DIY Top 10 Homemade Sugar Scrubs April 26, 2016

Exfoliation is very important to keep our skin clean, glowing, and beautiful. But you don’t always need to rush to the market to buy a scrub that is filled with chemicals. You can easily make your own scrub at home with the best thing that you can use to exfoliate your skin — sugar! Yes, you read that right! Sugar has excellent scrubbing properties and can prove to be just the thing you were looking for. It contains alpha hydroxy acids that work easily to remove the dirt and dead cells clogging your pores (1).

How To Make A Sugar Scrub?

The exfoliating properties of sugar need to be balanced with an emollient so that the scrubbing action of the sugar does not dry up your skin too much. Usually, oils are used, which also provide the skin with nourishment. Additional components of the scrub may include essential oils (for their endless list of benefits) and detanning agents like lemon juice. A gentle mixing of all ingredients is usually all that is required to make a sugar scrub. You obviously don’t want the sugar to melt away.

How To Apply A Sugar Scrub?

Apply the scrub in gentle, circular motions. Massage it well onto the skin for a couple of minutes and rinse with water. Your skin will definitely feel smoother and look brighter.

Top 10 Homemade Sugar Scrubs

You can easily make your own sugar scrub with various ingredients available at home. Here are some of the homemade sugar scrub recipes you can try.

Get Flawless Skin With These Sugar Scrubs

  1. Peppermint
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Brown Sugar
  4. Lemon
  5. Coffee
  6. Honey
  7. Lavender
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Vanilla
  10. Candy Cane

1. Peppermint

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Benefits

This scrub containing peppermint and mint has restoring and stimulating properties. Peppermint cools the skin and reduces any inflammation and irritation (2). Almond oil contains essential nutrients, thus providing nourishment to the skin. It smoothens and rejuvenates the skin (3).

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon mint juice
1 teaspoon almond oil
1-2 drops peppermint oil

How To Prepare

1. Add the mint juice, almond oil, and peppermint to the sugar and mix gently.
2. Apply this on your skin.

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2. Coconut Oil

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Benefits

The glycolic acid of sugar will clean your skin deeply. Coconut oil has hydrating properties that will moisturize your skin (4). Cucumber rejuvenates the skin and also improves your complexion (5). With regular use of this scrub, your skin will appear softer and younger looking.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coarse sugar
1/2 cup fine white sugar
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon cucumber juice

How To Prepare

1. Firstly, mix the two types of sugars well.
2. To this, add the coconut oil and cucumber juice, and mix until all the ingredients are blended well.
3. You can also store this scrub in a clean plastic container for a couple of days.

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[ Read: Homemade Body Scrubs for Gorgeous, Glowing Skin ]

3. Brown Sugar

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Benefits

Brown sugar works as an excellent exfoliant (6). The oil is added to the scrub to provide nourishment and not irritate the skin while scrubbing (7).

Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil

How To Prepare

1. Mix all the ingredients till they blend well.
2. Take as much of the scrub as required and gently massage the skin with it.
3. Store the rest of the scrub in an airtight container.

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4. Lemon

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Benefits

Lemon cleanses the skin because it contains natural enzymes that tighten pores and remove tan (8). Honey has moisturizing properties that will leave your skin perfectly clean, soft, and glowing (9).

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey

How To Prepare

1. To the cup of sugar, add the lemon juice and honey.
2. Mix well and apply.

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5. Coffee

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Benefits

Caffeine present in the coffee grounds acts as an antioxidant. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite by preventing excessive accumulation of fat (10). The oil component acts as an emollient. The ingredients of this scrub work together to tighten and tone the skin.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil

How To Prepare

1. Mix the sugar well with the coffee grounds.
2. To this, add the oil. This holds the scrub together and makes it easier to apply.

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6. Honey

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Benefits

While the sugar exfoliates, honey provides moisturization to the skin. It has a soothing effect on the skin and also keeps it young and wrinkle-free (9).

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
2-3 tablespoons honey

How To Prepare

1. Add the honey to the sugar and mix well till you obtain a thick consistency.
2. If the scrub is too thin, add some more sugar to it. And if it is too thick, add a little bit of honey to get the right consistency.

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7. Lavender

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Benefits

Adding lavender essential oil to the standard exfoliant and moisturizer duo will leave you feeling absolutely refreshed. It also has analgesic properties that will help relieve any muscle soreness and pains (11).

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1 cup almond oil
A few drops of lavender essential oil

How To Prepare

1. Add all the contents to a bowl and mix well.
2. You can store this scrub in a clean plastic container.

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8. Olive Oil

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Benefits

This is a simple, yet very effective scrub for clean, glowing, and soft skin. The olive oil will nourish your skin. Orange zest has vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These will keep your skin hydrated, acne-free, youthful, and glowing (12).

Ingredients

3 cups sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

How To Prepare

1. Add the olive oil and orange zest to the sugar and mix well.
2. You can add more olive oil if required. Use the quantity that is needed and store the rest of the scrub.

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[ Read: Homemade Facial Scrubs for Oily Skin ]

9. Vanilla

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Benefits

The exfoliating benefits of sugar and the nourishment properties of the oil are well established. Vanilla extract is rich in vitamins and minerals. It also has antioxidant properties. It nourishes your skin, soothes any irritation, improves skin tone, and also slows down the aging process (13).

Ingredients

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

How To Prepare

1. Firstly, mix the oil, vanilla, honey, and vitamin E well.
2. In a separate bowl, mix both the types of sugars.
3. Mix the liquid components with the sugar to obtain a scrub of thick consistency.
You can also add a teaspoon of vitamin E to the scrub.

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10. Candy Cane

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Benefits

The main ingredient of candy cane is sugar. With the added essential and olive oils, this scrub smoothens your skin, removes dead cells, and provides the necessary nutrients required for optimum skin health.

Ingredients

A glass jar
3 cups white sugar
1/4 cup crushed candy cane
1 cup olive oil
A few drops of essential oil

How To Prepare

1. To the sugar, add the olive oil and essential oil (peppermint oil works the best in this scrub). Mix well.
2. In a glass jar, lay down a thick layer of the sugar-oil mixture. Top this with a thin layer of the crushed candy cane.
3. Again, put the sugar-oil mixture on top of this. Follow it up with another layer of the candy cane powder.
4. Continue this till you fill the jar.
5. When required, take out two to three tablespoons of the scrub and massage on the skin.

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Here is how to make homemade sugar scrubs using natural ingredients that will give your skin the spa treatment. Beautiful skin is now easy to get. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin after rinsing away the scrub.
Try these homemade sugar scrubs and do tell us how they worked for you. Share your experience with us in the comments section below.