Part of repairing your skin is exfoliation. It wipes away the dead skin and makes way for smooth, gorgeous skin to regenerate in its place. After trying countless commercial products full of every miracle drug in the book, I still enjoy a good vitamin-infused sugar scrub any day. The most basic sugar scrub is a really easy formula. It just takes 2 parts sugar to one part oil and whatever scent floats your boat. Simple, right?
I’ve taken the basic formula and added in three ingredients that boost your body’s ability to repair itself if you’re struggling with wrinkles, sun damage, or post-birth mom pooch. These are all a great once-or-twice daily mix. The ingredients are a bit longer than the standard scrub, but well worth it and easy to find at your local health food store or pharmacy. (I’ve been applying the vanilla mint one three times a day on my belly’s wrinkles and washing it back off with a damp cloth.)
Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub
- 2 1/4 Cups White Sugar
- 1 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Spearmint Extract
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin C Oil
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin A Oil
- 1/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Pour your sugar into the bowl you’ll be mixing in. In a separate bowl, mix your oils and extracts. Note that they won’t mix perfectly. the extracts will pool into tiny beads throughout the oil. This helps it evenly distribute through the sugar. Pour your oil mixture into the sugar. I found the easiest way to get it to mix evenly is to take a small spoon and pretend your digging a hole in the sand over and over. As you dig into the sugar, the oil will begin to seep in. Once it’s mixed in, leave it covered for around ten minutes. Come back to check it, mix it well, and make sure it has a nice wet-beach-sand consistency. You can add extra sugar or oil to adjust it to your liking. Put your scrub into a jar with a good seal.
Benefits of the Oils:
I know, I know. Lots of extra ingredients. Here’s why. Vitamin A is great for promoting skin regeneration (a key part of exfoliating) and fighting wrinkles and roughness. Vitamin E is a natural preservative for your scrub because of all of its natural anti-oxidant properties. It also helps the skin retain its moisture and is great to have on before you go out in the sun. Vitamin C is good for more than just fighting colds! It takes care of the free radicals that promote skin aging and fights wrinkles.
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Author of this DIY formula is not a medical professional and this is not to be taken as medical advice. It is always a good idea to check with your physician before making changes to your skincare routine. This post may contain affiliate links.