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A DIY Natural Sugar Scrub for Soft Skin

The change in temperature is usually reflected by a change in your skin—often for the worse. Dry, cracked, itchy, and anything but soft, it never hurts to give your outer layer a little extra love (aside from your regular moisturizing routine) to attain a healthy glow, no matter the season.

The key to achieving a silky, smooth full-body complexion is the right combination of exfoliation and hydration. The former, exfoliation, can be a slippery slope as many products that are overly harsh or that contain beads that are too coarse can leave the skin raw and injured rather than removing the intended dead cells and bacteria—they simply go too far.

By using a gentle exfoliator like the fine grains of sugar in this recipe, you’ll allow the skin to soak in much-needed moisture by eliminating the shield of cells that prevent absorption. This natural scrub then combines moisturizing agents of coconut oil, which is an antibacterial and anti-fungal, as well as an excellent hydration tool to enrich the skin with vitamins and nutrients, and olive oil, which allows the scrub to be applied and lathered with ease. The lavender essential oil is a toxin-free way to add a calming and relaxing scent.

This scrub, made with natural, chemical-free ingredients, is gentle and ideal for almost any skin type. It does double-duty to both exfoliate and hydrate, leaving the skin with a soft glow and a delicious sweet scent. It can be applied to both wet or dry skin but should be rinsed off with warm water (avoid using hot water, which tends to dry out the skin even more) for the best results. The best part? It takes just minutes to make and each batch is good for several uses. Get ready for glowing skin all year round. Find the delightful DIY recipe below.

Lavender Sugar Body Scrub

1 c. Organic coconut sugar
1/2 c. Olive oil
2 tbsp. Coconut oil (liquid form)
5 drops Lavender essential oil

1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. (It’s easiest to use your hands to incorporate everything evenly.)

2. Apply the scrub to wet or dry skin using a circular motion to help exfoliate.

3. Rinse with warm water.

4. Store excess scrub in a glass jar with a lid for future use (a small mason jar is ideal).

5. Enjoy your silky, smooth skin.

Know any other great DIY personal care recipes? Share in the comments!


About the Author

Meg is a NYC–based entrepreneur and editor, and she is co-founder and CEO of the healthy living and wellness app, Ellevate. She has a strong editorial background as a former editor for POPSUGAR and New York editor of DailyCandy. She’s always scouring the lifestyle marketplace to uncover the best new product, playlist, eatery, or wellness trend. Need to know what’s going on in the world of beauty, fitness, food, or fashion? Ask Meg.

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