The reason that sugar is used in many of the scrubs is its effectively exfoliating and moisturizing characteristic. The sugar scrubs that you see in departmental stores and expensive spas are actually very easy to make and cost you just a few bucks. Then why should you spend on the things which you can make yourself? Now, you might be thinking, “How to make a sugar scrub?” In this article, we are going to tell you about making different kinds of sugar scrubs and other useful information regarding scrubbing.
Following are some most effective sugar scrubs for a smooth and silky skin. Follow the instructions and make any scrub according to your choice.
Coconut Oil And Sugar Scrub
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 3 capsules of Vitamin E
- 1 tbsp of honey
- ½ cup of sugar
- This recipe will give approximately two and a half cup of scrub. So be careful to take a container that is huge enough to store this quantity. Or else you will have to use few small containers.
- Pour three tablespoons of coconut oil in the container. Well, you can also cut two to three capsules of Vitamin E and add it to the coconut oil in the container. On doing this, it is advisable that you let the scrub soak into your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
- Now, pour some honey in the container. We advise that the thicker types of honey are much better compared to the thinner ones.
- Finally, add half a cup of sugar. Choosing the type of sugar for scrubs plays an important role in its effect. The raw sugar will treat the skin harshly, while the white sugar will prove to be least harmful and harsh to the skin. Brown sugar is moderately harsh.
- Mix everything well. The texture of the scrub should be coarse and moist. If it is too smooth, add some more sugar. If the scrub feels very dry, add some more coconut oil to it.
- Use the scrub as per your need and store the remaining on a counter or a place that is out of reach of ants. Do not store the sugar scrub in the fridge, as it may become very hard.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
- ½ tsp of ginger
- ½ tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ tsp of all spice
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
- ½ tsp of nutmeg
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of almond oil
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except the oils.
- Now add the coconut oil and the almond oil slowly till you get the required consistency of the scrub.
- Use the scrub as per your need. Store the remaining scrub in a mason jar.
Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub
- 2 tsp of lemon essential oil
- 2 tsp of lavender essential oil
- 2 tbsp of natural honey
- 1 cup of raw cane sugar
- 2 tbsp of dried rosemary
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- Add all the prescribed ingredients to a bowl.
- Gradually, add both the oils till you get a perfect consistency for the scrub.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars
- ½ cup of melt and pour soap
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ½ tsp of peppermint essential oil
- Colorant (optional – red mica)
- 1 cup of raw sugar
- Melt the shredded soap using a double boiler. You can also microwave it for about fifteen seconds. But take care to keep stirring it in between.
- Add coconut oil and peppermint oil to it till all the ingredients mix up well.
- Divide the mixture amongst two bowls. Add mica to one of the bowls and stir until the color becomes uniform.
- Take one bowl at a time and add the raw sugar to each one of them. The mixture should have a slushy consistency.
- Pour the mixture into molds and let the mixture set and dry for 1 or 2 hours. Then unmold and you can use the bars for scrubbing.
Vanilla Tea Sugar Scrub
- 5 tea bags
- ½ cup of coarse white sugar
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
- 5 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 tsp of honey
- 15 drops of vanilla essence oil or extract
- Cut open the tea bags and empty the contents into a bowl.
- Add both types of sugar and the powdered cinnamon to the bowl.
- Add coconut oil, honey and vanilla essence to the bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
- Store the mixture in a jar. You can store this scrub for an entire year, in clean conditions.
Oatmeal Honey Sugar Scrub
- ½ cup of oats
- 1 and half cup of sugar
- ¼ cup of baby oil
- ¼ cup of honey
- Add oatmeal to a medium sized bowl
- Add the sugar to it
- Gently add baby oil and honey to the bowl
- Mix till the desired consistency is achieved
Whipped Grapefruit And Mint Sugar Scrub
- Grapefruit zest
- 1 tbsp of grapefruit juice
- ½ cup of white sugar
- ½ cup of coconut oil (firm)
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
- 20 drops of grapefruit oil
- ¼ tsp of beet juice
- Add solidified coconut oil and sugar to a bowl. Mix them till a thick consistency is received.
- Add the grapefruit zest, juice and oil, as well as peppermint oil and beet juice to the mixture.
- Blend the mixture using a blender till it becomes fluffy.
- Store in a glass jar and use the scrub according to your need.
Mint Cucumber Sugar Scrub
- 2 tbsp of fresh mint leaves
- 1 long cucumber
- 2 and a half cups of granulated sugar
- 4 tbsp of olive oil
- Mix the fresh mint leaves and cucumber pieces using a blender and make a puree.
