The Best DIY Sugar Scrub: 5 Easy Recipes for Every Skin Type

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Physically exfoliating is an essential part of skincare. Exfoliates work gently, lifting away dead skin cells before they clog your pores. If you don’t exfoliate, the dry and dead skin cells even make it more difficult for serums, creams, and oils to work properly.

How do you know when to exfoliate? You can tell it’s time when your skin feels dry or scaly to the touch. For some people, exfoliating is best two to three times per week. Others stick with once each week. Your sufficient frequency will also change with climates, age, hormones, and seasons.

I first noticed a real need to change my skincare regimen when I moved to Colorado two years ago. The dry climate paired with elevation and harsh sunlight caused my poor face issues I had never experienced in the Midwest before. The temperatures change by the hour here and seasons change in a day, so I started to experiment with homemade sugar scrubs for my many ever-changing needs.

DIY sugar scrub recipes are simple and inexpensive, making them an excellent natural exfoliator for your homemade skincare regimen. You can easily whip up a small amount when you’re in a pinch, or make larger batches of your favorite scrubs to use in different seasons. Plus, many of the ingredients you need are probably in your kitchen pantry already!

Before you jump into making homemade face scrub, consider your skin type. Customize the face scrub you make (like all your other products) based on your needs. Below, I’ll show you my favorite easy-to-make recipes for each skin type. Check out my short list of other natural ingredients to use as alternatives perfect for your homemade scrubs as well.

1. Dry Skin

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Dry skin is the #1 sign that you should exfoliate. The brown sugar buffs away dead skin, while the raw honey soothes the skin. Both ingredients are natural humectants, which means they help preserve and lock-in your skin’s moisture. They also clear pores, remove flakes, and never damage the skin.

Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub

Instructions: Mix fine brown sugar and raw, local honey in a bowl. Stir thoroughly.

Optional: If your skin is extra-dry, such as during harsh winters, try adding in a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. The oil offers healthy fats and moisture.

Yield: Immediate, single-use.

Using the Scrub: Cleanse first. Wet your skin using warm water. Rub a small amount of the scrub onto your skin in small, circular motions. Gently massage for a few minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Other Pantry Ingredients Perfect for Dry Skin:

2. Oily Skin

The first sugar scrub recipe I ever attempted, I modified my  Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub  over time for ultimate perfection. I enjoy adding in dried lavender buds or seeds for color, depending on the season (and how well my garden is growing).The first sugar scrub recipe I ever attempted, I modified my  Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub  over time for ultimate perfection. I enjoy adding in dried lavender buds or seeds for color, depending on the season (and how well my garden is growing).

The first sugar scrub recipe I ever attempted, I modified my Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub over time for ultimate perfection. I enjoy adding in dried lavender buds or seeds for color, depending on the season (and how well my garden is growing).

No more pimples, acne, or blackheads! The powerful sugar scrub combats blemishes thanks to the antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties in lemon. It’s an anti-inflammatory that also reduces the natural sebum your oily skin over-produces, and the natural astringent prevents future breakouts.

As for the oils, olive oil and jojoba oil are the best carriers for oily skin. Olive oil unclogs pores and cleanses the skin from the inside out, while jojoba cuts back on the natural sebum oil your skin produces. Lavender is another skin-healing essential oil with anti-inflammatory and calming properties.

Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub

Instructions: Mix the sugar and oils together in a bowl. Add in the olive oil, then the lavender and lemon essential oils last. (Sometimes I use half olive and half jojoba oil.) You can use whichever is your favorite). Garnish with dried lavender seeds or flower buds. Stir thoroughly.

Yield: 7 (4-oz) glass mason jars.

Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars for storage. They last around 2-3 months.

Where to Buy: Short on time? Want to give sugar scrub as a gift? Order the Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub from our store today.

Using the Scrub: Cleanse first. Wet your skin using warm water. Rub a small amount of the scrub onto your skin (face and body) in circular motions. Gently massage the skin for a few minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Other Pantry Ingredients Perfect for Oily Skin:

3. Sensitive Skin

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No, this isn’t a breakfast recipe! But it sure looks like one.

Ground oatmeal is the single best natural ingredient for sensitive skin because it’s soothing. The anti-inflammatory properties and lactic acid (yogurt or milk) in this scrub help calm any blemish issues, while the oatmeal gently unclogs your pores, absorbs oil and dirt, and cleanses the skin.

Curious about the other ingredients? Brown sugar works to hydrate and exfoliate simultaneously, and the raw honey cleans without overdrying sensitive skin. Jojoba oil is my favorite carrier oil for normal, oily, and sensitive skin types because it’s similar to the sebum your skin naturally produces. Finally, the lavender essential oil has skin-healing properties.

