Sugar scrub benefits
Sugar scrub s are a great way to exfoliate the skin, especially during the harsh winter months. Depending on the recip and oils that you use there are many sugar scrub benefits. These include,
Sugar scrubs benefits the skin by manually and chemically exfoliating the skin. Sugar granules will exfoliate the rough patches of skin as they are barasive. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can build up and make dry skin worse. Sugar scrubs are usually gentler on the skin compared to salt granules.
Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid, sugar scrub benefits the skin by increasing cell turnover. The dead skin cells are sloughed away which promotes healthier skin.
Remember to exfoliate no more than twice a week. Exfoliation also removes the skin natural oils which can be drying, especially if you have dry skin to begin with.
Sugar scrubs are hydrating to the skin. Sugar will draw water, it is a natural humectant.
Can you use a sugar scrub on your face?
I do not recommend it. I have dry sensitive skin, I prefer not to manually exfoliate my skin. I choose to use alpha hydroxy acids which seem gentler on my facial skin. I
Sugar scrub recipe
70% sugar white or brown sugar. I prefer brown sugar.
30% oil. This can be a mixture of oils. I try to avoid olive and avocado oil as they have strong scents. Jojoba, almond, safflower and apricot oil have mild scents.
You may go up to a 50/50 mixture but this will probably be too wet.
Essential oils in sugar scrub
In this video I did not mention essential oils. You can use essential oils ups to 1 % but .2% may be enough, start off slow.
In the recipe above you would add 29.8% oil plus .2% essential oil to equal 30%
Although seasonal smells are nice be careful of some essential oils as they can burn the skin. In Autumn cinnamon is popular but it may not be the best choice for sensitive skin. Clove and peppermint can also irritate the skin.
Lemon adds a nice scent but may make you more sensitive to the sun, use it only at night time.
Coloring a sugar scrub
Coloring does add any sugar cub benefits but it can make to look more appealing. Lets discuss some coloring options.
Food coloring is synthetic, it is made in the lab.
Oxides and ultramarines come from minerals, make sure you are using a cosmetic grade if you are applying it to your skin.
Mica comes from the earth but may have heavy levels of metal in it, they need to be processed to ensure heavy metals have been removed. Most cosmetic micas are actually synthesized in the lab.
Botanicals can help pigment your products, they can be steeped in oil as it is heated.
As you can see you can become very creative when it comes to making you sugar scrub.
Another sugar scrub benefit is that they make wonderful presents. Grab a couple of mason jars at the dollar store and print your own labels. Search label templates, there are a ton of free ones online.
Seasonal Ideas for sugar scrubs
- Spring -Floral scents
- Summer -coconut and mange scents
- Autumn Pumpkin and spice
- Winter time Candy cane/gingerbread
How to use a sugar scrub?
Sugar scrubs can be used either by themselves or by moistening the skin with water first. If the scrub is on the dry side it may be of benefit to wet the skin. Apply a small amount of sugar scrub then gently massage areas that you want to exfoliate. Rub your hands, elbows, knees and anywhere that has dry patches. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your skin should feel softer.
If the sugar scrub is very wet appearing there is no need to add water to the skin initially, you will want to rinse with warm water though.
Preservatives in anhydrous formulas
Look at the ingredients. If you are not using a preservative then you should not be using your wet hand to remove the sugar scrub. Try to use a spoon to scoop out the desired amount.
Preservative debate in sugar scrubs
To be on the safe side you should add a preservative. Remember water and oil do not mix. Which brings up to an area of debate. Do you use an oil soluble preservative since it is an oil product. We know bacteria need water to grow. Will the oil soluble preservative preservative be able to fight off bacteria in the ater than do not mix? Do you use a water soluble preservative since you only need a preservative in water. There are preservatives that are both water and oil soluble. One is phenonip which contains parabens. There is no great answer here. If you do not use a preservative than ensure that a clean spoon is used to scoop out the sugar scrub.
If you have no interest in making your own sugar scrub there are plenty to choose from
Ever’s polish is lemon scented. Polish won Allures’s Best In Beauty for 2017.
Lalicious LALICIOUS – Sugar Kiss Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub – 16 Ounces contains cane sugar, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, essential and fragrance oils, vitamin E oil, soybean oil and honey.
Nalani Luxury Sugar Citrus Body Scrub 8oz is a combination of sugar and salt along with a combination of Sunflower, Safflower, Olive, avocado and jojoba oils.
Possible harmful ingredients in sugar scrubs
If you are going to purchase your own sugar scrub then look at the ingredients. Try to avoid,
Coloring such as chemical dyes may be added.
Polysorbates are added if the product contains contain water. Polysorbates help mix water with oil. Polysorbate is a sugar alcohol that is processed. Unfortunately during the contamination process there are contamination concerns. Ethylene oxide is used to treat polysorbate, a dangerous byproduct is 1,4 dioxane. I think I will do a separate post on 1,4 dioxane.
Propylene glycol helps hydrate the skin and works as a solvent. Solvents allows other ingredients to solubilize or be mixed into a formula. The FDA considered Propylene glycol as safe. Prpylent glycol has been shown to irritate the skin and Canada classifies it as expected to be toxic or harmful.
Phthalates are used to scent personal care products, they can be irritating to the lung.