Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY sugar body scrub

Welcome to my first skin care post! Here is a recipe that probably everyone could make with things they have in their pantry right now! I use this scrub every time I take a shower - it works so well and it leaves my skin smooth and moisturized. But, before we delve right in, first I want to talk about why I use this instead of soap.

Commercial soaps, even those that claim to be moisturizing and gentle on skin, usually aren't. In "cleansing" the skin, soaps and body washes can strip it of its natural moisture barrier which can result in dry skin. This starts a horrible cycle because our bodies then try to compensate for the missing moisture in the skin and produce more oil. This becomes a problem because most of us also use some kind of moisturizer like lotion or cream.

Most moisturizers sold in stores contain preservatives and chemicals that help preserve the shelf life of a product, but aren't good for your skin. These moisturizers can clog your pores and then when your body is producing an overabundance of oil, pores can become clogged and that can lead to blemishes.

I find that I only need to use soap (I actually make my own soap at home, but any organic locally made soap would work too - look for those with the least ingredients) on only a few places - pits and nether girly regions.

I also should mention that when I made the switch from soap to natural body cleansers, my body stayed in oil overproduction mode for about a week or two afterward. My skin was extra oily, but when it got used to my new regiment, it fell back to normal. This is to be expected and it is easy to say, ew, my skin is soooo oily and gross - I need to go back to soap! but if you hang in there, your skin will thank you!

This recipe took me less than ten minutes to make. And the other good part? It cost less than $10 for the ingredients, but you only use a little bit of each, so literally this body scrub only costs one or two dollars per batch. Seriously, it also couldn't be easier to make. Here we go!

You will need: one cup of sugar (white granulated sugar is what I like to use - you can also use raw sugar, but sometimes I find that the sharp edges scratch my skin) and 1/4 cup oil (you can use olive oil or canola oil - the ones most commonly found in the kitchen cupboard). You will also need measuring cups, a mixing bowl, and mixing spoon, and a clean jar for storage (I love Ball jars - they're made in the USA, plus a case of 12 usually costs less than $10).

1. Pour the sugar into your mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil.

3. Thoroughly mix the sugar and oil.

4. This is what the mixture should look like when it is combined.

5. Carefully spoon the scrub into your jar. Make sure to wipe off the lip of the jar before screwing the cap on.

In the shower, scoop a little scrub into your hand and massage gently all over. Make sure to pay special attention to knees and elbows. Pat your skin dry. You'll notice that you probably don't even need any extra moisturizer afterward.

  • Use brown sugar instead of white.
  • Use a different type of oil. My favorites are almond and jojoba - they are very light and don't leave your skin oily. They are a little more expensive (around $10 per 16 oz of almond and $20 per 16 oz of jojoba), but so worth it.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil for a scent (don't use synthetic fragrances - the extra you pay for the essential oil is worth it). You can find them at your local health food stores or online. Make sure they are 100% pure essential oils and not diluted with a carrier oil.
  • If you have oily skin, you may wish to decrease the amount of oil in the original recipe. If you have dry skin, increase it, but remember - a little goes a long way!
Please use this recipe only as a guideline and have fun experimenting with all the fun things you can make! Let me know if you make it and how it works for you.

You can check out my introduction to my skin care series, Skin, a Love Story, here.

Note: I am not a licensed dermatologist or doctor. What is mentioned here should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. I don't claim to cure any condition, I only share what has worked in my own experience. If irritation of the skin occurs, stop use immediately and seek medical attention.


Teddi said...

i've done this with baby oil, but i bet the canola is better. i didn't know that it could be used everyday or as a replacement for soap. this may be a really dumb question, but without soap do you use shaving cream?

Well... said...

Ooh, I'll definitely have to try this! I love making beauty products instead of buying them, and scrubs can be an unnecessary expense. Great DIY, I'll be making it this weekend :)

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Anna G said...

I need to try this scrub. I wonder what kind of oils mix well. I just have to buy some more jojoba oil. I found some at the store and I'm obsessed.

Laura Go said...

I love sugar scrubs. And homemade is even better! I always end up accidentally licking my face when I use some. haha
♥ laura
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Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to know exactly how to make sugar scrub for myself...and I think your idea of using almond oil and brown sugar would be absolutely phenomenal! I would probably want to eat it :D

<3 Cambria

P.s. Erin is making a sign as a surprise present so I can give it to my hubby for our 1st anniversary :)

Laura said...

Really inspiring, thanks so much for sharing!
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Mrs. D said...

great idea!

Hannah said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'm bookmarking it for future use. :)

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