Sugar scrubs are trending in the skincare community and for good reason.
Whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination of the two, we could all use a naturally derived helping hand sometimes to help us achieve our skincare goals. What better way to achieve healthy, glowing skin than through a natural home remedy?
However, for the best results, you’re going to need to know how to use a sugar scrub the right way. But before we deep dive into that, let’s look at the why first.
The Benefits Of Using A Sugar Scrub
As an exfoliator, a sugar scrub is purposefully designed to help you scrub away all of your dead skin cells and aid in unclogging pores. If you regularly hit the gym or if your skin is oil-prone, a sugar scrub can aid in preventing blackheads and whiteheads from forming.
Additionally, exfoliating with it can even your skin tone. Exfoliators are designed to even and smooth out our skin’s texture. If you’re suffering from hyperpigmentation or dark spots on your skin, then an all-natural sugar scrub is just what your skin needs to look and feel like new again.
The benefits of a homemade sugar scrub are plentiful, but less known are its youth-enhancing effects. By stimulating collagen synthesis – compounds that keep your skin tight and youthful – exfoliators boost the skin’s circulation to keep it healthy and happy.
When To Use A Sugar Scrub
Everybody’s skin is different. You can use a sugar scrub on your face or body anywhere from once a week to every other day. Those of us with more sensitive skin might see better results from less frequent use but you may find that this kinder, DIY alternative can be used much more often than harsher, retail scrubs.
If you’re physically active and/or engage in plenty of physical activity, you might want to increase your usage to 3 or 4 times a week, depending on how your skin feels after exercising.
As with any new skincare product, it’s always a good deal to start with a small amount over a small surface area to ensure that your skin reacts well to new products.
Are Sugar Scrubs Right For Me?
The theory is, the harsher the scrub, the softer the skin. However, some people find rougher scrubs too uncomfortable and sometimes even painful — hence, the sugar scrub alternative.
It’s always a good idea to complete a patch test before applying a new product to your face or a large area of your skin. If you find you react to a certain scrub, you can keep experimenting. You’ll soon find the sugar scrub that works for you.
How To Use A Sugar Scrub At Home
Your sugar scrub is essentially a homemade exfoliator, so you should be incorporating it into your routine the same way you would with any other exfoliant. Nevertheless, here’s how to use a sugar scrub at home.
What you’ll need
For your face:
- Your normal skin-care products: cleanser, toner and moisturizer.
- Your sugar scrub and a towel.
For your body:
- Your normal shower gel or body wash and body moisturizer.
- Your sugar scrub and a towel.
How To Use A Sugar Scrub For Your Face
- Wash your face with warm water.
- Cleanse as normal.
- Apply the scrub to wet skin. Follow the package instructions for how long to leave the product on. Remove with a wet towel and pat your face dry.
- Apply toner.
- Finally, moisturize.
How To Use A Sugar Scrub For Your Body
- Wash your body in the shower with your normal body wash or shower gel.
- Rinse off the shower gel and apply the body scrub to wet skin.
- Leave the product on for a few minutes according to the package instructions.
- Rinse off with the shower.
- Pat your body dry and moisturize.
After you’ve used your sugar scrub, it’s a good idea to moisturize, as you would at the end of any skin-care routine. This will help hydrate your skin and keep it feeling soft.
Once you’ve used a sugar scrub, your skin should be feeling smooth, hydrated and fresh as a baby.