Making sugar scrubs at home is a fun and cost saving way to treat your skin between trips to the day spa. They make great gifts and are a fun project for you and your little spa diva to make together. Sugar scrubs are also a great way to prep your skin before going to the tanning booth by removing dirt and debris leaving your skin felling refreshed and smooth.
Combine equal parts jojoba or grape seed oil with raw sugar. Raw sugar is coarser than table sugar and will not dissolve when mixed with the oil. Grape seed and jojoba oil are readily available at any health food market and are among the oils that will not clog your pores. Grape seed oil has antibacterial properties and is recommended for acne prone skin. Jojoba oil isn’t actually an oil but rather a wax ester. This wax ester is the closest in nature to our own natural skin oil, making it an effective moisturizer for all skin types. By mimicking your own natural oil, jojoba oil will not cause the skin to become saturated or greasy. This is already a wonderfully effective sugar scrub; however, adding essential oils can provide a variety of therapeutic effects. Lavender oil is antiseptic and great for relaxation. The combinations of eucalyptus and mint oils are invigorating. Rose oil is one of the more expensive essential oils but it offers a calming and romantic energy to your sugar scrub and is nourishing to the skin. When purchasing essential oils be certain that they are true essential oils. Use one drop per ounce of sugar scrub as to not overwhelm the senses. A little goes a long way. If you are unsure about using essential oils or have sensitive skin, you can use fresh or dried herbs instead. Sugar scrubs work best when used on wet skin either in the shower or bath and they won’t leave a mess, as sugar naturally dissolves in water. Sugar contains glycolic acid which is an alpha-hydroxy acid found in many skin care products.Glycolic acid has a large molecular structure that is able to attract moisture into the skin as well as reducing the pH which can encourage cell renewal. Simply put, it’s good for aging skin and fine lines. Although ingesting large quantities of sugar can wreak havoc on the skin, sugar scrubs are a great, non-drying and non-comedogenic way of exfoliating and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.
Use half the amount of essential oil for children as they tend to have more sensitive skin than adults. Your little spa diva will have a great time measuring and mixing. A single drop of food coloring can add even more fun to her very own sugar scrub.