Our skin is our largest organ. It protects us and keeps us safe from the outside world, but it also shows the wear and tear that we put on ourselves. Aging, environmental stressors, poor diet, and sleep deprivation all contribute to the skin’s fatigue.
While you can’t control your genetics or how often you get to sleep in, you can control what you put on your skin. The first step of any beauty regimen should be exfoliation; dead skin cells can cause breakouts, dullness, and uneven tone.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells using a mechanical or chemical process. Exfoliating scrubs use sugar or salt as a mechanical exfoliant while chemical exfoliants use acids such as alpha-hydroxy-acids or beta-hydroxy-acids to remove dead cells. Both types of exfoliation are important in preventing clogged pores and dullness. Sugar scrubs are also an easy way to get rid of ingrown hairs leftover from shaving or waxing.
Sugar scrubs are ideal for sensitive skin as they gently polish away dead skin without irritation. Sugar is a natural humectant so it pulls moisture into the skin instead of drying it out like many other scrubs might do.
When it comes to exfoliation, there are several ways you can go. You may choose to use an AHA product like our Tropical Fruits Skin Smoothing Mask or our Glycolic Acid Toner. These products are great at helping to exfoliate the surface of your skin, removing dead cells and leaving behind a smooth complexion. However, if you’re looking for something that’s truly effective, yet gentle enough for daily use, try using a sugar scrub!
Sugar scrubs are incredibly easy to make and customize – not only with the ingredients you choose, but also with the texture of the scrub itself. For example, if you have normal skin, you may opt for a scrub that has slightly larger grains. This will help to remove dead cells without being too harsh on your skin. Similarly, if you have sensitive skin or tend to get red easily, you can skip the large grains and use smaller ones instead.
What exactly is a sugar scrub, you ask? A sugar scrub is a type of body scrub that’s commonly used to exfoliate and moisturize your skin. It’s made with sugar (duh), but it also contains nourishing ingredients like pure honey, lemon and essential oils.
Sugar scrubs work by gently removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. They leave skin feeling soft and smooth without stripping away beneficial moisture. But the benefits don’t stop there: Sugar scrubs are also great for boosting circulation and promoting healthy cell turnover, which can give your complexion a gorgeous glow.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s go over how to make your own sugar scrub at home. It takes about five minutes to whip up, and you can customize it with your favorite essential oils or natural scents.
Exfoliating is important for everyone, but it’s even more important for people who have dry skin. We’ve talked about how to make your own sugar scrub before, but now we want to focus on why you need a sugar scrub in your life — and what it can do for you.
If you don’t have a sugar scrub in your shower or bath, we highly recommend that you get one. It will exfoliate your skin and leave it glowing and fresh!
Dry skin is more prone to flaking, which makes exfoliation even more important.
Do you know the difference between a sugar scrub and an exfoliating cleanser? Both cleanse the skin, but a sugar scrub also buffs away dry patches of skin (i.e., dead skin cells). And it leaves behind a light moisturizer (usually oil) as well. If you have dry skin, this extra moisturizer can go a long way toward making your face feel soft and supple.
Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. They leave your skin feeling fresh and glowing after each use. Here are some tips to help you get started with a sugar scrub:
1. If you have sensitive skin, try to find a facial sugar scrub. The grains in sugar scrubs can be rough on sensitive skin, so it is important to find one that is specifically formulated for the face.
2. If you don’t have sensitive skin, try using a body scrub in the shower or bath. Body scrubs will typically have larger grains of sugar that are more suitable for the body.
3. To use, apply the sugar scrub on damp skin and rub in a circular motion to exfoliate. Focus on rough areas like knees, elbows and feet. Rinse off completely and pat dry with a towel.
There are a ton of products out there that promise to exfoliate your skin, but many of them contain harsh chemicals or additives that can be irritating. I’ve been making my own sugar scrub for about a year now and it’s very easy to make, it feels great on the skin, and it’s basically like getting a spa treatment at home.
You will need:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil (I use olive)
10-15 drops essential oil (I use lavender)
Glass jar with lid (I got mine at Target in the travel section)
1. Pour brown sugar into glass jar.
2. Add oil and essential oil and stir until well mixed.
3. To use, rub on wet skin to exfoliate and moisturize. Rinse off with warm water. I typically use this at night after washing my face before applying moisturizer and makeup remover.
This recipe makes enough for 2-3 applications depending on how much you apply each time. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months or keep it out of the fridge for several weeks so long as you keep it clean and only put clean hands in
A scrub is a great way to exfoliate and invigorate your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean. A popular choice for a scrub is sugar, because it is cheap and easy to use. The best time to apply a scrub is before you shave, as the granules will help to lift the hairs on your face or legs, making them easier to cut. You can also use a scrub on your lips to get rid of any dry or dead skin.
Before you make a scrub, be sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients that you choose to include. If you have sensitive skin, try using less coarse ingredients such as olive oil or honey. You can also try reducing the number of essential oils that you use, as they may be too harsh for your skin.