Before I made some serious changes to my diet and approach to the toxins in my home, I was totally engrossed in the world of “skin care” products. Due to my acne-prone skin, most of those products were designed to get rid of excess oil… because clearly my skin issues were due to too much grease. (sigh)
Turns out my acne wasn’t because of oil… it was because my dry flaky dead skin was always clogging my pores. And it wasn’t until I started to be more diligent about exfoliating my skin that I saw any improvement.
Gross, I know.
Of course getting good real fats into my diet, switching out toxic beauty products for safer alternatives, and getting stress under control made the biggest difference in my skin issues. But I still love a good, gentle exfoliation.
Enter this sweet vanilla sugar scrub. So easy. So deliciously simple. And a great way to gently scrub away dead skin to give you a natural glow.
In fact, my husband used this and said his face felt 30 years younger. (Sweet.)
The sugar scrub ingredients and their benefits:
Sugar: Naturally inhibits bacterial growth. Plus its rough texture helps slough off dead skin cells.
Honey: Has been used for skin care for centuries! It’s a powerful moisturizer and antioxidant. It also helps protect skin against damage.
Olive Oil: Moisturizes, nourishes, and cleanses the skin.
Vitamin E: Owing to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E is both a natural preservative and nourishes the skin.
Vanilla: Smells super yummy. (I like yummy things, okay?)
Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup olive oil (you can substitute avocado, almond, or coconut oil as well) (where to find quality oils)
2 Tbs honey
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (you could also use 5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil)
½ tsp vitamin E oil (like this)
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Apply the sugar scrub to your face, neck and throat. You might even want to use some on your hands to slough off dry or dead skin. Be careful not to scrub vigorously. Use a circular motion and work the scrub into your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Avoid the eye area completely. This skin is delicate and should never be exfoliated with a scrub.
Rinse the face using warm water and finish with a nice cool splash of water to close pores.
Of course you can use this scrub on your whole body, too. Always finish with a cool rinse and pat skin dry with a clean towel.
And then bask in your natural beauty and glowing soft skin!