- Add the puree, sugar and olive oil to a bowl. Stir thoroughly. If you want a firm and more coarse mixture, then you can add more sugar to the mixture.
- Store the mixture in a glass jar
Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub
- 1 and half cup of sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 piece of apple
- Extract of cinnamon
- Cinnamon powder
- Puree the apple using a blender till tiny chunks are formed.
- Add coconut oil, cinnamon powder, cinnamon extract and sugar to a bowl.
- Store the mixture in a refrigerator.
Benefits Of Sugar Scrubs:
- Sugar is a natural ingredient. So your skin gets exfoliation without coming in contact with any harsh chemicals.
- The skin becomes soft and smooth by the removal of all the dead skin.
- The blood circulation increases in the skin.
- Brown sugar is very helpful in unclogging the pores.
- The alpha hydroxyl acid and glycolic acid present in sugar help to maintain the oil balance in the skin.
- Sugar contains chemicals that do not allow toxins to harm the cells of your skin. So the aging process in your skin slows down.
- Compared to salt scrub, sugar scrub leaves skin with more moisture. Salt dries up the skin along with exfoliation.
- Sugar is versatile and can be combined with various ingredients for making scrubs.
How To Exfoliate Your Face?
- If you have bangs or long hair, then tie them backward from your face, with the help of a hair-band.
- Keep a clean washcloth or a rag under warm tap water and make it damp. Keep the wet cloth on your face for 1 to 2 minutes, in such a way that your face is covered completely. Doing this will open up your skin pores.
- Firstly, it is necessary to clear off the face from any impurity or oil, after getting off the cloth. A clear face will make sure that the scrubbing gets more effective.
- Make a sugar scrub by any of the techniques given above. You can use the ingredients of your choice and according to the need of your skin.
- Now, gently rub the scrub on your face making circular motions. You can either use your hands or a washcloth to for scrubbing. Exfoliate each and every part of your face to get an evenly textured skin surface.
- Rinse the face with water that is warm in temperature. Then pour some cold water on your face, so that the pores become closed. Washing the face thoroughly and in a proper way is must. Or else, the sugar that has stuck to your face will make it stretchy and sticky.
- After rinsing the face with water, pat dry it with a clean and soft cloth.
- Moisturize your face while it still feels moist.
What Things To Keep In Mind For Scrubbing?
- Always avoid hot water, rather use warm water while scrubbing. Hot water will damage your skin by making the pores larger.
- Do not use scrubs made for the body to exfoliate your face. Use only the scrubs that are manufactured for the face.
- Always rub your face with the scrub in circular motions.
- Apply moisturizer after scrubbing and washing your face. This will leave your skin your skin smooth and soft.
- Do not apply any kind of make-up within few hours after scrubbing.
- The best time to exfoliate your skin is in the morning because the skin heals all the wear and tear to its cells during the whole night.
- Moreover, do not scrub after shaving the hair on your body.
- Be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin, as the tiny granules in the scrub may scar your skin. Exfoliate only two times in a week.
- If you exfoliate twice a week, you should not do it on two consecutive days. Instead, keep rests between the days of exfoliation to let your skin heal and regenerate.
- In case of running short of time, you can mix your cleanser and scrub for massaging your skin.
- When you are scrubbing, do not miss to use the scrub and the tools on the lips and neck part too.
- For women who have a very sensitive or blemish-prone skin, exfoliating is not suitable or advisable.
- Before buying any product, test them at the back portion of your hand.
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
First of all, let me tell you that you should never exfoliate your face daily. If you do it daily, your skin may become rough, dry and patchy, in the long run of time. The frequency of scrubbing or exfoliation depends on the type of the skin of an individual. Following are some suggestions regarding scrubbing based on different skin types:
Most of the people believe that if you have dry skin the problem will worsen upon exfoliating. This is not a true fact. In fact, exfoliating the skin will help to hydrate it and make the coming of new skin cells easier. People with dry skin can scrub twice a week. Avoid using the sugar scrubs that are combines with citrus ingredients to retain the moisture on your face.
The basic rule for oily skin is that the oilier is your skin, the more frequently you should exfoliate it. Remember not to use hot water to get rid of the oils on your skin. Instead, use warm water. Avoid using sugar scrubs that are combined with lots of oils. Or else, there is a risk of breakouts in the skin.
Normal Skin and Combination Skin
People with such skin types can exfoliate twice or thrice a week.