I have tried all of these recipes and found them to be beneficial. I also like to mix up different scrubs every week to maximize benefits.
Frequent exfoliation is a secret to maintaining youthful, healthy, and beautiful skin. Brown sugar scrubs not only work wonders, but they are easy and inexpensive to make at home.
The great thing about making your own scrubs at home is that you can customize them to fit your skin needs precisely. Do you like how soft oils from a scrub leaves your skin? Or do you prefer a non-oily recipe that will wash off easily and prep your skin for moisturization? This article will provide you with a few different recipes that you can customize into your own perfect concoction.
Tip: For any of these recipes, if you find your scrub is too dry, add a little more liquid. Likewise, if it is too wet, add a bit more sugar.
1. Simple Scrub With No Oils
This is an excellent scrub to make that you can whip up quickly. It's a simple scrub, yet very effective.
- Mix 1 part honey and 1 part brown sugar together until the sugar is moistened. I usually find that it takes about 1/4–1/2 cup mixture to cover the entire body.
- Hop in the shower and rub the mixture in small circles all over the skin, especially in the dry places that need some extra love.
- If you find that the scrub is too sticky and pulling on your skin, dab your fingers in a little water, and that will help the scrub rub on smoothly.
- Rinse with warm water, and you'll immediately feel a difference in the texture of your skin.
What Are the Benefits of Adding Natural Oils to Your Skin Scrub?
To create this following scrub below, you can use any oil that you prefer as the base. Here are the benefits of common oils used in body scrubs:
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is high in antioxidants, which will help soften your skin without clogging pores. It is gentle and non-irritating, even for the most sensitive skin. It has vitamins A and E and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- Almond Oil: Almond oil is lightweight, a natural emollient, and high in omega fatty acids and in vitamin E. It won't clog pores and can be used with other skin care treatments or on its own as a potent moisturizer.
- Avocado Oil: Avocado oil penetrates deeply into the skin, leaving a long-lasting effect. It is high in vitamin E and healthy fats, all essential ingredients for healthy skin. Cold pressed oils are always the best, as the minimal processing retains a higher amount of vitamins and nutrients in the oils.
You may also want to add honey to the scrub, which will give your skin the additional boost of antibacterial, moisturizing, and skin-softening nutrients.
Essential oils may be used if you would like to add scent to your scrub. Only a few drops are necessary.
Also, consider adding vitamin E oil to your scrub. Vitamin E is a powerful natural antioxidant that is an essential ingredient for skin care. Because your body doesn't produce it on its own, it's important that you supplement your skin with vitamin E to help prevent free radical damage as well as to soften and renew your skin.
2. Scrub With Healthy Oils and Vitamins
Here's how to make a great skin scrub using healthy oils and vitamins.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup oil of choice
- 1 tsp vitamin oil (not necessary but very beneficial for the skin)
- 1 tsp vanilla or a few drops of essential oils (optional)
- 1 tbsp honey (optional, but has many properties that are very beneficial for the skin)
- Mix the ingredients together until combined and no clumps remain.
- Using a tablespoon or two at a time, rub in a circular motion all over the skin.
- Allow it to sit on skin for approximately 5 minutes so the skin can absorb the vitamins and nutrients found in the oils and honey.
- Rinse and enjoy!
Note: This recipe will yield approximately one to two full body scrubs, depending on how dry the skin is and how much scrub is used. It can be stored in airtight containers if you have leftovers. The amounts in any of these recipes can be increased to be given as gifts.
3. Skin Tightening Scrub
This scrub contains spices that the previously described scrubs do not. The ginger and cinnamon will increase circulation and get the blood moving toward the surface of the skin, which will refresh, renew, and tighten your skin.
This being said, ginger and cinnamon may also be irritating on the skin, so use these ingredients cautiously.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup preferred oil of choice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp honey (optional)
- Mix ingredients in a bowl until combined and smooth.
- Gently rub mixture in a circular motion all over the skin.
- Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse and enjoy!
4. Almond and Oatmeal Scrub
Adding ground almonds to your scrub will give your exfoliation some extra oomph. Oatmeal has natural anti-inflammatory properties, prevents dryness, and cleanses pores. Use a food processor to grind the almonds and oatmeal.
- 1 tbsp ground almonds
- 1 tbsp ground oatmeal
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup preferred oil
- Vanilla or essential oils (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain in the mixture.
- Using a tablespoon at a time, gently scrub mixture onto the skin in a circular motion.
- Wait 5 minutes before rinsing to allow the nutrients to be absorbed into your skin.
- Store any extra mixture in an airtight container.
Experiment With Different Recipes Until You Find What's Right for You
As you create your body scrub, feel free to add, change, reduce, or expand these recipes any way that works best for you and your skin. Play around with different ingredients until you find a combination that you love.
I like to mix up and make different body scrubs every week to maximize the benefits of the body scrubs. You can also try using ingredients such as white sugar if you find the brown sugar alone is too rough, salt if you find the scrub is too gentle, or ingredients such as lavender, coconut or cocoa powder.
I would love to hear which body scrubs you use and how they work for you!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
blue-v on November 06, 2013:
amazing stuffs, I like exfoliating my skin once a while, and brown sugar definitely will save up a lot for me.
Toy Tasting from Mumbai on September 25, 2013:
It is really amazing to see brown sugar, if used on skin can show wonders. I will surely use your tips.
Thanks for sharing these tips,Jenna :)
Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on September 24, 2013:
Congratulations on HOTD. This is a great recipe. I have most of the ingredients. This is one I have to try!
Schoolmom24 from Oregon on September 24, 2013:
Although I use lots of natural scrubs on my face, I haven't tried a body scrub- now I want to! Plus, hadn't thought of brown sugar. Thanks for some great scrub recipes! (And I agree about olive oil...it's one of the only moisturizers I use on my face the last two years and it seems to help me stay looking younger.) Voted up and useful!
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 24, 2013:
This sound great and I am going shopping to try these. I love scrubs because my body feels so clean and shines with a healthier glow.
W1totalk on September 24, 2013:
The depth and thought with recipes in this article are great. Thank you.
Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on September 24, 2013:
I love making face and body scrubs. My most recent request was for a foot scrub. I love using essential oils for added benefits. And it is fun playing around with the different textures and benefits of oils used. Thanks for sharing. And congratulations on your Hub of the Day!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 24, 2013:
Congrats on the HOTD! I still have brown sugar in my pantry. I hope it is still good for making this scrub tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.
Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on September 24, 2013:
Some of these brown sugar mixtures sound good enough to eat. I am curious to try one, especially the oatmeal scrub, because I have dry skin. Voted Up and Useful.
mathira from chennai on September 24, 2013:
I never thought brown sugar can be used on skin. I will try it and see. Excellent tips,Jenna.
Christopher P from Estonia on September 24, 2013:
Brown sugar? On skin?
Heather from Arizona on September 24, 2013:
I was just thinking about homemade scrubs the other day! I am going to try the brown sugar and honey. Great hub with lots of good info! Pinning for later. Thanks :)
GiblinGirl from New Jersey on January 16, 2013:
Who knew brown sugar could help tighten your skin. Thanks for the info!