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How to Make Natural Sugar Body Scrubs

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author image Willow Sidhe
Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.
How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Sugar body scrubs help keep your skin healthy by removing dead skin cells, stimulating circulation, and lifting away dirt and excess oil. Sugar contains natural glycolic acid, which dissolves dead cells and cleanses the skin. Make your own sugar scrub so you can keep track of the exact ingredients that you're allowing to touch your skin. Although gentler than salt scrubs, sugar scrubs may still irritate extremely sensitive or thin skin. Use them with caution if your skin is prone to irritation.

Step 1

How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Place the brown or white sugar into a clean glass jar. Brown sugar is more gentle on sensitive skin, but both types provide the same exfoliating benefits.

Step 2

How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Pour in the oil to the sugar and stir well to combine. Use any type of vegetable or specialty oil, such as coconut, safflower, olive, jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel, avocado or wheat germ.

Step 3

How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Sprinkle in dried herbs and stir again until all of the ingredients are combined. Include shredded ginger as an exfoliant, lemon peel to alleviate lethargy and increase energy, lavender flowers to promote relaxation, or ginseng to increase energy and circulation.

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Step 4

How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Add essential oils to the sugar mixture and combine. Use your favorite scent, or an oil that imparts the desired mood or effect. Incorporate a citrus oil, such as lemon or orange, for its refreshing qualities; cinnamon or clove to stimulate circulation; or lavender for relaxation.

Step 5

How to Make Natural  Sugar Body Scrubs
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Place a lid on the glass jar, label the contents, and store the mixture in a cool, dark place when not in use. For maximum freshness, use the scrub within six months. To use, massage 1/4 to 1/2 cup scrub onto moistened skin in a circular motion, then rinse.

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