Dead skin cells can pile up on our face — leaving the skin looking dull. A countermeasure for this is some good 'ol scrubbing — exfoliation! And what's a better way to exfoliate than a lovely rose sugar scrub?
So for today, I'll share another DIY project with you — a goodness-packed rose sugar scrub. Not only will you fall in love with its floral scent. You will also get smooth, clean, and supple skin after using it. Plus, this scrub makes for an excellent and affordable gift for loved ones.
Wanna try it out? Read on for this rose sugar scrub's ingredients, instructions, and benefits.
Why Make Rose Sugar Scrub?
1. Questionable Ingredients In Store-bought Scrubs
The beauty industry offers tons of products that will exfoliate your skin. These are products that contain plastics (microbeads), irritating fragrances, glycerin, parabens, phthalates, and other questionable ingredients. Unfortunately, it is often that store-bought products can do more harm than good to the delicate facial skin.
Also, exfoliators available in the market conventionally tend to use microbeads. These exfoliating beads are manufactured solid plastic, less than 1mm in their largest dimension. Several countries, including the USA, Canda, and the UK, have ordered a full ban on the production and sale of microbeads in cosmetics because these are just bad news. Microbeads can cause water pollution and pose a severe threat to the environment of aquatic animals in freshwater and ocean water.
So not only are store-bought scrubs bad for delicate skin. These scrubs are also bad for the environment.
3. Simple Product For A High Price
Scrubs are quite simple products if we break them down. For the most basic scrub, you only need sugar and some oil of your choice. This simple combination is sufficient enough for your exfoliation needs.
So it's crazy to think that some brands in the market get away with selling expensive scrubs! If you look around at prices and the amount you get, you'll be surprised by how a simple exfoliator can get marked up so high.
An example of this is a scrub I saw on Amazon. I kid you not — this scrub was priced at a steep 15$! And guess how much product there is to that price — 0.45oz. That's not even half an ounce!
No matter how popular or promising a brand's scrub is, you are better off avoiding these types that are basically highway robbery.
3. Homemade Is Safer And Cheaper
The good news is that you can just wander over to your kitchen pantry for a safe and inexpensive exfoliator! With only a few natural ingredients, you can make a wide range of skin care products. This includes nourishing face exfoliators like the rose sugar scrub.
Cleanse, exfoliate, tighten, and hydrate — you name it! And there is a DIY facial scrub for all those effects. Plus, when you use ingredients that you find in your own kitchen — like sugar, oil, baking soda, lemon juice, and sea salt — you'll know you are keeping your skin healthy. You are in control of what you apply to your skin.
Not only that, but a facial scrub made at home allows you to mix and match as much or little as you need for a fraction of the price of a commercial product.
Benefits of the Rose Sugar Scrub
If, by this time, you are still not sold on making this scrub — let me convince you!
Let's look at the individual ingredients of this scrub. From these ingredients, we will see the benefits that rose sugar scrub offers for our skin.
Unlike microbeads, sugar is a natural exfoliator that does no damage to the environment nor to the body skin.
Blended sugar exfoliates gently. This gentle exfoliation aids in shedding dead skin cells and any buildup dirt and makeup.
Base or carrier oils are useful for a couple of things in this scrub. First, they act as the medium to 'carry' the scrub's content unto our skin. Second, these base oils moisturize and soothe the skin. One of these carrier oils for our rose sugar scrub is coconut oil. This oil is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. These benefits mean that coconut oil can help you fight acne-causing bacteria and soothe swelling and itchy bumps. So you can be sure that your scrubbed skin will be replenished and rehydrated.
Sweet Almond Oil
Another carrier oil, sweet almond oil, can also do wonders for the skin. With vitamins E and K, it helps the skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines. Sweet almond oil is rich in fatty acids, which help skin retain moisture. This oil can also heal chapped and flaking skin. Plus, it's perfect for rough elbow skin!
Rose essential oil
Rose oil will help your skin stay hydrated and supple. Rose oil can also help with reducing redness and inflammation, soothing dry skin. As the cherry on top, rose oil is a natural source of antioxidants! These antioxidants help skin stay youthful.
Okay, this one is more of an eye benefit. But, I mean, who doesn't love the look of rose petals! Rose petals will give your rose sugar scrub indulgent color and scent. So in using this scrub, you can feel like you took yourself to the spa. Also, the lovely look the petals give makes the scrub a fitting gift for loved ones.
How To Make Rose Sugar Scrub
Now that you know what goodness rose sugar scrub has in store for your skin, here is how to make it! You'll find that this recipe is simple and easy to do. You can even make these scrubs with your friends or family as a time for bonding.
So, without further ado, here is the recipe.
DIY Rose Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Glass Jar
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
- 10 drops rose essential oil
- 1 handful rose petals
- Combine the sugar, coconut oil, almond oil, and fresh rose petals in a food processor.
- Pulse until blended. If the mixture is looking a bit too liquid or dry, adjust by adding an extra tablespoon of sugar or coconut oil, respectively.
- Add in 10 drops of rose essential oil. Stir.
- Store in an air-tight container.
- Gently rub a small amount with your fingers in a circular motion all over your thighs, legs, arms, hands, elbows. Rinse and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite body lotion. You can even use it on your lips - just be aware the scrub contains essential oils and those should not be used internally. So no licking the sugar scrub off your lips 🙂
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Do you feel the same when you DIY? What're some of the best DIY sugar scrubs you've tried? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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