blended together, place into small jar. To use, take a pea size amount and rub onto wet lips. Rub gently on lips for about one minute then rinse off and pat dry. Apply lip balm after. Should be used within one month since it is an all natural product.
Where to Buy Essential Oils?
If you are looking to buy essential oils to use in your skincare recipes, be sure to buy only 100% pure essential oils. Check out some of our favorite essential oil companies: