Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Are you sugar scrubbing yet?

Are You Sugar Scrubbing Yet?
Scrubbing your face and body with sugar is a gentle way to exfoliate the skin. The basic ingredients for a sugar scrub includes: Sugar, liquid, a few drops of essential oils, and your favorite moisturizer or lotion.

But why use a sugar scrub?
But why would you want to use a sugar scrub in the first place? Sugar scrubbing is a great way to remove dead skin cells from your body helping to speed up your skins’ renewal process.

How does a sugar scrub help my skin?
As the skin is being massaged in a circular motion, excess oils and grime are removed, the skin is softened, stimulated, and the blood flow beneath the skin is increased – all resulting in a beautiful healthy glow.

Where to start
First begin by washing your face and body with a gentle soap or other cleanser and warm water. Grab a handful of pre-made sugar scrub and massage it into your skin in a circular motion. The sugar will dissolve naturally. Rinse the sugar scrub from your body, pat your skin dry with a clean towel, and then follow with moisturizer for your face and body lotion for your body.

When you are ready to give sugar scrubbing a try, here are some great recipes you can put together in less time than it takes to make a cup of hot tea.

Invigorating Lemon Sugar Scrub
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon juice from a fresh lemon
3 – 5 drops *peppermint essential oil

In a small plastic bowl, combine all of the above ingredients together to form a paste. Wet skin and then rub sugar scrub over your body in circular motions. Keep the paste away from the eye area. When the sugar dissolves, rinse your body with clean water and then pat your skin dry.

*For a calming sugar scrub, try lavender or rosemary oil instead of peppermint oil.


Almond Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
1 cup of sugar
¼ cup almond oil (depending on the consistency you prefer)
5-10 drops of grapefruit essential oil

In a small plastic bowl, combine all of the above ingredients together to form a paste. Wet skin and then rub sugar scrub over your body in circular motions. Keep the paste away from the eye area. When the sugar dissolves, rinse your body with clean water and then pat your skin dry.

Give sugar scrubbing a try. You’ll be amazed with the results of this simple home made beauty treatment. Not only will your skin feel soft, but also the scent from the essential oils will make you feel as if you have just come from a spa.

Because sugar scrubs are natural and gentle, use them to uplift your spirits and soften your skin a few times a week. Experiment with different oils, lotions, and fragrances as you wish, and be sure to keep the sugar scrub away from the eyes.

This article is from our website Makeup and Beyond. For more beauty secrets visit us at http://www.makeupandbeyond.com/

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