Do you want your skin to feel like you spent an afternoon at a relaxing spa? Well, it’s time to start exfoliating with sugar scrubs! Sugar scrubs have the ability to brighten dull-looking skin at a very affordable rate. All you need is sugar, coconut oil, and optional essential oils to experience flawless skin.
Whether skin is dry and irritated or simply in need of some rejuvenation, sugar scrubs can lend a helping hand. They help to remove dead skin cells, lift away excess oils and dirt, and promote circulation. The glycolic acid that exists naturally in sugar also works to dissolve dead skin cells during the cleansing process. Because sugar is a humectant, it won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.
Allow Your Skin To Radiate
The skin produces new skin cells every day, which means that skin cells die regularly. If you don’t slough away dead skin cells, they remain on your skin, clogging pores and making the skin look dull. When you exfoliate with a sugar scrub, you help to make room for new cells to shine through your old, tired skin. Say hello to a flawless complexion when you exfoliate with a sugar scrub.
Help Decrease Ingrown Hairs
Sugar scrubs work to unclog pores, which can reduce the chances of a breakout. When the skin is fresh and clear, many acne troubles go away. In a similar fashion, exfoliating decreases the chances of ingrown hairs by cleaning out pores. Exfoliating with a sugar scrub two to three times per week in trouble areas can remove excess skin around hair follicles. When you do this, hairs will start to protrude above the skin, instead of curling under the surface.
Combat Dry Skin
When you exfoliate with a sugar scrub, you help to make the skin brighter by removing dead skin cells. Exfoliation also boosts collagen production, which contributes to taut, beautiful skin. Sugar works to remove dead and dry skin, cleansing the pores so that your skin has an easier time absorbing moisture. Sugar scrubs also contain oils, which are rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and other vitamins that contribute to softer, moisturized, skin.
White Sugar Or Brown Sugar?
Salt scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin and may even strip it of its natural oils. Sugar particles are much smaller and gentler than salt particles, making them safe for most areas on the body. If you have a fear of damaging your skin, you can always do a patch test of the sugar scrub in a more sensitive area. As far as which sugar to use, some people prefer to use white while others prefer brown sugar. Brown sugar tends to be better for faces because the grains are smaller and gentler. Either sugar, though, can be used everywhere on the body.
DIY Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract (optional)
- juice from half a lemon (optional)
- Place the sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir in the oil one tablespoon at a time.
- Ideally, the consistency of the scrub should be similar to sand, not soup. If it’s too soupy, the sugar particles dissolve in a day or two and don’t exfoliate properly.
- Mix in the other optional ingredients if you choose to use them.
How To Use:
- After you finish showering, pat the skin dry and gently rub the sugar scrub into the skin in circular motions.
- You can also do the same thing after you get done soaking in a tub.
- You can rinse it off 5 minutes after application. It’s great to use the sugar scrub 2-4 times per week.