Quite often, when we talk about skin problems we refer to our face all the way down to our necks. We do our best to have a glowing and radiant complexion using all different types of facial serums and creams.
How come, though, we do not spend so much time and effort on our body skin? We rarely mention body-skin problems and instead we talk about cellulite and unwanted hair. The occasional time we will talk about it, it will be due to hydration problems, especially during winter time.
Our body skin needs pampering too, though, and the application of a body cream is just not enough. In order to be baby-soft and healthy, it “screams” for exfoliation as it removes dead cells from its surface helping it regenerate. It also decreases blackheads, minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and impacts in all-over healthy, young glow.
Unless all external dead cells are gently removed, not even the best moisturizer can work itself through. Cleansed of dead cells, the skin also works better in excreting toxins and breathing more freely.
Now that spring is here, it is time to start taking care of our body more intensely to make it smoother, younger, more hydrated and irresistibly radiant. And without spending a fortune on beauty spas or over-the-counter body scrubs. All we need is a trip to our kitchen for a sugary sweet beauty treat.
A lot of sugar can be bad for your heart, teeth, weight; everyone agrees on that, right? What we don’t know, however, is that sugar can be very good for your larger body organ, your skin!
Before you all storm out to buy cheesecakes, chocolate brownies and all types of sweet treats, let me quickly and with great sadness (sorry, ladies!) inform you that eating your favorite sweet does not help!
You will have to use sugar externally in order to enjoy its beauty benefits. How, you are probably wondering. Well, in the form of a homemade sugar body scrub!
- Sugar is rich in glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is usually a key ingredient in pricey cosmetic products. Glycolic acid has the ability to penetrate the skin and make the removal of dead cells easier. It also helps to improve sun damage, treat aging skin and its antibacterial properties can help with acne troubles.
- Sugar is a natural humectant. In simple words, it retains moisture and prevents its loss. A sugar body scrub can seriously help hydrate the skin and lock the moisture in, as it combines the natural moisturizing quality of sugar with the benefits of a natural oil, like olive oil, which is used to form a unified paste.
- Homemade body scrubs use either sugar or salt as the main scrubbing ingredient. Sugar scrubs, though, are more beneficial than their rivals. Salt can create microscopic tears in your skin as it has rougher edges than sugar and it can also strip skin of its natural oils.
White or brown sugar?
If you are wondering which type of sugar is best to use, the answer is brown. It has much smaller particles than white sugar, making it gentler and safer, even for sensitive skin and as well as the face. Still, it is strong enough to remove dead cells and reveal the new, healthy looking skin underneath.
Sweet body scrub recipe
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of olive oil (or coconut oil)
- few drops of any essential oil you like, like lavender or peppermint
- Mix all ingredients until they combine well to a sticky, thick but manageable paste.
- Start from your feet and work your way up to your neck and face, in gentle, circular movements, going clockwise for a few counts, then counter-clockwise. This will achieve the most complete exfoliation and also improve circulation.
- Rinse off gently with warm water.
- Towel dry your skin and let it balance itself for a few minutes before applying your regular moisturiser. Any remaining scrub can be stored in an airtight jar, in a dry, cool place for up to three weeks.
I personally prefer to use this body scrub on wet skin but you can use it on dry skin also, it is entirely up to you. You can use it 1-2 times a week or as frequently as you feel your skin needs it. Just remember that daily exfoliation can be really harsh on your skin, as it will not give it enough time to balance itself.
If your skin is irritated or sun-burned, it is best to avoid using any type of body scrub until it fully recovers.
If you suffer from a skin condition, like acne, eczema, you should consult your doctor before using any kind of body scrub, as rough and excessive rubbing can irritate the skin further.
If your skin is extra sensitive, or you are scared about how it will react to a homemade scrub, it is best to do a small patch test first.