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Exfoliation has been practised for thousands of years, as early as the ancient Egyptians. It is recommended to exfoliate the skin once or twice per week. Exfoliating more than this could harm the skin.
So why exfoliate? When you exfoliate you are removing old skin and dirt. You are then left with a fresh, shiny, soft skin.
The fancy scrubs found in stores are full of preservatives, scents and many other ingredients that do more harm than good to your skin. You can make your own natural sugar scrubs from home for less than a quarter of the price of those over the counter products.
The easy to make scrubs on this page can be used for any area of the body including the face. They are also suitable for all skin types. Rougher scrubs are great on tough areas such as knees and elbows.
We love to add sugar to your scrubs because sugar, believe it or not, is also amazing for the skin when used topically!
Let's discuss the advantages of our two main ingredients for our exfoliant:
Sugar contains glycolic acid, which fights off bad bacteria. Glycolic acid supports cell turnover, which means that it helps to heal the skin; this is good news if you have sun damaged or aging skin. Sugar is a humectant, which means that it absorbs moisture from the surroundings and puts it into the skin. This hydrates the skin and locks in the moisture.
It can be used on all types of skin, even oily, acne prone skin. The Lauric acid in coconut oil fight off any bacteria that cause acne. The anti inflammatory properties help to heal and soothe the skin. It is also hydrating.
Tips: It is best to make your sugar scrub in smaller quantities. I like to make only enough for one week. This is to ensure that you are using fresh ingredients on your skin. Also keep a special scoop with your container of scrub. This is to prevent contamination of your scub.
You can use your essential oil of choice. Many essential oils are beneficial and may help decrease any symptoms related to specific skin ailments.
Rough Lemon Scrub for Knees and Elbows
Making Strawberry Coconut Body Scrub
Strawberries are high in antioxidants and are wonderful for the skin.
Coffee Lover Body Coconut Oil Scrub
DIY Sugar Cookie Coconut oil Body Scrub
Coconut oil Face Scrub
Once all your ingredients have been mixed together well, you can store tham in an airtight glass bottle.
You can create your own sugar scrub recipes. Add two parts sugar to 1 part oil and 15 drops of essential oil. Only your imagination is the limit to the many different types of scrubs you could create.
Your skin will feel super soft and smooth afterwards. Its especially wonderful during dry winter days.
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