Monday, 11 March 2013

Making your own sugar scrub

Sugar is the generalized name for a class of chemically-related sweet-flavored substances, most of which are used as food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources (sugarcane and sugarbeets).
Sugar is not healthy for you to eat, but these sugar body scrub recipes are great for your skin! Sugar cane produces glycolic acid, which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. The roughness of the sugar also exfoliates and the oils moisturize and hydrate the skin.
Homemade sugar scrub, is extremely moisturizing and exfoliating and costs very little to make. These scrubs can be used on your face, feet or as a homemade body scrub.
These sugar scrubs can last for up to 3 weeks (You do not need to keep them in the fridge). They are all easy to make, just mix the ingredients in a bowl and store in a air tight container. Also keep your scrub away from water or bacteria to prevent it from going rancid.

Some of my favorite natural sugar scrub recipes
Cinnamon brown sugar body scrub recipe
1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup of jojoba oil
½ tsp of Vitamin E oil
½ tsp Cinnamon

Lemon brown sugar scrub recipe
1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup coconut oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
½ tsp of Lemon essential oil

Vanilla sugar body scrub
1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup Jojoba oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
1 tsp Vanilla extracts (extract from vanilla pods)

Eczema Mint foot & hand scrub
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup olive oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
5 drops clove oil which is antibacterial.
5 drops Shea butter oil, which has anti-aging properties
5 drops Wintergreen oil, which is good for treating skin diseases such as eczema and other skin infections.
10 drops peppermint oil

Peppermint body sugar scrub recipe
1 Cup white sugar
½ cup jojoba oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Fresh homemade facial scrubs to be made as you use them:
Lemon, honey scrub
¼ cup brown sugar
1/8 cup of Grapeseed oil
1 Tablespoon of Raw honey
¼ tsp Vitamin E oil
A few drops of fresh lemon juice

Almond scrub
¼ cup white sugar
1/8 cup Almond oil
1 Tablespoon raw almond pulp
¼ tsp Vitamin E oil
2 drops of essential almond oil
(If you have leftovers, use it as a foot and body scrub)

Creating your own sugar body scrub recipe
You should add 1 part sugar with ½ part oil, I like adding vitamin E oil, because it is so good for your skin. Vitamin E oil is also a natural preservative. Then just add any essential oil of your choice.
Here are some ingredient options:
Sugar: Use either white or brown sugar, some like to use organic raw sugar.
Oil: Olive oil, Almond oil, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Grapefruit oil, corn oil, Peanut oil, Avocado oil, Shea butter or any other oil of your choice
Essential oil: Peppermint oil, Lemon oil, Lavender oil, Chamomile oil, Rose oil, Rosemary, Juniper oil (great for eczema) and many others.
How to use your sugar scrub:
How to exfoliate: Massage the scrub into your feet, hands and any other area; leave on while applying instead of rinsing off as you go along. Massage gently using your fingers or a face cloth in circular motions.
Use it as a shower scrub: You could get into the shower before-hand, scrub all over and then have a lovely wash, no mess no fuss!
Extra notes on sugar face scrubs
If you have oily skin, its best to use Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Sage essential oils, and jojoba oil as a base oil. You can also use less oil in the mixture, if you have oily skin, add just enough to moisten the sugar.

You only need to exfoliate with your homemade sugar scrubs, once per week to make a difference to your skin.
The ingredients in the scrub will settle, so they need to be mixed up a little before use every time.


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  3. I want to make these scrubs but. When they say keep in air tight container. How do you make sure there is no air. I have no idea how to do this.

  4. Airtight containers are sold in any good supermarket. Just make sure you can a container that would not leak easily.