Gently exfoliating the face is a great way to get rid of those dead skin cells to give your skin a youthful glow. And that is exactly what this homemade sugar scrub will do for you. This cleansing process helps reduce the buildup of bacteria, which can get into the pores of the skin. When this happens, it can cause the skin to be unhealthy and even break out, creating unwanted inflammation.
Exfoliating is helpful, but only if you are using the right facial scrub ingredients. Making your own facial scrub is so easy and much better for your skin than so many of those off-the-shelf face scrubs. If you want to avoid unwanted chemicals, make your own homemade sugar scrub with natural ingredients like coconut, honey, and orange essential oil. Let’s get to it!
DIY Sugar Scrub
You likely have everything you need to make this face scrub, but, if not, the ingredients are easy to find and will give you that soft, supple and glowing skin you’ve longed for.
Let’s get started! I recommend making your homemade sugar scrub right in the jar that you plan to store it in, but you can make it in a small bowl and transfer it to a tight-lidded jar, if you prefer.
In a small jar, add the coconut oil and honey, using a small wooden spoon to stir. Coconut oil offers amazing antifungal and antimicrobial characteristics that help keep the skin fresh and bacteria-free in addition to helping to moisturize the skin.
Next up — the sugar! Add the sugar and blend well. While eating lots of sugar is not a good idea, using it to help remove dead skin cells is. I suggest brown sugar because it is softer, which is a better choice for the face. Choose organic if possible, as it’s a little more coarse than regular brown sugar. A coarser brown sugar like turbinado sugar or natural brown sugar works well for a DIY body scrub but may be too rough for the face.
But what makes sugar good for the skin? It is a natural humectant. What that means is that it helps hydrate the skin.
Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid, which is commonly used to treat dry, sun-damaged and aging skin. You may have seen the ingredient alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This ingredient helps the skin, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin.
Next, let’s add the essential oils. Orange essential oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, making it a perfect addition to this sugar scrub recipe. It can help those with acne-prone skin, too, and encourage the absorption of vitamin C and collagen production — both great for reducing the effects of aging.
Add the tea tea oil now. Tea tree oil is a favorite of mine for helping the skin stay healthy and free of acne. The antibacterial properties, known as terpenes, are very healing and mild. Blend all of these ingredients together and get ready to do your homemade sugar scrub!
(You can also try this DIY coffee scrub for the body and face.)
How to Exfoliate the Face
Start with clean skin. Try my Homemade Face Wash, which is just as easy to make. Once you have cleansed the skin, gently pat it dry, leaving a bit of the moisture on the skin. Use a spoon or small spatula to scoop out a little facial scrub — never use your fingers so that you avoid bacteria entering the container.
I usually stand over the sink or apply it in the shower to minimize any mess. Just gently rub the sugar scrub over your face and neck and use the extra on your hands to soften them. Avoid getting too close to the eyes.
Once you have covered your face and neck, allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then gently rinse with warm water. Pat your skin dry. Apply a dab of coconut oil or try this Lavender and Coconut Oil Moisturizer. Do this once or twice a week for soft, supple and glowing skin!Print
Gently exfoliating the face is a great way to get rid of those dead skin cells to give your skin a youthful glow. And that is exactly what this DIY sugar scrub will do for you.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
- 4 tablespoons organic brown sugar
- 6 drops orange essential oil
- 6 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a small wide-mouthed jar, add the coconut oil and honey.
- Add the sugar and blend well with a small wooden spoon.
- Next, add the essential oils.
- Blend all of the ingredients together.
- Store in a tight-lidded jar in a cool, dark place.
To use, wash your face and pat it dry, leaving a bit of the moisture on the skin. Use a spoon or small spatula to scoop out a little facial scrub. Gently rub the sugar scrub over your face and neck and use the extra on your hands to soften them.
Once you have covered your face and neck, allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then gently rinse with warm water. Pat your skin dry. Apply a dab of coconut oil or other natural moisturizer. Do this once or twice a week for soft, supple and glowing skin!
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Method: Mixing
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