With Spring in the air, most of us are done with winter’s dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. Regular at home sugar scrubs are a wonderful way to exfoliate and hydrate your skin. The benefits of a sugar scrub are numerous:
- Sugar exfoliates and cleanses the skin.
- Alpha-hydroxy rich sugar breaks up dead skin cells and stimulates cell rejuvenation.
- A body scrub promotesmore uniform skin color and texture.
- The oils hydrate skin without clogging pores.
- The lymphatic system is stimulated, flushing toxin and increasing immunity.
- Exfoliating helps to heal blemishes, absorb dirt and oil from pores, and balance the natural oils in the skin
Sugar and oil are the only ingredients needed for an effective home scrub. Mix ½ cup sugar with approximately ¼ cup oil. Enough oil should be used so as to create a slushy consistency. Almond oil, grapeseed oil or even olive oil will work beautifully. Avoid mineral oils as they clog pores and won’t absorb into the skin. Have a small bowl of water available to assist with dissolving the scrub into your skin.
The amount of scrub needed is far less than anticipated. Start with a quarter-sized dollop and begin working it into your skin. Dip your fingers into the water bowl as needed to moisten and lubricate. The intention is to completely dissolve the mixture into your skin. The initial exfoliation will occur from the grains of sugar. As it dissolves, the natural alpha-hydroxy and oils rejuvenate and nourish. When you are done, rinse off excess. You will feel clean, smooth and hydrated.
White granulated sugar will probably be too coarse for use on the neck and face. If you’d like to include those areas, or if your skin very sensitive, use brown sugar for your scrub. A brown sugar scrub is also an amazing daily routine for hands and chapped lips during winter months.
If feeling creative, numerous variations are available to try for additional benefit and enjoyment:
- Coffee has a perfect granular shape for exfoliation and the caffeine assists with circulation and deters cellulite. Use half sugar and half coffee with your oil to create the mixture.
- Honey is an amazing skin food. Its extremely soothing and hydrating. Add a little to you scrub or, if your old honey has crystallized in the jar, you can use it as a pre-made body scrub or evening lip and hand treatment.
- A bit of cinnamon or clove will add a warm scent and stimulate circulation.
- Essential oils are always a lovely addition to a body scrub. The aroma-therapeutic value of the essence is increased because the skin is so open to absorption. Seven to ten drops is usually sufficient.Whatever your inspiration, enjoy yourself and relax – you deserve it!