Sugar scrubs are my non-guilty pleasure. You can use them on the body before you shave for a smoother feel and to prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn. Scrubs are great at sloughing the yuckies off the skin surface and leaving you with a sexy glow. As an added benefit, sloughing off dead skin allows the body to detoxify more easily. Bring on the sugar!
The downside is these scrubs are usually pretty expensive. I refuse to pay $20.00 for something I can make at home for $1.00. If you agree, here’s my recipe:
Sugar (you can also use kosher salt)
½ cup Olive oil (there are other oil options- this is a good general one)
Essential oils (or add some grated ginger root, fair trade cocoa, orange zest, vanilla, chamomile tea, the options are endless!)
Take ½ cup olive oil and mix with enough sugar/salt to achieve the scrub consistency you like. Add about 5 drops of essential oil (or other fragrance/healing ingredient you desire). Be sure to get a 100% pure, organic essential oil or oil blend (when possible). Stay away from “fragrance oils” which may have artificial fragrances or chemicals. Mix all ingredients together, put in a sealed container and store in the fridge. This gentle scrub can be used a few times per week. I just grab a condiment dish, fill it with some scrub and bring it into my shower/bath. Be sure to put the scrub out of waters way or it will melt before you use it. Take a bit out at a time and massage gently onto skin in circular motions. If you have any skin issues that may be irritated by scrubbing or sensitive to particular ingredients, talk to your dermatologist/aesthetician first. She/he might be able to give you other ingredient ideas that may work better for you.
Slough on, Peace out…