Monday, October 4, 2010

Two DIY Natural Sugar Scrubs That Will Tone, Even & Tighten Your Skin


Whenever I am going out and plan to show a little skin, I beef my exfoliating regimen up to 4x's weekly.

Sugar scrubs are my secret to clear, glowing, even skin. I use my homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate my skin while in the shower about 3 times a week. Exfoliating your skin regularly helps gently remove dead skin cells which lends to an even appearance and skin that "glows". Exfoliating is also beneficial for clearing body acne, moisturizing the skin, tighting the pores and helping prevent future breakouts. You can create spa quality body scrubs at home for a fraction of the cost with some of the same great ingredients.
When applying the mixture, make sure to concentrate on areas like your elbows, knees, and feet to slough off dead skin cells.
I like using sugar in my scrubs versus salt because sugar is chock-full of glycolic acid [a form of alpha hydroxy acid] which helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate the skin, protect the skin from toxins, and gently exfoliate superficial skin cells. - I recommend using Brown Sugar in lieu of regular sugar, as it is a lot more gentle on the skin.


Eczema Sugar Scrub
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Raw Honey
2 Tsp Aloe Vera Gel
6 Tbsp Avocado Oil
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • Aloe Vera: Soothes discomfort associated with inflamed skin, strengthens skin tissues. The sugars in Aloe also helps to condition, improve skin's elasticity and hydrate the skin. The gum resins in Aloe Vera also delivers antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin, helping to effectively and naturally treat eczema.
  • Raw Honey: Heals and moisturizes dry patches of skin and inflamed areas. Raw honey has strong antibacterial properties that can act as a protective barrier on broken skin [broken skin usually occurs during scratching]. Raw honey is also purported to stimulate skin regeneration.
  • Avocado Oil: Very rich in vitamins, this oil hydrates dry skin, improves the elasticity of the skin and helps treat eczema and other issues pertaining to inflammation of the skin.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender essential oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it an effective essential oil for treating eczema.


Alpha Hydroxy Cane Sugar Scrub
1/2 Cup Cane Sugar <-- Cane sugar has more glycolic acid vs regular brown sugar
1 Tsp Raw Honey
3 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
3 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
  • Raw Honey: Hydrates skin, acts as a barrier against toxins, evens skin tone and improves the elasticity of your skin. Raw honey also enhances collagen production which makes for tighter skin.
  • Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil nourishes and hydrates the skin. Jojoba is also very similar to the structure of the skin's sebum therefore it penetrates the skin quickly.
  • Grapeseed Oil: This oil is slightly astringent so it has some toning and tightening properties. Grapeseed oil also fades dark blemishes and evens skin tone.
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21 comments:

  1. oh im sure i have most of these things in my cabinet. Trying these tonight! Thanks!

    ~L~
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  2. I use the same eczema sugar scrub recipe and i love it. Will try Alpha Hydroxy Cane Sugar Scrub this weekend. I have never told you but i am in love with your blog.i get excited when i see a new post.xxx

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  3. So you can use the sugar scrub all over your body and not only the face right? Good tips!

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  4. I love my homemade sugar scrub which consists of organic cane sugar and demerara sugar, grapeseed oil,lemon EO and just a drop of anise extract. Its amazing!! I'm going to give yours a try too.

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  5. your skin is flawless. you are my skin guru!

    missdeeplyrooted.blogspot.com

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  6. you look sooooo gorgeous.How do you make your pictures so bright & vibrant?

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  7. hey, the raw honey you're talking about is thick, white-ish color, and opaque?

    I went to pick some up this weekend and didn't know whether you meant that raw honey, or the regular looking honey.

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  8. I've been on the hunt for a scrub to tackle my back... hoping to try the Cane Sugar scrub!

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  9. Ditto to the above statement. It's so hard for me to reach back there with a scrub and not get it on the shower floor lOl. Definitely will be trying the alpha hydroxy scrub as soon as my other scrub runs out (trying to up-cycle). Thanks for the tips :)

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  10. I'm always spending Mega-Bucks on scrubs from brands like Sugar so this was right on time! Since it's all natural no worries for my super sensitive skin. Thanks so much!

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  11. ohh an eczema sugar...perfect!

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  12. I will be trying this! Thank you!

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  13. Thanks for the recipes. Do you use the scrubs on your face? Also can you give the exact measurments for your face oil cleanser? I know you explained it in parts but would appreciate if you can give it in cups? Thanks

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  14. Good tips.. thanks for the information that you provide!

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  15. thanks for sharing this! i have been dying to know your skin secrets for the longest! Your skin is beautiful btw and I will be trying this for sure.

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  16. @L ~DIY Diva~ Thank you! Give it a try, these are a few of my favorite recipes!

    @Pwettybambi; Thank you very much!! Give it a try! And I totally appreciate the support chica!

    @Anonymous; These scrub recipes are formulated for the body! I use different scrubs for my face!

    @Afrikan Latina; That sounds like an amazing scrub! I am definitely going to give that a try!

    @BreukelensFinest; Thank you very much for the compliment sis!

    @Chic Therapy; Thank you! The lighting was exceptionally well that day and I used a 50mm lens!

    @Sam I Am; Yes indeed! My raw honey has an opaque color

    @South Loop Social Light; This would be perfect for you then! I would definitely give it a try! I would have tiny little breakouts from my perfume and this did wonders to clear that up.

    @vetty; I feel ya on upcylcing!

    @RoSi; Yay! And you are working it in your profile pic!

    @BornWithIt; You're welcome! Good luck, I hope you enjoy!

    @Stacye; You're welcome! I don't use these on my face because the oils they are formulated with are a bit too heavy to use on my face. - I will have to figure out my measurements tonight as it varies. I will post them this week on the OCM post!

    @Wilhmina; You're welcome, I am glad you find the info useful!

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  17. In my house, we all use Japanese exfoliating washcloths, which my mother buys from an Asian grocer. I located some on Amazon. com (http://www.amazon.com/Salux-Nylon-Japanese-Beauty-Cloth/dp/B000CSDDDG). I've used these instead of regular towel-like washcloths since I was wee high and I have always received comments on how soft my skin is. When my older sis got stretch marks from weight gain, my mother would come scrub her back with this washcloth...it gradually faded her stretchmarks a few shades lighter. I would caution those with sensitive skin, however, because it can feel a a bit abrasive. But, with use the washcloths gets a bit softer.

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  18. Thanks for the post!! Do you mean the edible Aloe Vera Gel from the health food store or the kind that comes in a tube? Thanks!! :)

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  19. Thanks for all of the helpful hints!! Love how my skin is feeling these days. But I do want to know if you have any alternative scrubs that don't have raw honey as an ingredient. I've had an allergic reaction to the raw honey but still want to try a natural scrub.

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  20. Thanks so much for the recipes! I've bookmarked this page for future reference. Like you, I love the effects of exfoliating skin care products. I'm using a c-exfoliating day lotion, and it makes me feel clean and confident whenever I apply it, like I have a brand new skin every day. I've been reading a lot about natural beauty products, so I think I'll try your recipe soon and come back with feedback.

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  21. Just made the Eczema Sugar Scrub yesterday. used it this morning and my skin feels so soft and moisturized that I didn't even need lotion! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

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