With summer approaching, I wanted to do a quick tutorial on how to make your own scrub to get your skin smooth and glowing without having to take a trip to the spa! Exfoliating your skin is so important and is the best way to get that glowy, dewy skin. When you exfoliate, you are removing all of those dead skin cells that have built up over time. This allows your product to penetrate and do what it is supposed to do! Exfoliating also increases cell turnover which leads to the “newer” skin coming to the surface at a faster rate. There are two types of exfoliation: Chemical and Manual. Chemical exfoliation uses different types of acids to remove layers of skin. Manual exfoliation removes skin by manually buffing the skin. What is great about this scrub is that it will provide you with both a chemical and a manual exfoliation. The chemical exfoliation will come from the lemon which contains citric acid….lemons are also natural skin brighteners! The manual exfoliation will come from the grains of sugar. Please note: I recommend this scrub for use on your body only. I know there are lots of recipes and blogs out there that suggest using salt and sugar on your face (they are using smaller granules) and you certainly can if you feel that your face can handle their recipes. However, know that sugar and salt have jagged edges and they may put tiny abrasions/tears in delicate skin such as your face…..which can lead to bacteria getting in.
Lemon-Citric Acid provides a great chemical exfoliation. Lemons are also natural skin brighteners.
Glasser Farms Coconut oil- (a gift from my friend Tracy) . Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing and provides anti-microbial properties from the lauric acid it contains.
Organic Honey - (from my sister’s bees). Honey is also extremely moisturizing and provides anti-microbial properties. I would recommend using the best/most natural form of honey you can find so you get all of the benefits it provides in its pure state.
Raw Sugar- For you local readers-My sugar is from Harris Teeter. This is what will provide our manual exfoliation.
Grab a little bowl, container or whatever you have handy (I used a large ramekin) and pour in about a 1/2 cup of raw sugar. Take a couple tablespoons of honey and pour it into the sugar. The amount of honey depends on how much you want to “dilute” the sugar. If you want a more coarse and thick scrub, add less honey.
Now we are going to add in some coconut oil for its moisturizing properties and also to add some slippage to the scrub. Grab a tablespoon full and add it to your honey and sugar mixture. If your house is cold like mine, you will need to heat up your coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds to turn it into it’s liquid form. Add this to the honey.
Cut your lemon in half and squeeze one end into your honey, sugar and coconut mixture. Mix together.
Now you are ready to use your scrub! I always exfoliate myself with dry skin as opposed to dampening the skin first because you are going to get a greater exfoliation. After I am done exfoliating, I let this scrub sit on the skin for a couple of minutes to let the coconut oil and the honey penetrate. You will get a little red from any exfoliation-including this one…but it will go away quickly! However, if you find that this scrub is too rough for you, trade out the raw sugar for something smaller like salt or granulated sugar. Rinse off and apply a great moisturizer! Enjoy your smooth and glowing skin just in time for summer!!!!