Sugar scrubs are a wonderful addition to your body care routine. They help speed up the skin’s regeneration process revealing the smooth, younger layer that lies just below the outer skin.
As with any other skincare product, the key is to use one that is chemical-free. The sugar scrub recipes you’ll find below use all natural ingredients. They are easy to make in minutes and are surprisingly budget-friendly too.
How Sugar Scrubs Work
The two main ingredients in a sugar scrub are the sugar granules and a skin-friendly carrier oil. These two ingredients work together to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. The result? Soft, smooth skin and a more youthful glow with minimal effort.
Essential oils may be optional but they are a powerful addition in many of the sugar scrub recipes you’ll find below.
Here’s a look at how each of the ingredients works by themselves and together in a homemade sugar scrub with essential oils.
The pores on the skin tend to get clogged with oil buildup caused by moisturizers and lotions. This causes the skin to look dull and rough. When you use a sugar scrub, the tiny sugar granules unclog the pores and slough off the dead skin cells and environmental toxins from our face and body. This exfoliating action reveals the younger smoother skin that lies just below.
In addition to being an amazingly gentle abrasive, sugar is also a pure, natural source of Glycolic Acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA. Glycolic acid penetrates the skin and breaks down the glue that bonds dead, flaky skin together. At the same time, it also encourages cell turnover, generating fresher, and healthier skin cells.
Sugar is also a natural humectant. It draws moisture from the environment into the skin, helping the skin to stay hydrated.
Carrier oils such as Olive, Almond, Jojoba and Coconut oils contain vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids that naturally moisturize the skin so it stays smooth and supple.
Skin-friendly essential oils boost the actions of the sugar and carrier oil, while also gently scenting your homemade sugar scrub.
Benefits of Sugar Scrubs for the Skin
No clogged pores
Gets rid of flaky skin cells
Gentle on the skin
Why Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs with Essential Oils?
There are several reasons why I recommend making your own sugar scrubs.
For one thing, it works out so much cheaper. To make enough for one use, all you need is a little sugar from your kitchen, a teaspoon of carrier oil and a few drops of essential oil.
The instructions for making your own sugar scrubs are surprisingly simple.
Though simple, homemade Sugar scrub recipes are incredibly versatile with countless variations. You can change any of the ingredients to suit your purpose and your unique skin type.
So, here’s the basic sugar scrub recipe with lots of ideas of how you can customize it for your skin and also how you can substitute them with ingredients you have on hand.
Basic Skin Scrub Recipe
1 cup finely granulated sugar, either white or brown
½ cup carrier oil
3 drops essential oils
1 wide-mouth glass mason jar
Scroll below for more details on the best sugar, carrier oils, and essential oils to use in your DIY sugar scrub recipe.
How to Make
Mix the essential oil and carrier oil together.
Add this mix to the sugar.
That’s it! Your sugar scrub is ready to use. Yes, it really is that simple to make your own sugar scrub with essential oil.
Store your homemade sugar scrub in a wide-mouth airtight glass container.