Hold onto your pants! I am going to show you how to make your own homemade sugar face scrub using simple ingredients from your kitchen to give you a smoother, acne-less, and even skin tone.
Lately I have been experiencing some breakouts on my face, primarily in my cheeks and nose, and it’s driving me absolutely INSANE. And if you’re a nit-picker like me, I cannot help but give a little squeeze to get rid of the whiteheads…only to find that I have red spots all over my face, highlighting my bad skin habits. Plus, since I don’t like to wear makeup everyday to work (mostly because I don’t make the time for it anymore), a lot of people see my skin, bare and “beautiful” under those office fluorescent lights. Blegh!
So, yeah I think I need to exfoliate more
I was talking to one friend who suggested sugar scrubs and how much she loves to exfoliate her lips with it. It got me thinking. Perhaps, I can use a sugar scrub for my face so I can clear away those dead skin cells and prevent those whiteheads from popping up in the first place. It was there and then that I decided to make my very own sugar scrub at home and put it to the test.
Are sugar scrubs good for your skin?
Sugar scrubs are really great for your skin, especially in the more delicate areas like your face and lips, because the sugar granules that make up the sugar scrub are small in size and contains a chemical exfoliant property thanks to the naturally occuring AHA—glycolic acid. So if you have extra sensitive skin, sugar scrubs are a really great avenue to take. Also due to the natural humectants in sugar, sugar scrubs will not strip your skin of its natural oils and will instead draw moisture from the surrounding environment into your skin.
What is the difference between a salt scrub and a sugar scrub? Which one is better?
The big differences between a salt scrub and sugar scrub is in the size of the granules. Salt is slightly bigger than sugar, and is therefore better applied to skin that is callused or rough (like your heels or elbows for example). Sugar is smaller in size, making it far more gentler for more sensitive or “fragile” areas of your body like freshly shaved legs, face, scalp, and lips. Using a salt scrub on your face would cause micro-breakage of your skin cells, thus further damaging your skin.
Salt also strips skin of its moisture, whereas sugar pulls moisture into the skin. This is especially helpful for anyone with dry skin or oily skin. Using a sugar scrub would eliminate the need for moisturizing afterwards since your skin already soaked up all the sugar goodness.
Are sugar face scrub good for all skin types (dry skin, acne, oily, sensitive, etc.)
Yes it is. Of course, with anything new, when you make your own batch of sugar scrub, test it out first on a small patch of skin and see how you react to it. With the benefits of sugar on skin, you probably will feel a smoother, fresher face right after the first use.
How do I use a sugar face scrub?
This is a great question, because I had no idea when I first started looking into making sugar scrubs. But like many things, it’s really a lot easier than I thought.
All you have to do is wet your face (best applied when showering) and then open up your sugar scrub (if the oils have separated, mix it together with a fork or your hands until blended), take a tablespoon worth into your hand, and gently scrub your wet face until all the sugar has melted away. Then rinse your face. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Basic Homemade Sugar face scrub recipe
Basic Sugar Scrub
- 1/3 cup of oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, or almond oil)
- 1/3 cup of brown or white sugar (do not use turbinado sugar- way too rough for your face!)
- A few drops of essential oils of choice (I personally recommend lemon, lime, german chamomile or lavender oil)
- 1 sealable container with lid
- 1 fork
Add the oils and sugar together in container and stir with a fork until blended. Wait 10 minutes and your sugar scrub will be ready for use. Get your face nice and wet and then, scoop about 1-2 tablespoons of the sugar scrub onto your fingers and in a circular pattern, rub your face with your hands.
I really like to get in my problem areas like the sides of my nose and cheeks!
Once I am satisfied (don’t scrub until it hurts!!!! Your skin will not like that at all. That’s just silly), rinse your face and pat it dry with a towel.
Simple as that!
Fun Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes to Try
1. Vanilla Honey Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract (PRO TIP: Alcohol-free is less irritating for yo face!)
2. Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 lemon’s worth of squeezed juice
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
3. Pumpkin Pie Scrub
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices (or just 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
4. Lavender Vanilla “Take it Easy” Facial Scrub
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract (Alcohol-free highly recommended!)
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
I have noticed my skin is remarkably smoother and softer AND moisturized. It feels great to the touch and I really am glad I tried this little kitchen experiment. I definitely will try this again.
Have you ever tried making your own face scrub? What is your favorite recipe? Share and comment below! <3
-xo, The Buzzed Coach
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