I have always loved the idea of creating my own skincare but never seem to find the time. Well not this year, I am actually going to make all the things I say I will! As most people did, I had the first couple of days of the year off and so got to making a few things. This is the first, some homemade sugar scrubs.
Sugar and salt scrubs are both great natural exfoliants and that is just what skin needs in the depths of winter, a good scrub to get rid of the dull! I did a good bit of research and found that sugar scrubs are the best as an all over body scrub as they are the most delicate on your skin. Salt scrubs are good for the harder bits of skin, like you heels, but they can aggravate more sensitive areas. I decided to go with a sugar scrub to start as my skin is pretty sensitive, as I am sure you all know by now, I do moan about it a lot!
I made two different kinds as I had the ingredients on hand, but really the options are endless. One was made with fresh limes, the other with essential oils. As all my recipe and homemade posts seem to go, these were super easy to make and both were done in under 10 minutes. So here it is,
Homemade: Sugar Scrub
2 x tablespoon Coconut oil
1 x cup Brown Sugar
1 x Fresh Lime
10 x drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
*note these ingredients are for one kind of scrub, you can double up and make to the point of adding either lime or oil and then split.
Heat the oil over a medium heat until it changes into liquid form. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and mix well. Once mixed add the final ingredient depending on which scrub you are making.
For the Lime sugar Scrub I added the juice and zest from one lime. For the Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub I added 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
And that is it!!
Over the past fortnight I have been using the scrubs and I really do like them. There are two downsides to the scrubs, one is they are a little bit greasy from the coconut oil but this leaves my skin very moisturised. The other is annoyingly the coconut oil resets so the scrub becomes very hard. There are two options for this, work it in your hand to soften it or heat it in the microwave or in boiling water to soften again. (I plan on trying a few other oil types to see if I can sort this issue so watch this space)
The Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub is a great start to the morning in the shower and is fabulous to ease congestion especially at this time of year. The Lime Sugar Scrub is fresh, it smells so good you could eat it, which to be fair, you could!!!
Have you given any other scrubs a go? How did you get on? If you try these do let me know too!!