DIY Sugar Scrubs

3 DIY Sugar Scrubs to Detoxify, Moisturize, and Relax

Downing a dozen gingerbread cookies might not be the healthiest choice, but sugar isn’t always bad—especially when it comes to your skin. When applied topically, sugar works as an amazing, ultra moisturizing exfoliator. This ingredient is just the right amount of abrasive so that it removes dead skin and impurities, but doesn’t scratch the skin’s delicate surface.

A lot of the expensive sugar scrubs that you find at the store contain chemicals and other ingredients that can irritate your skin. By making your own DIY sugar scrubs at home, you can save yourself a ton of money and ensure that your scrubs only contain the best ingredients. You can even make a huge batch of your favorite scrub and give it away as gifts for mere pennies a jar. Here are three recipes for you to try.

A Spoonful of Sugar

A spoonful of sugar can be a vital ingredient in your perfect skin scrub.

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1. Detoxifying Sugar Scrub

The lemon in this sugar scrub contains antioxidants that will leave your skin fresh and glowing. Lemon is an amazing detoxifying agent that can help to clear up acne and blemishes. With its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, coconut oil leaves your skin moisturized, clean, and fresh. Add lemon zest for a burst of freshness.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup white sugar

The juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Mix the sugar and the juice of one lemon into the melted coconut oil until it’s well blended.
  3. Add lemon zest if desired.
  4. Store your Detoxifying Sugar Scrub in an airtight container for up to six months.

Lemons

Lemons can serve as a detoxifying agent in your scrubs.

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2. Moisturizing Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub contains a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil to deliver hydration right where you need it. Vitamin E oil moisturizes your skin while neutralizing potentially damaging free radicals. Once you add in some vanilla extract, you can make a scrub that smells like a delicious, freshly baked cookie.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup shea butter

1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Place the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Mix the shea butter, vitamin E oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar into the coconut oil until it’s well blended.
  3. Store your MoisturizingSugar Scrub in an airtight container for up to six months.

3. Relaxing Sugar Scrub

Are you looking for a spa-like experience to help you unwind after a long day? This scrub contains lavender essential oil to help soothe and calm both your skin and your nerves. And almond oil contains anti-inflammatory properties to fight any irritation or redness on your skin so that you can feel relaxed and rejuvenated both inside and out.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup almond oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix the white sugar and almond oil together in a medium sized bowl until they are well blended.
  2. Drop in the lavender essential oil and mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Store your Relaxing Sugar Scrub in an airtight container for up to six months.

These DIY sugar scrubs make great gifts for all of the ladies in your life for a holiday party or birthday. Just double or triple the recipe and package your concoction in small mason jars with a ribbon. Print out a label with each scrub’s ingredients and beneficial properties so that your loved one knows how and when to use it. While you’re at it, make a few jars for yourself to keep your skin healthy all winter long.

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