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What is a Sugar Scrub?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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Sugar scrubs are exfoliating treatments that help to soften the skin and restore a healthy glow. The technique can be used as both a facial scrub and a body scrub. While it is possible to purchase commercial products for this type of skin care, anyone can prepare a simple sugar scrub formula at home.

To make your own exfoliating scrub at home, only a few simple ingredients are required. Begin with white cane sugar; this ingredient can be purchased in any local supermarket. Add some type of vegetable glycerin to the sugar in order to create a paste that softens the granules of the sugar without melting them entirely. If glycerin is not available, it is also possible to use such substitutes as coconut or avocado oil.

In order to infuse the sugar scrub with additional nutrients, consider adding a little aloe vera juice to the recipe. The aloe vera is great for moisturizing the skin as well as promoting general healing to the top layer of the epidermis. Vitamin C crystals from the health food store will also add some kick to the recipe, both in terms of aroma and in the nutrient content.

To this basic sugar scrub recipe, feel free to add other elements that will make the product more enjoyable in terms of fragrance. Using a drop of two of scented oils will help enhance the subtle smell from the Vitamin C crystals; for a relaxing scent try adding some lavender or rose oil to your scrub.

Once all the ingredients are mixed, apply a thin layer to the skin. The effect will be somewhat similar to applying a mud pack or other skin treatment. Massage the sugar scrub into the skin gently and then leave in place for three to five minutes. The slightly grainy texture will help to remove dead skin cells, leaving behind healthy glowing skin. Many people also report a feeling of the skin tightening slightly as a result of the treatment.

While many people use this simple sugar compound as a face scrub, the product can be applied to any area of skin desired. The exfoliating compound can be used to help soften the skin on elbows and knees, or give a healthy glow to the legs. Because the sugar scrub takes so little time to prepare, it is easy to mix a fresh batch shortly before application.

For people who prefer to use a commercial product, it is possible to purchase sugar scrub agents at many local retail outlets. In addition, many online stores that carry beauty and skin care products will offer at least one sugar scrub product for sale.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Rundocuri — On Feb 21, 2014

I like to make a homemade sugar scrub with white, granulated sugar and olive oil. The sugar is very softening to the skin, and the olive oil is moisturizing without being too oily. It's also a very easy sugar scrub to make because it only takes two ingredients.

By Heavanet — On Feb 20, 2014

I use a natural sugar scrub at least once a week, and it is great for keeping your skin soft and smooth. I think the natural ingredients are also great for reducing skin irritations that sometimes occur with harsher types of scrubs.

Malcolm Tatum
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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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