Even though, technically, the first day of winter isn't for another month and then some- my face doesn't seem to have any idea. As soon as the weather and humidity changes my face turns into a lovely mess of dry patches and red splotches. It's really a lot of fun! Last week I contemplated taking a sheet of sand paper and a stick of butter to it- but decided instead to make a simple sugar scrub. It took me only a few minutes and my skin is soft and happy.
My ideal scrub simply needs to do three things: cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize. Anything beyond that is just an added bonus.
This recipe can be made using a combination of whatever you have on hand at home and is easily modified.
You will need:
- 1 cup of whatever sugar you normally bake with (I prefer the coarser texture of organic cane sugar).
- 1/2 cup jojoba, olive, almond, apricot kernel, or other unscented body oil.
- 2 tablespoons of castile soap, or your favorite gentle cleanser. I love using Dr. Bronners peppermint or lavender liquid soap.
- A bowl, a spoon (or your hands), and a container to store your scrub in. An old jar is perfect!
Gently combine all ingredients, and transfer to whatever container you plan to store it in. Feel free to add more of any of the ingredients, depending on your preferences. To use: gently apply scrub to your dry face using your fingertips in small circular motions. Don't scrub too hard, or apply after a hot shower as this can irritate skin more. Rinse off with cool or lukewarm water and pat dry!
Keep in mind that while essential oils smell nice- many can be too harsh for the sensitive skin on your face. If you would rather make a body scrub- feel free to add other fragrances and oils. Brown sugar is fine to use as well and has a smoother texture from the additional moisture.