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30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

Taking good care of our skin is an important part of a solid beauty regime – especially scrubs that are an excellent way to exfoliate and clear up common skin problems. But how often do we just opt for the store-bought scrubs? To be fair, probably most of the time – after all, who has time to make them themselves?

Well, surprisingly, making our own scrubs can be easy, and with sugar being a wonderful component to get rid of dead skin cells, it can be cost-effective too (nearly a third of the price!) Not only that, but by making them yourself, you can make a huge variety of different scrubs to tailor to your skin type without all the chemicals that can be found in the scrubs at your local beauty store.

How The Sweet Stuff Benefits Your Skin

While eating sugar is not so healthy for our insides, slathering it onto our skin can do wonders, and here’s why.

1. It naturally draws surrounding moisture into the skin. In other words, it’s a natural humectant. So when you add sugar into a mixture and apply it to skin it actually hydrates and keeps it hydrated.

2. It promotes younger-looking skin. Even though ingesting sugar is known to create more wrinkles, applying it to the surface of the skin actually helps skin cells regenerate quicker. This is down to the glycolic acid that can easily penetrate the skin and encourage the cell renewal.

3. It’s an amazing exfoliant. The small particles of sugar obviously make it a good way of getting rid of the dead skin cells and freshen the skin. Brown sugar is less abrasive than white if you’re prone to sensitive skin but both do a good job of softening the skin on your body.

4. It keeps the skin’s natural oil balance. The glycolic acid together with alpha-hydroxy acid contained in sugar helps maintain the perfect oil balance in the skin, meaning it won’t dry your skin out.

5. Keeps toxins out. Sugar prevents toxins from attacking your skin cells, which again promotes anti-aging and slows down the aging process.

Why You Should Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs

As mentioned earlier, homemade scrubs are not only easy, simple, and fun to make, but also won’t put a dent in your bank balance.

Many of the shop-bought scrubs can contain harsh chemicals and don’t always contain natural ingredients. On top of that, we all have different skin types, so it can be hard to find a scrub that caters specifically for you.

By making your own, you can tailor-make a scrub and experiment with what works for you. Once you find the perfect combination you have a wonderfully cheap addition to your beauty regime!

How To Make A Basic Simple Sugar Scrub

A simple sugar scrub recipe is the best place to start, after which you can add different ingredients to suit your needs.

    Basic brown sugar scrub

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown)
    • 1/2 cup of oil (olive or coconut oil work well)

    What to do:

    • Simply mix the sugar and oil together, putting it into an air-tight jar.
    • When in the shower or during your beauty regime, just take as much as you need, rubbing it in a circular motion on your body or face. Wash off with warm water.

    Yes it’s that simple!

    The sugar scrub will last for up to 2 months but using it twice a week will get you using it up in no time.

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    30 Great Sugar Scrub Recipes For You To Try

    Want to mix it up a bit? Here are 30 sugar scrub recipes that can help you get some inspiration.

    1. Raspberry And Lemon Scrub

      Get that fruity smell by adding fruit essential oils to your scrub. So good you’ll want to eat it!

      2. Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

        If you’re a chocolate lover then this will be your ultimate scrub. It can also make a lovely gift when put into small jars.

        3. Green Tea Sugar Scrub

          Pack in some extra antioxidants with green tea – your skin will thank you for it!

          4. Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

            Not only does this smell good, but it makes for a great body scrub as it’s cooling and energizing, antibiotic, and deodorizing.

            5. Cucumber And Mint Sugar Scrub

              Try this scrub for a refreshing smell and cooling feel – perfect for soothing tired skin.

              6. Cranberry Sugar Scrub

                Another great source of antioxidants, this cranberry scrub will smell good and keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy.

                7. Lavender and Lemon Sugar Scrub

                  Create a refreshing lemon or a relaxing lavender scrub – or why not combine the two?

                  8. Pina Colada Sugar Scrub

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                    If you like to be reminded of that fabulous beach holiday you had last year then this is the scrub for you. Go with exotic smells to recreate this fantastic cocktail-inspired scrub.

                    9. Unicorn Poop Sugar Scrub

                      This is a bit more time-consuming, but makes a great, unique gift for friends and family with a sense of humor!

                      10. Sage And Blackberry Sugar Scrub

                        This combination gives a great earthy aroma and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

                        11. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes

                          Adding peppermint will make sure you wake up properly in your morning shower. Making these convenient cubes can help control how many you use and also makes a great gift for someone special.

                          12. Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub

                            Try this winning scented combination for the ultimate shower experience in the morning.

                            13. Coffee Sugar Scrub

                              The stimulating properties of coffee makes this scrub great for cellulite and a bonus if you love the smell of coffee in the morning.

                              14. Orange And Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

                                Bursting with zesty smells, this is incredibly easy to make and will help heighten your senses.

                                15. Coconut Rose Body Scrub

                                  This recipe uses salt but substitute it for sugar and you’ve got heavenly scented softer skin.

                                  16. Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

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                                    This scrub makes a great Christmas gift – or just keep it all to yourself!

                                    17. Shea And Vanilla Sugar Scrub

                                      This scrub will leave your skin feeling extra soft with the addition of shea butter and coconut oil.

                                      18. Floral Sugar Scrub

                                        This pretty scrub gives an assortment of smells, and with the addition of flower petals, can look great in any bathroom.

                                        19. Spring Easter Sugar Scrub

                                          A great novelty gift idea in time for Easter. Create these carrot-style scrubs and make someone smile!

                                          20. Lemongrass And Camomile Foot Sugar Scrub

                                            Have a mini spa experience at home and make this great foot scrub that’ll leave your feet sandal-ready this summer.

                                            21. Black Tea Sugar Scrub

                                              If you prefer black tea to green tea then try this wonderful scrub.

                                              22. Strawberry Sugar Scrub

                                                You can’t go wrong with the smell of strawberries, and using cheap freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe will make the best-smelling scrub so far!

                                                23. Margarita Sugar Scrub

                                                  Having a girls pamper day? Why not try these margarita scrubs – be careful not to accidentally drink them!

                                                  24. Root Beer Float Sugar Scrub

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                                                    Continuing the drink theme, these root beer scrubs not only smell great but feel great too.

                                                    25. Red Wine Sugar Scrub

                                                      Prefer red wine over cocktails? Then this is the perfect scrub for you.

                                                      26. Coconut Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

                                                        The combination of sugar and oatmeal makes this the best exfoliator for dry skin together with the moisturizing qualities of coconut oil.

                                                        27. Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

                                                          Love the smell of pumpkin spice? Then make this your go-to scrub this autumn.

                                                          28. Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub

                                                            If it’s good enough to eat out of the jar then it’s good enough to spread on your skin.

                                                            29. Butter Beer Sugar Scrub

                                                              One for the Potter fans, this is butter beer in scrub form.

                                                              30. Apple And Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

                                                                And finally, a classic smell combination for any time of the year. Just be careful not to eat it!

                                                                Featured photo credit: chezbeate via pixabay.com

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                                                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                                                2. Unplug

                                                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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