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DIY Organic Brown Sugar Face Scrub

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DIY brown sugar face mask to slough off dead cells and reveal youthful skin underneath.

DIY brown sugar face mask to slough off dead cells and reveal youthful skin underneath.

Brown Sugar Exfoliating Scrub

Pamper yourself with a simple, exfoliating, DIY face scrub that you can make at home. All you need is brown sugar and olive oil, and you can whip up an amazing treatment to safely cleanse off those dead cells!

What Makes Brown Sugar Good for Skin?

Brown sugar is an excellent skin exfoliator. It helps slough off dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin. This allows room for new, healthy skin cells to regenerate and function properly. It will also deep cleanse your skin, removing grime and germs from within skin pores and preventing further breakouts. Brown sugar also contains glycolic acid, a powerful alpha hydroxy acid, that helps expel toxins and bacteria, as well as moisturize skin. It is also a hydrating agent and it locks moisture into your skin cells and guards against skin dryness. Use brown sugar instead of white sugar because it is more gentle on the skin and works well for very sensitive skin.

How to Make the Face Scrub

With only two easy-to-find ingredients, this facial scrub can be made in a jiffy. It's great for exfoliating oily, acne-prone skin. If you have dry skin, beware of over-exfoliating your skin.


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Take a look at this table showing the benefits of brown sugar and olive oil.

Whip up just 2 ingredients to create a powerful face scrub that exfoliates and deep cleanses pores.

Whip up just 2 ingredients to create a powerful face scrub that exfoliates and deep cleanses pores.

IngredientsBenefit for skin

Brown sugar

Great exfoliator. Gets rid of excess dead skin. Deep cleanses skin pores. Prevents further breakouts. Removes blackheads and white heads. A natural humectant which moisturizes skin. Removes excess sebum in skin pores.

Olive Oil

Natural skin moisturizer. Rich in vitamin E and healthy fat, olive oil lubricates and hydrates dry, withered skin. Does not clog pores. Prevents further breakouts.


  1. Gather the ingredients to be used in making this face scrub.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a small bowl. Stir well.
  3. The face scrub should not be drippy. Do not add more olive oil, as this will dissolve the sugar. Adding too little olive oil will make your face scrub rough and dry, which will cause skin redness.

Useful Tips

  • Use extra virgin olive oil for the best results. Processed products may irritate your skin or cause acne breakouts.
  • Be gentle! Do not rub the sugar face scrub too hard on your face. This will give you a burning sensation as well as red, unsightly skin.
  • Your face may be a bit red after the scrub. This is because of the sugar scrub which stimulates proper blood circulation in your face. The redness will disappear after some time and your face will be glowing and free from peeling skin and dead cells.
  • Olive oil will not clog your pores, but deep cleanse your skin to remove grime, pollution, dirt, and germs.

More Face Masks for Beautiful Skin

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.


Nisha on January 01, 2018:

Can you store in a container to use at a later time?

Maisie Billson on July 08, 2017:

I tried this earlier today, and the results already look amazing! Just wondering though, when should I do it again? Shall I do it again tomorrow, wait a few days or just do it weekly? :)

Crystal on June 08, 2017:

Can I substitute the olive oil for sweet almond oil instead?

C on May 04, 2017:

This is always what I use. I have super dry skin that flakes no matter what(with this exception)even coconut oil doesn't do it for me but olive oil is HG when it comes to hydrating my skin it's the one thing that actual leaves it glowing

Madalaine Watson on April 09, 2017:

Can I substitute it with Canola Oil?

BM on March 18, 2017:

I work with a woman who is in her 60's. She came in glowing one morning just last week, she looked younger and refreshed. She told me about this. She says it will take a year off of you. So don't laugh until you try it....

myesha83 on December 21, 2016:

Is extra virgin olive oil okay? Is there a type of brown sugar should be used or is okay?

April on December 12, 2016:

Hope it works

Marie on November 11, 2016:

Do you use warm or cold water to rinse it off?

dymond on July 23, 2015:

How long do you leave it on and do you rise with warm or cold water or both?

healthmunsta (author) on April 12, 2014:

You sure can! Coconut oil is a great beauty oil and you can find more face masks with coconut oil here:

Tine on April 12, 2014:

Can I substitute olive oil into coconut oil??

healthmunsta (author) on January 13, 2014:

Awesome! The brown sugar scrub is a weekly must for me! Keeps the blackheads at bay ;)

rls8994 from Mississippi on January 13, 2014:

This is a great tip and sounds very simple to do. I will be trying this soon. Voted up! :)