How to Make a Sugar Body Scrub that is perfect for Spring!

Spring is here so it is time to get out of hibernation mode, slough off our "winter coat" (literally) with this Springtime Sugar Body Scrub, and get ready for the outdoors again.

I like to use sugar body scrubs as part of my morning routine.  Most mornings I like to wake up and shower even if I am just going to workout because it helps me to feel more energized.  The sugar body scrub adds to my “wake up feeling”.  Its gentle abrasion removes old dead skin cells and exposes fresh new skin making me feel brand new and ready to start my day.  The great thing about a sugar scrub is that it is gentle enough to use several times a week!

Sugar body scrub benefits

Sugar is great for physical exfoliation of the skin.

Physical exfoliation is a process which uses abrasive material (anything from a loofah to different size granules, such as sugar, salt, or nut shells) to physically scrub on your skin manually removing old dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells ensures open pores, reduced appearance of wrinkles, and brightens your complexion by removing the dead cells that keep your skin looking dull.

Sugar is a natural humectant

A humectant is something that it helps the skin to maintain moisture by retaining water molecules.  Most lotions have some type of humectant but not all are natural.  Some synthetic humectants can actually cause dryness in the under layers of skin making your skin appear duller after continued usage.

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, or an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), which helps break apart old dead skin cells.  It makes your skin appear brighter and healthier by removing the helping to remove the old dead skin cells that are leaving your skin so dull.

Using Essential Oils

Essential Oil Benefits

Lavender

  • Lavender is the go-to essential oil for de-stressing and relaxation.  It has been shown to have great benefits when it comes to relieving anxiety.
  • Lavender has antibacterial properties which can help with the treatment of acne.  Lavender will get in to your pores kill the bacteria present, as well as, prevent bacteria from growing.  This can help minimize future acne outbreaks and treat current acne.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender make it a great addition to your skin care routine.  It can reduce redness, puffiness, reduce acne scarring, and soothe the damage from sunburn.
  • Rosemary

  • Rosemary has both antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which are both great for treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis. 
  • Rosemary has also been shown to improve elasticity and hydration of your skin.  Combining rosemary with coconut oil may help reduce stretch marks!
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Rosemary can be used topically to help alleviate joint and muscle pain.
  • Although not skin care related, rosemary has been used for centuries to help with memory and mental clarity.  With 2 of my 3 children still in diapers I can use all the help I can get when it comes to keeping my thoughts focused and clear!
  • Lemon

  • Lemon has antimicrobial properties which help reduce, treat, and prevent acne.
  • Lemon is also known for its anti-aging properties due to the anti-oxidant power of Vitamin C and citric acid (which lemon is full of).  Anti-oxidants fight the effects of free radicals, which have been shown to speed up the aging process, on you skin. 
    • Lemon may cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun).  Avoid using lemon if you will be in direct sunlight all day (i.e. going to the beach for the day)

    DIY Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Melt coconut oil to just barely liquid (allow to cool some if too hot or it melts some of the sugar losing some of its abrasive property)
    2. Combine Coconut oil and sugar
    3. Mix thoroughly
    4. Allow to cool completely (heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils)
    5. Add Essential Oils
    6. Add a color (optional)
    7. Mix thoroughly
    8. Store in the container of your choice
    9. Add a label (optional)

    Sugar Body Scrub Uses

    Body scrub

    I use a body scrub 3-4 times a week when I shower.  You can use the scrub before you wash or after, it is all personal preference.  If you use it before you wash you will wash away most of the coconut oil so you will not have as much of the moisturizing benefits, but you have still removed old skin cells leaving your skin brighter and more capable of absorbing your after-shower moisturizer.

     If you use the sugar body scrub after you wash, there is no need to moisturize post shower.  Your skin will absorb the coconut oil from the scrub leaving your skin so soft a happy.

    Hand scrub

    Leaving a jar by the sink is great for washing stubborn smells and yuck, from cooking, kids, or whatever other grubby things we do, off your hands.  Because our hands are pretty tough you can use a scrub more often on them.

    Gifts

    Sugar body scrubs make amazing gifts.  They are fast, easy, and inexpensive to make, making them the perfect gift to give.  Put your scrub in a nice jar, add a label, and you have a personal hand-made gift.  You can download some printable labels here:

    Quick Tips

    1. Store your sugar body scrub in an airtight container to avoid it drying out.  Your jar does not have to be super fancy, but because you can reuse it you may want to find a decorative jar for aesthetics only.  Because I have small children I stick to plastic.
    2. Avoid getting a lot of water in your scrub as this will allow bacteria to grow.  Although, if you use your scrub as fast as I do, this will not be an issue. 
    3. Your scrub should stay good for a couple weeks on the counter or over a month in the refrigerator (if I am being honest, I still use some that I have leftover from Christmas gifts and have no issues, but err on the side of caution)
    4. You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil.  They work the same, but I prefer refined, or unscented, because it minimizes the amount of essential oils I need to use to get the scent I want.  Unrefined coconut oil has a very strong coconut odor.

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    This soothing Aloe Vera face wash is great for sensitive skin with just the right amount of moisturizing for all skin types.

    How to make a soothing Aloe Vera face wash using only 3 ingredients!

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    Finding a face wash that is not full of a bunch of extras that you have no idea what they are can be difficult.  So many cosmetic products say "natural" but when you flip over the bottle, there are a ton of ingredients you cannot even pronounce, let alone know what they are!  That is not very "natural" to me.  

