Winter is creeping in, boot season is back and the central heating is cranked all the way up. The increased humidity and warmer air follows you onto the bus, seeps into the office and you don’t want to admit it, but you can feel your skin starting to dry out.
If you’re taking good care of your skin, but you’re fighting a losing battle against the elements, it’s time for some skincare routine revisions: introducing the sugar scrub recipe.
The sugar scrub is a treatment that you can use as your exfoliator in the harsher months. We could all use a natural helping hand sometimes; whether your skin is dry or oily, sensitive or a combination.
And, courtesy of a homemade sugar scrub, the process can be far more personalized for your skin type (and far more inexpensive for your bank account!) than retailers would have you believe.
But What Does A Sugar Scrub Do? The Pros And Cons
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving for a new layer to appear. This gives you the appearance of brighter, softer skin.
Those of you fortunate enough not to be prone to dry skin can still reap numerous benefits from exfoliation. Aside from removing dead skin, exfoliating prevents stubborn blackheads and whiteheads from nesting under the skin and can reduce the likelihood of blemishes forming in the first place.
Additionally, exfoliating can help even our skin tone out, whether we suffer from hyperpigmentation or dark spots. Exfoliators work to smooth the skin’s texture and, though it requires some perseverance and patience, the results are worth it.
In a similar vein, exfoliators also promote a youthful glow by stimulating collagen synthesis – this is what keeps our skin looking plump and firm – and boosting circulation to nourish the skin’s surface.
If you’re going to use one effectively, the biggest thing to ensure is that you’re not scrubbing too hard.
Less is more. If you’re applying too much pressure, you can actually promote blemishes and redness rather than prevent it.
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How To Make A Sugar Scrub At Home
Before we dive into the DIY process of making a homemade sugar scrub, there are a few things we’ll have to do first.
First thing’s first, you’ll need to prep your skin. I’ve neglected this step more times than I care to recall in the past but, over the years, I’ve come to understand just how much of a difference something that seems so small and insignificant can make.
Wetting the skin with lukewarm water first will help open those pores up. Washing the skin to remove makeup or sweat beforehand will also prevent the exfoliator from pushing this debris even further into the skin.
An optional tool to have ready is an exfoliating glove if you’d prefer not to get product on your hands, but it’s not essential.
What you’ll need
Now that your skin is prepared, it’s time to make the sugar scrub! There are several variations you could try out but, in my experience, the basic olive oil sugar scrub works like a charm.
You can’t go too wrong with a scrub that’s so rich in vitamins and granulated sugar that, unlike its salted or beaded counterparts, won’t dry out your skin or damage the environment.
I could wager that you have these ingredients on-hand. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- ½ cup of sugar (what sugar you’ll use doesn’t matter too much, though bear in mind that white sugar is less harsh on the skin than raw sugar. Brown sugar will fall somewhere between the 2).
Steps To Make Your DIY Sugar Scrub
To make the sugar scrub, you’ll need to set a small container aside and pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into it.
Next, add in the honey. As with the sugar, it doesn’t really matter what type of honey you use, but the thicker the better. The final step is to add in the sugar and give all your ingredients a stir.
As this is a loose guide that assumes you’re using generic ingredients and brands, the end results might differ a little so, once combined, it’s up to you to judge whether the mixture is too runny or too dry.
If it mixture is too runny, you’ll want to add some more sugar. If the mixture is too dry, you’ll want to add some more olive oil. Store at room temperature – a fridge will harden it – and use as needed.
Final Thoughts On Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes
Rest assured, the exfoliant deserves all the credit it gets and, with this homemade sugar scrub recipe, you’ll be saving a fortune and treating your skin with kindness with an all-natural solution. Win-win.
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