Oatmeal Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal (finely ground)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or any fine sugar)

  • 1/4 cup raw honey (local, organic honey is ideal)

  • 1/4 cup yogurt (or substitute milk or water)

  • 1-3 tablespoons of jojoba oil (Rocky Mountain Oils is my go-to)

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions: Grind the oatmeal and brown sugar together using the blender or a coffee grinder. Transfer the grounds to a bowl, then add the raw honey, yogurt (optional), jojoba oil, and lavender essential oil. Stir the ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 9 (4-oz) glass mason jars.

Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars for storage. They last around 2-3 months.

Using the Scrub: Wet your clean face (or body) using warm water. Rub a small amount of the scrub onto your skin in circular motions. Gently massage the skin for a few minutes, and leave the scrub on your skin for another 5-10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Other Pantry Ingredients Perfect for Sensitive Skin:

4. Combination Skin

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub  reduces dry skin issues in the harshest of winters, making it a holiday season sell-out. This sugar scrub is my absolute favorite item in  the store  because the smell is as intoxicating as your skin feels after you use it.Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub  reduces dry skin issues in the harshest of winters, making it a holiday season sell-out. This sugar scrub is my absolute favorite item in  the store  because the smell is as intoxicating as your skin feels after you use it.

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub reduces dry skin issues in the harshest of winters, making it a holiday season sell-out. This sugar scrub is my absolute favorite item in the store because the smell is as intoxicating as your skin feels after you use it.

My personal favorite, coffee grounds are a mild full-body and face exfoliant. The caffeine and antioxidants in the coffee tone and perk up tired skin, while jojoba oil is a non-greasy and moisturizing ingredient perfect or oily and combination skin types. It’s collagen-boosting and ultra-gentle.

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub is my go-to for winter. I also think the peppermint essential oil makes this scrub an excellent gift for the holidays.

You can use fresh coffee grounds or reduce the waste you produce by re-purposing used grounds for this sugar scrub recipe as well. Instead of throwing the coffee ground away after you make your morning cup of joe, place them in a bowl with a tablespoon of carrier oil. Say goodbye to cellulite and acne.

Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub

Instructions: Mix the sugar and coffee grounds together in a bowl. Add in the jojoba oil next, followed by the peppermint essential oil. Stir thoroughly.

Yield: 4 (4-oz) glass mason jars.

Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars for storage. They last around 2-3 months.

Where to Buy: Short on time? Want to give sugar scrub as a gift? The Peppermint Coffee Sugar Scrub is also available for sale through our store.

Using the Scrub: Cleanse first. Wet your skin using warm water. Rub a small amount of the scrub onto your skin in circular motions. Gently massage the skin for a few minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Other Pantry Ingredients Perfect for Combination Skin:

5. Mature Skin

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Photo by Elahe Motamedi on Unsplash

Skincare changes with age. Mature skin thrives from the brown sugar in this sugar scrub recipe due to the anti-bacterial properties combined with natural vitamins and minerals to retain moisture. It even boosts collagen and skin elasticity. Rosehip and anti-aging rose essential oils are great for mature skin to combat sag, fine lines, wrinkles, and tone.

Rose Brown Sugar Scrub

Instructions: Mix the sugar and oils together in a bowl. Add in the rosehip oil first, waiting to drop in the rose essential oil last. Garnish with dried rosebuds. Stir thoroughly.

Yield: 5-6 (4-oz) glass mason jars.

Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars for storage. They last around 2-3 months.

Using the Scrub: Cleanse first. Wet your skin using warm water. Rub a small amount of the scrub onto your skin in circular motions. Gently massage the skin for a few minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

Other Pantry Ingredients Perfect for Mature Skin:

Remember to Rub the Scrub in Gently

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If your face turns red or burns after using your sugar scrub, you are most likely pushing too hard. Being too aggressive with the scrubs cause more issues. You only need to apply light pressure or gently move the scrub around your skin in semi-circles.

Some ingredients may also cause allergic reactions, especially in young children. These scrubs are ideal for treating adult skin only. If you notice a rash or any sign of allergy, stop use immediately.

If you have no allergies to the ingredients you use and only rub your skin gently, you should notice silky, soft skin. Make sure to remain patient and consistent in your use for the best results as well.

No Time to Make Sugar Scrub?

You don’t have to do-it-yourself to still take advantage of homemade sugar scrubs. Order your favorite from our  store  today!You don’t have to do-it-yourself to still take advantage of homemade sugar scrubs. Order your favorite from our  store  today!

You don’t have to do-it-yourself to still take advantage of homemade sugar scrubs. Order your favorite from our store today!

No worries, we all get busy sometimes.

If you have no time to make sugar scrub or simply hate doing it yourself, don’t stress. You can buy your favorite sugar scrub right here on DIYH. Head to our store to pick up your favorite homemade sugar scrub recipe in a snap.

Or, check out our other skincare products.

There are so many amazing natural ingredients for skincare! Play around with the ingredients right for your skin type to find the face and body scrub perfect for you.

Let me know how my sugar scrub recipes work for you in the comments below. What other scrub recipes have you tried based on your skin type? Did you love them?

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