Another super easy natural beauty product DIY for you. I was in the need for a gentle exfoliator for my face and body and really didn't want to spend a lot of money or buy yet another product that was too harsh for my sensitive skin.
A bit of internet research revealed that sugar makes an excellent natural scrub when combined with a bit of oil - two ingredients I already had in the house! You can use any kind of sugar you like. Some people say that brown sugar is softer on the skin, but personally I didn't find white sugar too abrasive and I have pretty sensitive skin; give them both a go and see what you think though. You could also try different oils like coconut or almond. I added a squeeze of lemon to my scrub for the smell and also because of lemon's natural antibacterial properties - a drop of tea tree oil would probably work well for the same reason.
Make Your Own Moisturising Sugar Scrub for Face and Body
1 heaped tbsp sugar (I used white granulated)
1/2 tbsp olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
There really aren't directions for this beauty DIY, because it's so straightforward to make; just mix the ingredients together to make a paste and away you go! These amounts make enough for one face and body exfoliating session. If just using on your face, I estimate this would be enough for about five sessions. It's so quick to make, I'll probably just make a portion each time I want some - but of course, you could scale up the recipe so you always have some ready.
I can't recommend this scrub enough - unlike a lot of store-bought exfoliators, I found it a real pleasure to use. My skin felt smooth and moisturised after using, and the scrub didn't trigger my skin sensitivity at all. As I was using it in the morning, I used a gentle toner on my face following the scrub to remove any excess oil. However, if I were using it before bed I probably wouldn't bother - my skin felt very nourished, not greasy - I just wasn't sure how well make up would sit on top of it.
A really nifty little homemade beauty product that I'll definitely be using again!