Thursday, April 28, 2011
Make Your Own Moisturizing Sugar Scrub
Make your own sugar scrub using ingredients you have at home. You control the ingredients and can customize it based on your own preferences and/or available materials. Not only does it exfoliate but it leaves the skin silky soft. Never pay high prices for commercially produced sugar scrubs again.
1/4 cup olive oil*
1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar
essential oils for scent (optional)
sweet almond oil -- replace olive oil entirely or use in place of part of the olive oil
coconut oil -- replace olive oil entirely or use in place of part of the olive oil
jojoba oil -- replace about 1 teas to 1 Tbsp of the olive oil
vitamin E oil -- replace about 1 teas of the olive oil
**Optional Herbs --You can use whatever herbs you'd like or none at all. Suggestions include:
mint, lavender, chamomile, thyme, rosemary
I suggest making a small batch of plain olive oil sugar scrub and trying it to see what kind of results you get before tinkering with added ingredients. I find that plain sugar and olive oil works well for me and that the lack of additional scents or herbs makes this scrub usable by the whole family. It's a fantastic product to use on the hands and arms when getting done working in the garden, shop, or art studio.
In a small bowl, combine oil(s) and sugar. If using essential oils, add a few drops. If using herbs, add about 1 teas or so. Using a spoon, stir together sugar, oils, and optional ingredients. Place in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid.
If you find a layer of oil on the top of your scrub, just give the jar a shake to mix it in before opening.
To use on Face or Hands
After washing your face or hands, scoop out a marble-sized amount and rub the scrub onto the hands or face. Massage the scrub into the skin gently. If applying to face, be careful to avoid your eyes. Don't rub too vigorously. Allow the oil to sit for a minute or so and rinse off with warm water. If you find your skin seems oily after use, wash lightly with soap and water. If desired, follow-up with your favorite moisturizer for extra softness.
While showering, scoop a gumball-sized amount out of the jar and gently massage into skin. Rinse well and use a moisturizing body wash to cleanse the skin.