Take Care of Your Skin This Winter With This DIY Sugar Scrub

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As soon as cold weather starts to set in, my skin starts acting funny.

And I don’t just mean on my face, either. No, I’m talking about my whole body — legs especially.

It’s easy to wear pants and leggings all winter and forget about what’s under there. No one sees my legs in the winter, so who cares, right?

To be honest, this is what I’ve been doing for quite some time now. It’s fine, at least until I need to wear a fancy leg-baring dress for New Year’s. It also means I have my work cut out for me when spring sets in, and I suddenly have to get my legs ready for all those shorts and dresses.

Taking Care of Skin During Cold Months

I finally decided that I’m ready to take care of my skin, regardless of who does or doesn’t see it. That means no more ignoring my legs during colder months.

My secret weapon? Body scrubs made from kitchen basics.

Sure, you can purchase body scrubs by the thousands in stores or online. However, they’re extremely easy to make and are so much cheaper. Plus, by making your own, you can customize it.

Before we continue with DIY body scrub recipes, I want to mention one thing about those store-bought scrubs — in the event you decide you’d rather purchase one than make one. Be aware of the ingredients in the scrub, and what’s being used as an exfoliant.

Sometimes, scrubs and body washes utilize tiny plastic beads as an exfoliant. These little beads are microplastics, and they are no bueno. These physical irritants are harmful for your skin, and they’re terrible for the environment.

DIY Sugar Scrubs

Anyways, on with the DIY body scrubs!

Sugar scrubs are an easy way to get that silky soft skin that everyone wants. They not only slough away dead skin cells, but they can also help hydrate dry, dull skin. Your legs will thank you! the best part, though, is that you can use this product from head to toe.

Here’s a basic sugar scrub recipe:

Basic Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of oil (coconut or olive oil work great)
  • Drops of any preferred essential oils, or aromatic herbs (optional)
  • 1 wide-mouth glass jar

Mix all the ingredients together, and store in an airtight container. I prefer wide-mouth mason jars, but anything airtight will do.

When using this, try not to get any excess water into the container. Otherwise, it’ll have a shorter shelf life.

Feel free to experiment with different skin-friendly oils or essential oil scents. You can even choose brown sugar instead of white sugar.

Here’s a seasonally appropriate variation on the sugar scrub recipe to get you started:

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Again, mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container, like a mason jar.