You can concoct an ideal sugar scrub right in the comforts of your home and all you need to do is visit your kitchen. Almost everything you need to make the perfect sugar scrub for face, lips and body is right there in your pantry. Sugar scrub benefits are numerous. So first, we will enlist these benefits and later discuss 10 easy homemade sugar scrub recipes that you can create in the comforts of your home.
Sugar scrub benefits
If you are wondering why a body scrub should contain a sweet ingredient, wonder no more! Sugar may be bad for our bodies internally, but when used externally, it can do a world of good to our skin. The granules of sugar are perfect for exfoliating dead skin without causing any abrasion. In addition, below are some more sugar scrub benefits:
Humectant– Sugar is a natural humectant. This means that when it is added to other ingredients, it draws moisture and also helps retain it. Thus, when we use sugar in our facial recipes, it locks in the moisture keeping our skin soft and hydrated.
AHA– Sugar contains glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxyl acid or AHA. This helps break down skin cells and reduces appearance of age spots, blemishes, acne marks, scars and other skin imperfections. With regular use of DIY homemade sugar scrubs, you can reveal younger looking skin underneath. Do ensure that you use a sunscreen after using the scrub as it can make your skin sensitive to the sun.
Homemade sugar versus homemade salt scrub
Sugar scrubs are better than homemade salt scrub recipes because sugar granules are finer and do not abrade the skin like salt granules which have a larger molecular structure. Salt granules are coarse and can cause tiny tears on the skin. Always make sure to use brown sugar in your homemade sugar scrub recipes. Brown sugar is gentler and can be used on sensitive facial skin. For making sugar scrubs for the body, you can use refined or raw sugar.
DIY homemade sugar scrub recipes
1. Banana Sugar body scrub
This recipe is rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. The latter is an antioxidant that is beneficial for ageing skin.
- 1 ripe banana
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
Combine all ingredients and mash them well. Apply the mixture all over the body. Massage gently in circular motion. Rinse after 20 minutes.
2. Exfoliating Almond foot scrub
- 2 tbsp each glycerin and sweet almond oil
- ½ tsp essential oil of your choice like lavender, rosemary etc
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp finely ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking soda
Mix all ingredients well. Store the mixture in a glass/mason jar. To use, soak feet in warm water for up to 15 minutes. Scrub the feet with the mixture. Rinse and dry.
3. Peppermint Sugar scrub for lips, body or feet
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- A few drops of Peppermint essential oil
Combine brown sugar and olive oil. Add vitamin E oil and peppermint essential oil. Mix well. Apply to lips, face and feet or whole body.
4. Peppermint Coconut scrub
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer. It hydrates the skin and keeps it supple. Peppermint oil is cooling and refreshing. It revitalizes the skin and can keep acne at bay.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup sugar
- Powdered milk-1 tbsp
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients and stir thoroughly. Massage well into the skin. Rinse well. Use the scrub regularly.
5. Lavender Vanilla sugar scrub for body
Lavender oil has a calming, relaxing scent that can soothe mind and body. It is also a natural antiseptic that can heal wounds, acne and minimize redness, swelling and scars. This scrub improves blood circulation and firms the skin. Use it regularly to relieve soreness and cramps.
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 4 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
- Sugar- 1 cup
Transfer sugar in a bowl. Add the sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Drop in the lavender oil and vanilla. Mix well. Massage the scrub well. Rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes.
6. Sugar Coffee scrub
Ground coffee is great for fighting cellulite.
- ¼ cup each ground coffee and raw brown sugar
- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp each sea salt and olive oil
Mix all ingredients well. Take a handful of the mixture and massage it all over the body in circular motion. Rinse with warm water after 20 minutes.
7. Ginger Sugar scrub
Ginger root possesses anti-inflammatory properties to heal a variety of skin issues like acne, swelling and redness. It also tightens the skin and keeps it glowing and energized.
- 1 small cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup each virgin coconut oil and sweet almond oil
- ½ tsp peeled and grated ginger or ground ginger powder
- 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Apply all over body and massage well. Wash off after 20 minutes.
8. Aloe Vera Calendula Sugar scrub for lips
Aloe Vera gel is anti-inflammatory and soothing. It can calm redness and is especially suitable for sun-burnt skin. Use the recipe for the face and especially for lips to lighten them and reveal healthier and younger lips.
- 1 cup each fine sugar and Calendula oil
- 2 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
- 1 tsp Chamomile oil
Mix all ingredients. Apply to lips and face. Rinse off.
9. Citrusy scrub
Lemon juice is the perfect remedy to whiten and lighten skin tone. Use this scrub to reduce age spots and blemishes.
- 2 cups refined sugar
- 1 cup virgin olive oil
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Vitamin E oil capsule
Mix all ingredients and apply to body, face or lips. Use regularly to lighten scars and brighten skin tone. Make sure you use a sunscreen when stepping outside.
10. Milk scrub
Milk is a great ingredient for dry skin. It improves complexion making it fairer, brighter and softer. Milk also cleanses the skin and reduces pore size. Use the scrub below to restore skin’s moisture and keep it supple.
- 2 tbsp fresh whole milk
- 1/2cup brown or granulated white sugar
- 2 tbsp light vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients well. Rub the mixture on wet skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.