Are harsh chemicals wreaking havoc on your skin? Usually my skin is fine with over-the-counter skincare products, but lately it's been looking a little dull. So I decided to try out a few natural, exfoliating recipes to restore my skin's shine.
Brown sugar is a great exfoliator because of its grainy texture. It's gentler than white sugar, so it can even be used on sensitive skin. It's also a great moisturizer, especially when combined with ingredients like honey and olive oil.
Treat yourself to some TLC with these simple brown sugar scrubs. Your skin will thank you!
Brown Sugar Face Scrub
The original recipe found on Makeup and Beauty Blog calls for:
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- Fresh-squeezed lemon (from about 1/4 of a lemon)
After you carefully scrub your entire face, leave the scrub on for a few minutes. This allows your skin to absorb all the benefits of the scrub.
When I made this scrub, I found that this was a little too liquidy. In the future, I will use less honey. As is, the recipe makes enough for 4-5 uses.
Brown Sugar Body Scrub
This recipe, which I found on CollegeFashion, left my skin feeling incredible. It was super soft and three days later, I can still see a difference. It uses all the ingredients from the face scrub above with the addition of olive oil, which is a great moisturizer.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil; I used extra-virgin olive oil, as it is the purest form of olive oil and low in acidity
- Fresh-squeezed lemon (again, from about 1/4 of a lemon)
This scrub can be used on your whole body. Be sure to use it in the shower to avoid a big mess, and don't forget to moisturize after using it!
While exfoliating is great for your skin, it's important that you don't overdo it. These recipes are made with natural ingredients, so they are less harsh than many over-the-counter products, but exfoliating too frequently can still irritate your skin and do more harm than good. Only exfoliate about every four days.