You are going to love the variety of sugar scrub recipes available today. Whether you are here to find a recipe to help greasy, ashy or scaly lizard skin, a little sugar scrub lovin' will work wonders. Body scrubs in general, whether sugar or salt, are great for exfoliating. Used in a shower, they slough away dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath. The process leaves you soft and glowing all over.
Knowing that everything you put on your skin will be absorbed, it is important to use the highest quality materials for your homemade sugar scrub recipes. Seek out the best ingredients you can afford. If you have a friend who enjoys scrubs as well, share the cost and buy in bulk.
When using these sugar scrub recipes, it is recommended that you use either refined white or light brown sugar. They are mostly interchangeable. If you want a vegan scrub, stick to the brown sugar. Keep in mind that if you are using muscovado sugar, its softer than turbinado or demerara. This makes it gentler on your skin, but then doesn't exfoliate as well.
Refined White Sugar: The regular white sugar we are used to seeing and using. It can be purchased from any grocery store.
Light/Dark Brown Sugar: This sugar is 95 percent refined white sugar with a thin layer of added molasses.
Muscovado: This is an unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. You can find this at most health or natural food markets. If your regular grocer carries it, most likely it will be in the natural foods section.
Demerara: This is a type of sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color.
Turbinado: This a raw sugar. It is less processed than brown sugar and is made from the first pressing of sugar cane. It retains some of the natural molasses.
Baking Soda: Though not a sugar, if you want the lightest exfoliation, substitute the sugar for baking soda.
All sugar scrubs should be refrigerated once made. They should last up to 2 weeks if property stored. It is best to make small batches and use it fresh so mold or bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow.
Carrier liquids are as interchangeable as the sugar and salt options. Choose your carrier liquid or oil based on your own needs and skin type.
AVOID Baby Oil/Mineral Oil: Baby oil contains mineral oil. Mineral oil does not absorb into the skin and when evaporates, it will leave your skin feeling dryer than before. Also, mineral oil clogs your pores, making your skin look drab.