I don’t usually suffer from dry itchy skin … except for this time of the yr. As the weather gets drier and colder, my condition exacerbates. Speaking of cold weather, here’s the forecast for us folks in the Boston area: “Potential historic winter storm and Blizzard is expected to drop around 2 feet of snow Friday into Saturday.”
Anyhow, I absolutely LOVE using sugar scrubs in the shower because it leaves my skin so baby soft and plenty moisturized. AND here’s the bonus- I can skip applying lotion afterwards (love efficiency)! Sugar scrubs are definitely my go to beauty regimen for winter scaly dry skin.
A few weeks ago, I used up the last tid bit of my sugar scrub. Haven’t had the chance to buy another one when it hit me… why can’t I just make my own?!! Did some quick research online and found that it was such an easy and inexpensive thing to do. All you really need are oil and sugar. The rest are minor details.
The first part is choosing an oil. There are several options for this including (but not limited to) almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, and baby oil. I chose coconut oil b/c I didn’t want the sugar to turn yellow which is what olive oil would do. Plus I like the smell of coconut. However, if I didn’t already bought the coconut oil, I would’ve used baby oil.
2nd part is choosing the sugar. This is fairly simple- either regular granulated sugar or brown sugar (softer for sensitive skin). The mixture is typically 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil. Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, I melt it prior to mixing.
3rd part’s all about details: scent and aesthetics. Add essential oils of choice to achieve your favorite scent. No essential oils? Just add in raw ingredients such as lemon, dried lavender flowers, peppermint, rosemary, honey, ginger, or in my case…tea!
I have the most amazing scented tea sitting on my shelf. This cherry rose tea was sent to me from the folks over at Compassion tea a while back. It was so perfect for this project. I crushed the tea leaves and mixed them into my sugar scrub for texture and visual. Not to mention, the smell of the roses is so delightful!
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