    With life being full of things we have no control over, it is time to start taking back as much control as we can.  Making our own beauty products gives us just that.  You KNOW what you are using and you KNOW that it is all natural without all the “extras” that you will find in store bought products.

    Now you can make your own natural aloe vera face wash with just 3 ingredients.  It is fast, easy, and your face will thank you!


    About the ingredients:

    Castile Soap:  Castile soap is vegetable based soap with no animal bi-products or synthetic ingredients.  It was originally made from olive oil from the Castile region of Spain, hence the name.  Castile soap is non-toxic and extremely biodegradable making it a great product that is safe to use for so many things.

    Aloe Vera:  Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that stores water in its leaves.  The inside “gel" of the leaves are very rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  For this reason aloe Vera is used in many cosmetic products.

    Vitamin E:  Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that contains antioxidants.  These antioxidants can help reduce the effects of free radicals in your body caused by environmental stressors.  This is also true when used topically on your skin.  Vitamin E may also reduce the negative effects of UV damage to your skin, making is a great addition to your face care regimen.

    Aloe Vera Face Wash Ingredients & Instructions:

    Ingredients:

    1 c Unscented Castile Soap

    ¼ c Aloe Vera Gel

    2 t Vitamin E

    8 drops each of Lemon & Orange essential oil (optional for scent)

    Clean empty bottle to store your face wash

    Instructions:

    Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl with a pour spout

    Mix until blended thoroughly

    Pour into your clean empty bottle.

    Shake well before each use.

    Quick Tips

    Tip 1:  Because there are no preservatives added to this recipe (that would defeat the purpose, right?) we need to make small batches.  The ingredients can turn after a length of time, so I like to make a batch I can use in a couple weeks.

    Tip 2:  A little goes a long way.  You can use a quarter size amount or less and really maximize the total number of washes you get from each batch.


    Aloe Vera Face Wash Uses 

    I use this aloe vera face wash both morning and evening along with my anti-aging eye serum and anti-aging face cream for a complete face care regimen.

    Using the face wash twice a day leaves my skin far more moisturized than when I was using products I bought (even when I spent way too much).  The anti-aging face cream absorbs so quickly into my skin that it is perfect for a mom in a hurry.  I do not have a ton of time to wait for my face moisturizer to absorb so I can apply my makeup (I do not leave the house without my eyebrows and mascara done, sorry just being real here).  The roller ball with eye serum makes for an easy and gentle application to the delicate under eye skin.

    The best part is all three recipes are so fast and easy! 

    Learn how to make this natural anti-aging eye serum you can use day and night. So fast & easy you can have it done in less than 5 minutes!

    How to Make a Natural Anti-Aging Eye Serum!

    This anti-aging eye serum goes on smooth and absorbs into your skin fast. Using a roller bottle allows for a very gentle application to the delicate skin of our under eye. After washing your face apply the anti-aging serum under your eyes by rolling the roller ball gently for 2-3 passes.

    Essential oils are most often used for aromatherapy, but many essential oils have skin care properties as well. As a working 40 year old mother of 3 (two still in diapers) I can use all the help I can get when it comes to anti-aging! 

    Lavender:  Lavender is known best for its calming and de-stressing properties in aromatherapy that it would only make sense for it to be so beneficial in anti-aging.  Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties.  Lavender is great for helping reduce fine lines, sun spots, and improve elasticity in your skin.

    Sandalwood:  Sandalwood is known for having anti-inflammatory properties.  This may help with the appearance of puffiness under the eye. 

    Geranium: Geranium is often used for acne treatment because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  It also has  a moisture balancing property which makes it a great addition to any face care regimen.

    Cleary Sage:  Cleary Sage is best known as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant cleary sage can prevent and repair the harmful damage from free radicals that are believed to cause the signs of aging.

    Rose:  Rose is an ingredient seen in so many products that have to do with anti-aging. This is largely due to the fact that Rose oil has so many properties.  It is anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial, and an antioxidant, making it a logical essential oil to add to any skincare product.

    Ingredients & Instructions:

    Ingredients:

    1 t Vitamin E

    2 t Rosehip Seed oil

    4 drops of Lavender essential oil

    3 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

    2 drops of Geranium essential oil

    3 drops of Clary Sage essential oil

    2 drops of Rose essential oil

    Almond oil

    10 ml roller bottle

    Instructions:

    Using a dropper or a small funnel add all essential oils

    Using a dropper add Vitamin E (too thick for funnel)

    Add rosehip seed oil

    Fill remainder of the roller bottle with almond oil

    Insert roller ball

    Cap & mix thoroughly by gently inverting the bottle several times

    Tip 1:  After applying the serum to your under eye, use your ring fingers to gently blend. Your ring fingers apply very little pressure to your delicate under eye area.

    Tip 2:  This is an under eye serum, the oils have a purpose other than scent (see above), we do not want to overdo the essential oils when using a product on the sensitive skin of your face.

    Tip 3:  If you like this recipe, pair it with the Anti-Aging Natural Face Cream 

    Uses

    I use my anti-aging eye serum both in the morning and evening.  I am more generous with the amount I use in the evening because I have more absorption time.  I do not blend the oils in at night.  In the mornings I use the normal amount that will allow for immediate absorption which allows me to apply my makeup immediately.