Got dull and lackluster skin? Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating, polishing & hydrating skin, leaving gorgeous glowing skin. You will feel like you just stepped out of a luxury spa.
This exfoliating sugar scrub recipe is inexpensive and easy to make. It is made with essential oils for an all-natural aromatherapy scent. This is a delightful sugar scrub to use in your morning shower or bath.
This DIY recipe makes a great gift when packaged in a pretty container and decorative label or gift tag place on it. High-end spas charge up to $30 for these kinds of sugar scrubs, it will cost you only a few dollars to make yourself.
How to Exfoliate Using Sugar Scrubs
Our skin is our most important organ. In its way, the skin is more powerful than a lung, a kidney, and the other organs we commonly name. It is our skin that acts as a protective shield for our entire system. The intricate layers of tissue ensure that infections, bacteria, and other dangers cannot get in to hurt us.
Because our skin is so important to our health, it is continually renewing and replenishing itself. That means that the outer layer of skin we see is actually the dead layer. That’s the layer we’re shedding off, as fresh skin grows from beneath.
The dead skin layer can easily clog pores and cause other problems. It’s important we regularly exfoliate off that dead skin layer so that our body’s immune system can work as healthily as possible.
What Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of gently removing off the dead outer skin layer so that the healthy skin beneath has access to oxygen and other nutrients. The key is to do this in a manner that takes away the dead skin without damaging in any way the lower layers of healthy skin.
The act of exfoliation also stimulates blood circulation beneath and throughout the skin. That ensures more nutrients are brought in to keep the skin healthy and strong.
While there are several techniques to do exfoliation, one of the safest and gentlest is by using a sugar scrub.
What Is A Sugar Scrub?
A sugar scrub is a mixture of sugar with other ingredients which is used to gently rub away at that top layer of dead skin, to encourage it to fall off. It doesn’t harm the lower levels of healthy skin. Part of sugar’s chemical composition includes glycolic acid. This mild form of acid helps encourage that dead skin to separate apart and come off your body.
Also, physically, sugar is made up of granules. The granules aren’t as “spiky” like salt, so if you were to look at a sugar scrub vs a salt scrub, the sugar scrub would be softer on the skin. It would do its job as an exfoliant without damaging the skin’s lower layers. This is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
When to Use a Sugar Scrub?
Most people aim for twice a week with their sugar scrub. That gives the new skin time to grow, mature, and then reach the end of its cycle when it needs to have its own scrub action. The key is to be gentle each time. You are just taking off the very top layer of dead skin. You are giving the new fresh skin beneath its chance to reach oxygen and to do its job of maintaining the body’s health.
Performing a sugar scrub exfoliation helps ensure that any moisturizers or other treatments work most effectively. Those lotions no longer have to fight their way through the dead skin layers to do their job. They have full and direct access to healthy skin layers.
It’s also important to note that the sun now has more direct access to the tender healthy skin after a sugar scrub exfoliation. If you’re going out into a sunny environment, make sure to put on sunscreen. You want to ensure the new skin is protected from the UV rays.
Scrub Your Whole Body
It’s easy sometimes to focus on the face because that’s what we see most readily in the mirror. But keep in mind that your skin is protecting your entire body. It’s important that all of your skin be healthy and nourished.
Make the time to sugar scrub your hands and feet. They can sometimes develop callouses or other conditions due to hard use. Bring those parts back into full health with a gentle scrub. The arms, legs, and other body parts also need some tender attention.
It’s usually best to do the body exfoliation in a bathtub, where you can easily rinse away the excess material without much fuss.
Different types of sugar work well for different body parts. Brown sugar tends to be softer and works well for the facial areas and other tender areas. Granulated sugar might be perfect for your hands and feet.
You know your own body best – experiment with different types of sugar to see which works best for you. It could be that some times of year you prefer the softer varieties while at other times of year you need the more rugged options.
Exfoliating your skin is an important part of any healthy body care routine. It ensures the dead skin is removed, the healthy skin has access to oxygen, and that any other lotions you apply reach their destination.
Healthy skin is a critical part of your body’s immune system defenses. Do your part to maintain your body’s skin health. It will bring you precious gifts of energy and better health.
Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils
Brown sugar is the sugar used in this recipe. It will naturally exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and uncovering fresh new skin. Fractionated coconut oil will hydrate the skin and leave it moisturized and renewed. Ginger essential oil is warming and uplifting oil. The aroma is empowering and energizing.
- 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Fractionated Coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 20 drops Ginger essential oil
- 20 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- Recycled jar (jelly jars work great)
1. Add all ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
2. Transfer to the container of choice with lid.
3. To use, take a small amount in hand (about 1 tablespoon) and rub onto the body. Rinse off well and dry the skin. Use caution in the bathtub or shower as the oil can make the stall slippery.
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