Guest post – A Sweet and simple DIY body scrub from BES Skincare
It’s coming! Winter is on its blustery way, ready to ravage our skin with its cold, dry air and sun-deprived days.
We all know that when the mercury starts to drop, our skin can take a real beating. The dry air robs our skin of any moisture it had leaving it feeling dry, cracked, scaly, and itchy. And let’s face it – dry, cracked, scaly skin is never a good look for us ladies.
Luckily, we scrub savvy sistahs are well versed in the benefits of skin scrubs and how they can restore our winter-ravaged skin back to it’s radiant and soft pre-winter state.
With that being said, today we are going to embrace our inner DIY diva and learn how to make our own oh-so-simple scrub using ingredients most of us have sitting in our kitchen, just begging to be used for a DIY project.
Curious to know which cupboard you should raid? Keep reading.
Aw Sugar Sugar, Oh Honey Honey
What makes this scrub so good is not just how cheap it is or how beneficial the ingredients are, but how freaking easy it is to make…and how tasty it is! Not that I taste my homemade scrubs….much.
But I digress.
To make this simple sugar scrub, all you need is 2 ingredients – or 3 if you want to get really crazy – and about 5 minutes of your time.
Just hit the kitchen and gather up:
- 1 cup of raw Sugar – white or brown Sugar will work if you don’t have raw
- 1/2 cup of Honey – pure or organic Honey is best if you can find it
- a few drops of your favourite Essential Oil (optional) – I like Vanilla, Coconut, Peppermint, Rose, Jasmine or Lavender
Once you have your ingredients, simply mix them together in a bowl until it is evenly combined and can be spread onto your skin without running off. Scoop your mixture into a clean glass jar and label so you know which scent you are using.
The Sugar in this scrub works to gently exfoliate and slough away the dead skin cells, helping to expose new, fresh layers of skin. The Honey, on the other hand, is a natural humectant that works to hydrate your skin and lock moisture into the deeper layers of your skin, keeping it feeling soft and eliminating any itchiness.
Of course, if slathering yourself with Honey sounds a little too sticky, try substituting it with Olive or Coconut Oil. Both oils are excellent alternatives to Honey and still help to nourish your dehydrated skin cells back to life, naturally.
Finally, the purpose of the Essential Oil is to add a nice, calming fragrance to your homemade scrub so that you step out of the shower smelling fresh, and feeling soft.
Oils such as Rose, Jasmine and Lavender also help to trigger stress-relieving reactions in our brains causing us to relax and feel happier. After all, I think we can agree that Winter’s dreary sunless days can take a real toll on our emotional state. So if you are indulging in a long, hot shower (or bath) try taking a few deep breaths for a couple of minutes to really breathe in the calming scent of your scrub.
It’s a quick and easy way to ease any feelings of stress as well as give your dry, itchy skin the DIY TLC it so badly needs.
Have a sugar scrub recipe you would like to share? Leave it in the comment section below!