If like me you bravely ventured out to the supermarket only to find there was absolutely no flour in the baking aisle you'll be pleased to know that this quick little DIY body scrub could be the perfect way to get your baking and beauty fix.
I am sure we all deserve a bit of self care at the moment so why not give this a try, it is pretty much two ingredients that I am sure you will have in the pantry and all you need is a bowl, mixing spoon and a container.
Sugar body scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin, removing dead skin cells and lifting any dirt away. Not only do they leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple but your skin will feel hydrated with a natural glow.
To get started, have a look in your pantry for any type of sugar you might have on hand, you can practically use anything, white sugar, brown sugar or raw sugar. Secondly decide what you are going to bind your sugar with, I used coconut oil for a more moisturising scrub but again anything really goes. Feel free to use any of these, olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, apricot oil, almond oil.
- Brown sugar is a less abrasive option and makes a good scrub if you have sensitive skin.
- White sugar is great for all skin types and can be used 2-3 times a week.
- Raw sugar is the coarsest option but it is the least processed and has the most essential minerals.
To make your scrub:
Place 1cup of your sugar in a medium mixing bowl - I used a half and half blend of brown sugar and raw sugar. Then mix 1tbls of your chosen oil into your sugar at a time, mixing in between - I melted my coconut oil to a liquid form to make mixing easier. You may need 2-3tbls of oil depending on your sugar and oil combinations but you are aiming for a sandy consistency. If the mixture is too runny the sugar will just dissolve, simply add more sugar if it seems to liquidy.
If you want to jazz up your scrub you could add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils, vitamin E oil, vanilla extract or some dried lavender or rose petals. If like me you were a limited by what you had in the cupboard you could add a squeeze of lemon juice for a little freshness. I also added a pinch of lemon rind and sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves, because why not!
Once you have got your desired consistency and added in all your extras spoon into a jar or container.
How to use your scrub:
Use your scrub in the shower or after a bath. I find it best to lightly pat the skin dry after showering and then apply the scrub in circular motions to slightly damp skin. I like to let it soak in a little before rinsing off, that way the skin has time to absorb the oils. If you are using the scrub on your face remember to be extra gentle.
I use my scrub whenever I feel the need for a bit of a pamper, 1-2 times a week would be ideal.