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Winter is notorious for causing dry, red, irritated skin. Between the cold, windy weather outside and dry, heated air indoors, it can be hard to avoid dry skin. Staying on top of your hydration and moisturizing are smart ways to keep the dry skin away, but often, as busy moms, our hands still take a beating. When we’re washing dishes, bathing kids, changing diapers, cleaning the house, and washing our hands constantly in between tasks, it’s nearly impossible to keep our hands soft and smooth. That’s when it’s time to treat yourself to some DIY sugar scrub!
Does Sugar Scrub Really Work?
Sugar scrub is extremely effective (more effective than moisturizer alone) because it moisturizes and exfoliates your skin. I prefer to use sugar over salt for DIY exfoliation because the granules are smoother, finer, and less abrasive overall compared to salt. This is important when your skin is already irritated and fragile from dryness. The coconut oil in this sugar scrub recipe is what provides the deep moisturizing, helping to rehydrate your dry skin.
The result of using sugar scrub is incredibly soft and moisturized skin that feels amazing! If you have never tried it, you are going to wonder where sugar scrub has been all your life. And it is so simple to make. There’s no need to buy a pre-made version.
In fact, by making your own sugar scrub, you can avoid any unnecessary and potentially toxic chemicals that might be in a store-bought sugar scrub. Ingredients like parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrance are known endocrine-disruptors and frequently found in ready-made skincare products. Avoid all risk of that by mixing up your own.
How To Make Homemade Sugar Scrub
Here’s what you will need to make your own exfoliating scrub:
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)- My favorites are peppermint, lavender, lime & bergamot, or dŌTERRA On Guard, but use whatever you like.
- a short, wide-mouthed jar with a lid (jelly jars work well)
Simply stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and then spoon the scrub into your jar. The proportions given here are my personal preference for consistency but it is easy to adjust. If you prefer a drier consistency, add a little sugar to your mixture. If you prefer a smoother consistency, increase the coconut oil.
Fun fact about using coconut oil in sugar scrub: Coconut oil is a solid at temperatures below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature above that and the oil will be a liquid. Because of this fact and depending on the climate where you live, your coconut oil may be in a solid or a liquid form. Coconut oil can be used in this sugar scrub recipe in either state. Usually in the cold of winter, your coconut oil will be solid. It will soften easily and mix together with the sugar without trouble. Use your fingers for mixing (rather than a utensil) to speed the process.
How long does it last?
This sugar scrub recipe has quite a long shelf life. As long as you keep the lid on it when not in use, it should last up to 6 months. (Of course, you are likely to use it up way before that!) Coconut oil itself has a long shelf life of up to two years compared to other oils, which is one of the reasons I prefer to use it over other oils in this recipe.
A little pampering and self-indulgence are always in order, so try out some sugar scrub for yourself! It also makes a great homemade gift for any occasion with a pretty ribbon and note tied around the rim of the jar!
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