Sugar scrub is a safe and gentle exfoliater that helps to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin.Some can help alleviate pain, treat body acne, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. I have tried sugar and salt scrubs. I personally prefer sugar, as it is a little more gentle on my skin than salt. The most important aspect to any scrub is to have as few ingredients as possible. That is why I started making my own scrubs with my company Skin Candy.
Sugar scrubs can often have artificial preservatives and fragrances. They smell pretty, however they can be toxic to your skin, immune, and circulatory system. Please read the labels prior to purchase of any soaps and cosmetics.
Picking ingredients can be very simple. I like to keep it basic. I use a fine/granulated, yet pure sugar. If you choose a raw sugar, know that the consistency will be a little more rough, more like a salt scrub. I use a carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut oil, and a scent (essential oil or plant extract).
What oil do you choose? Almond oil is a wonderful hydrating oil. It is a pure plant extract, and it leaves your skin very smooth and soft by have Vitamins E, A, and D in it. Almond oil also helps protect against the sun by acting as a natural sunscreen, and it can help heal minor cuts and scrapes.
Coconut oil has three different fatty acids that are antimicrobial, Vitamin E, and is very hydrating for your skin and hair. It comes in refined (scent of coconut has been filtered out) and unrefined (scent of coconut is still there). Both are pure, and I use both depending on what type of product I am making for my Skin Candy line. It can harden a little, but leaving the container in your shower will help it to melt by the time you use it. Coconut oil has about a 70 degree Fahrenheit melting point.
Both oils are not only great for your skin, they make very great cooking oil and have fantastic health benefits in that aspect as well.
Plants, essential oils, and some food items are great additives to your any scrub.
To get the most out of your scrub, you take a small amount (about the size of a half dollar) and rub it all over in a gentle, circular motion. **Please beware that if you make your own scrub, your bath tub may become slippery after using.** After you rub the yummy scrub of your choice in, let it sit for a moment before you rinse. Allow the natural oils to be absorbed by your epithelial cells, and in the case of a cellulite reducer, you want to give the caffeine time to work. Rinse and enjoy the lovely feeling of your skin. Do not use on your face.
Scrubs can be wonderful ways to make your skin look fresh and feel amazing, but be careful of the ingredients. Toxins and harsh chemicals love to lurk even in the most unsuspecting places.
Please take a moment to check out my Skin Candy page for all natural sugar scrubs for purchase. Also contact me for any questions, and if you have any tips or recipes you want to share, please leave below.
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