Beauty products can really put a dent in the wallet, but with a little bit of creativity and the right ingredients, you can make some of those products right at home. Spices and herbs have a wide variety of uses, even unexpected ones such as skin care and aromatherapy.
This sugar scrub livens up your skin. For most people, preventing signs of aging is a high priority, and this is just one simple way. The combination of sugar and spice not only softens and tones the skin, but it also increases blood circulation. This body scrub is gentle yet strong enough to scrub the feet to help remove rough skin and callouses. Who know spices and food ingredients could be useful in so many different ways?
Better Ingredients, Better Price
The greatest reason for making your own facial scrub is closely related to knowledge of ingredients. By making it at home with natural ingredients you can ensure that chemicals and processed or artificial items—which are often counterproductive to the health of your skin—are omitted. Plus, you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry.
As a bonus, these products can be made inexpensively at home, particularly when you compare the cost to what's charged in spas or health stores.
Lavender boasts both anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, which allows the herb to soothe the skin in a natural way without clogging pores. Plus, the aroma of lavender is well known to ease head pain and stress. Additionally, pure vanilla extract is a good source of antioxidants, which can also help soothe skin and attempt to fight those unwanted signs of aging.
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond oil (or other light facial-grade oil, such as jojoba, olive, or grapeseed)
- 1 tablespoon honey
Whisk together the white and brown sugars. Stir in the vanilla until it is evenly distributed. Add the lavender, gently crushing the buds between your fingers.
Stir in the oil, then the honey, mixing until evenly combined. You will have a thick paste. Transfer the scrub to a non-reactive, airtight container, such as a glass jar. Affix a label and instructions for use.
To use, gently massage a small amount of scrub in circular motions over clean skin, avoiding sensitive eye and lip areas. Rinse with warm water, followed by a cool water splash. Pat dry. Follow with a moisturizer, if desired. Use the scrub two to three times a week to exfoliate dead skin cells. If using on the face, be cautious to massage the scrub very gently into the skin to avoid overexfoliating.
- When picking which type of sugar to use, use the finest grains you can get—the larger grains could rub your skin raw.
- Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to make up your own scent combinations.
- If you want the product to double as a cleanser, add in a teaspoon of baking soda.