These days people spend so much money on body scrubs, exfoliants, skin care, and the like. I wonder if people knew how simple it is to make many of those things and how much better they are for you, if they’d change their way of thinking.
Making your own sugar scrub for a quick facial is better for your skin than all the harsh chemicals in most facial cleansers and I’m betting it’s cheaper too!
Here are a few ideas for you to try:
Homemade scrubs require a natural exfoliate, sugar, salt, baking soda, fennel seeds or even coffee grounds. These work to remove dead skin by scrubbing them away. These are better for the environment than the microbeads found in many store bought scrubs which never disintegrate and end up littering our waterways and sources.
To keep things simple, use sugar as an exfoliant. It’s most popular of all the natural exfoliant and it’s heavenly on the skin. I recommend sugar that has small granules that won’t tear the skin. A basic table salt works great, I use Epson salt, and grind it in my Black and Decker grinder
. Dark Brown Sugar, Coconut sugar is also wonderful.
Of course, you gotta have Oil!
You can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil – anything similar.
Important to remember… use 1 Part Oil, 2 parts sugar
This is the part to remember, you want 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar, place anywhere from a few teaspoons to a cup of sugar, and half that amount in oil. Mix with a spoon or your fingers.
Throw in some extras; but only if you want to.
Now that you figured out your main ingredients, it time to have fun with these possible additives for improved performance and smell.
- Coffee grounds – Add a couple tablespoons to your body scrub for extra exfoliating awesomeness. I have read over and over how great it is for your skin
- Essential Oils – If you want your scrub to smell divine, put a few drops of essential oil in your mixture
- Honey – To make your scrub even more moisturizing add a few drops of honey
- Mint – Muddle it up or put in the blender first
- Lemon Zest – Lemons are natural astringents and toners
- Tea Leaves – After you have had your tea, bust open the bag and use the tea leaves as part of your scrub, it’s a natural skin brightener