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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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                                                                Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                Video Summary

                                                                Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                  1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                  Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                  • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                  • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                  • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                  • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                  2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                    Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                    Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                    3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                      Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                      4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                        Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                        A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                        A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                        On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                        5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                          Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                          6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                            Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                            7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                              Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                              How to hold a plank position

                                                                              1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                              2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                              3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                              4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                              5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                              6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                              7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                              Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                              Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                • Prolapse
                                                                                • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                • Previous childbirth
                                                                                • Overweight

                                                                                Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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