Who doesn’t love a good body scrub to exfoliate the skin? Not only do you feel like you’re being pampered, but you help to keep your skin looking naturally vibrant and healthy. In fact, body scrubs have gotten so trendy that plenty of skin care companies are cashing in on their popularity. Yet, instead of shelling out the cash for a store-bought body scrub, you can make your own with all natural items that you have in your pantry. Here’s everything you need to know about making a DIY body scrub.
Why use a body scrub?
Body scrubs are key for exfoliation which helps leave your skin healthy and brighter. It helps to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen. Without the dead skin, any other skin care products you apply can also penetrate your skin more deeply, which makes them more effective.
All that said, you shouldn’t exfoliate more than two to three times per week. Doing so can cause your skin to become irritated, dry or sensitive. When using a body scrub, apply it in the bath or shower and rub it onto the skin in a circular motion. Then, rinse it off completely with warm water.
Ingredients and materials for a DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing spoon
- ½ cup of carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil or coconut oil)
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- Sealed container for storage (i.e. mason jar)
- Few drops of desired essential oils (optional)
There are a variety of homemade sugar scrubs that you can make (coffee, sea salt, brown sugar). Brown sugar is popular because it’s often an ingredient that everyone has in their kitchen. It’s also ideal for exfoliation and is generally gentle on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, your skin shouldn’t have issues with this scrub, but always double check on a small section before committing to your full body. After you’re done with your scrub, be sure that you do a thorough job rinsing as brown sugar can leave behind a subtle stickiness if not rinsed well enough.
DIY Brown Sugar Scrub Directions
Combine both the ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup oil in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. If needed, add more sugar or oil to get the consistency right.
If desired, add one or two drops of your favorite essential oil, and stir it into the mixture.
When you’re satisfied with the consistency and fragrance of your scrub, spoon it into your mason jar. Be sure to seal it tightly.
Wasn’t that easy? It’s a simple recipe that takes no more than 5 minutes time. DDo it once and you’ll never look back!