Sugar is a tasty additive that most people cannot live without. In fact, sugar is a popular ingredient in skin care products today because it acts as a natural exfoliator. Sugar rejuvenates your skin by cleaning all the dirt from skin pores. Sugar can also help to eliminate blemishes.
Sugar contains two important components, glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid. These components help to restore balance to skin’s oil. They will not allow your skin to become too dry or too oily. So all you are left with is a healthy and radiant glow.
The glycolic acid content in sugar helps in both conditioningand moisturizing the skin. Furthermore, glycolic acid also guards the skin from harmful toxins. This in the long run slows down the ageing process and helps to keep your skin youthful much beyond your years.
When you regularly exfoliate your skin with a sugar scrub, it becomes healthier in appearance and function. After dead skin has been exfoliated, your body’s largest organ works more efficiently to expel toxins and take in nourishment. Skin becomes more uniform in appearance, is softer to touch, and has a radiant glow.
Sugar scrubs are also gentler, less dehydrating than salt scrubs and be used by all skin types. However, it is important not to over-exfoliate even in cases of extreme flaking, as this only dries out the skin further. Sugar scrubs should not be used more frequently than once per week to avoid causing irritation and dryness.
Making a sugar scrub is easy to do in the comfort of your own home and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. A sugar scrub at Bath and Body Works can cost up to $16 and with these hard economic times, you don’t have to sacrifice personal pampering because you can’t afford it. You can make a sugar scrub for under $5 at home.
The following are some sugar scrub recipes that help to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Almond Sugar Scrub for Skin Exfoliation
For this recipe, you will need to mix 1 cup of sugar with half a cup of sweet almond oil to form a thick paste. If you are allergic to nuts, instead of almond oil, you can use extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, canola oil, baby oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil or apricot oil.
Apply the sugar and oil blend to your face, neck and throat. You might even want to use some on your hands to slough off dry or dead skin. Be careful not to scrub vigorously. Use a circular motion and work the scrub into your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Avoid the eye area completely. This skin is delicate and should never be exfoliated with a scrub.
Rinse the face using warm water. You do not want the water to be hot as this opens pores and can damage the skin. Keep the water warm and finish with a nice cool splash of water to close pores.
Use any remainder scrub on legs or in the shower if you like for a completely revitalizing total body scrub. When finished using a sugar body scrub always finish with a cool rinse and pat skin dry with a clean towel.
Lemon Sugar Scrub for Skin Toning
Lemon juice has mild bleaching agents, so it lightens age spots on the skin. It also helps to tighten the skin and make it soft and supple. By mixing lemon juice with sugar you can have an exfoliating scrub that tones your face while it exfoliates.
To make this scrub, cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small cup or bowl. Mix with an equal amount of water. Begin by adding a tablespoon of white granulated sugar into the lemon juice and stir.
Continue adding small amounts of sugar until a paste is formed. Apply the mixture to your face and scrub your face with your fingertips. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Milk Sugar Scrub to Keep Skin Supple, Smooth and Radiant
Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that gently sloughs away dead skin cells and also promotes cell renewal. Lactic acid is considered to be milder and less irritating than glycolic acid (which is most commonly used in cosmetics), and is therefore considered ideal for those with sensitive skin.
To make this scrub, you will need 1 Cup of Brown Sugar, 2 Cups of powdered milk, 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
Mix the dry ingredients first then pour the Extra Virgin Olive Oil slowly, stirring the whole time. After it’s at the desired consistency, mix in the lavender essential oil.
Honey Sugar Scrub for Acne Prone Skin
Sugar is a good ingredient to use in a scrub for acne because it is less harsh than some other exfoliating ingredients such as shells or nuts. It melts quickly so you won’t over scrub your skin.
Raw organic honey (or manuka honey) has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It is great for healing acne and is also a humectant and draws moisture to the skin, leaving it soft and supple. This leaves my skin perfectly smooth and soft.
To make a honey sugar scrub, mix together one tablespoon of light brown sugar with one tablespoon of raw organic honey (or manuka honey). Since it is not a good idea to use oil on acne prone skin, avoid adding any oil to the mixture. Scrub gently in circular motions and rinse.
Lavender Sugar Scrub for Hands
To prepare this hand scrub, you need 1 cup of white sugar, 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 2-4 drops of lavender essential oils
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Store in a glass container (essential oils will damage the plastic and metals change the properties of the oils).
When you need to scrub your hands, you take a small amount of the scrub with a small spoon. Rub all over your hands and fingertips (or feet, or wherever you’d like extra softness) for about 1 minute. Let it sit on your hands for 3-4 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry with a towel.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub for Feet
To prepare this foot scrub, you need 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. You mix all of them together. This mixture exfoliates soles and heels after a bath or foot soak.
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