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This has been a crazy winter weather-wise, and in my neck of the woods it has been snowing a LOT. Some of my friends in other parts of the country are really bummed that they haven’t gotten any snow yet, but I’m pretty sure the reason they haven’t gotten any is because it all fell in the Midwest. We haven’t had a major snow event for a couple of weeks, but we still have about 5″ on the ground, with a few more inches predicted for the weekend – along with dipping temperatures.
My skin is really starting to feel the effects of this winter weather, and the fact that a long, hot shower is my favorite way to warm up isn’t helping. We have a humidifier on our furnace, which definitely helps, but to really keep my skin hydrated I have been doing a regular exfoliating and moisturizing routine.
Exfoliating before moisturizing is a vital step because not only does it smooth the appearance of the skin, is sloughs off dry skin cells so your moisturizing agent can better penetrate the epidermis (It has been 18 years since I was in beauty school – aren’t you impressed I remember that??).
Before you shell out money for a spa brand exfoliator, check your cupboards! You can make an effective, luxurious sugar scrub out of 3 simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
DIY Sugar Scrub
Here’s what you will need to make your own sugar scrub:
• essential oil(s) of choice
Combine, then store in a container. If you are going to use this around the shower or tub, you may want to use a plastic container because, well, broken glass and bare feet aren’t a good combination. Scoop the sugar scrub out with your hands, and rub thoroughly over whatever (or whoever) you are wishing to exfoliate. This is great for dry feet!
Another note of caution: this should kind of go without saying, because it’s just common sense, but be careful with oil and showers/bathtubs. I once had a coworker who got the bright idea to add some fragrant oil to his bathwater. A quick slip, broken rib, collapsed lung, and naked ambulance ride later, he decided that probably wasn’t the wisest bath addition. Oil + water + bathing receptacle = skating rink of death.
Essential Oil Suggestions
You could use a variety of different essential oils for this scrub, but I will share a few of my favorites. I use Young Living Essential Oils, which you can read a little more about here. Your skin is your largest organ, so I suggest using the same quality of ingredients in this scrub that you would if you were eating it.
You can combine these three, or use them individually. Frankincense is my favorite oil, and it has a distinct, exotic scent that isn’t overpowering. Myrrh makes an excellent pair for Frankincense, and may help improve the appearance of dry, dull skin. Patchouli possesses the same qualities, but has a distinct scent that you will either love or hate. It is one of my favorites, and I am always asked what scent I am wearing when I use this one!
Lavender has a floral, clean scent and the essential oil is very versatile. This one can be used alone, or cocktailed with another oil of your choosing.
• Citrus Fresh
These two are blends that are exclusive to Young Living. Citrus Fresh has a zesty, fresh scent that’s really energizing. Joy is a sweet, floral blend that is wonderful in this scrub! It is definitely one of my favorites.
This scrub makes a great gift, so I am also sharing a free label printable you can use! Click the image below to download the file.
I know you are going to love how your skin feels after this scrub! Which essential oils are you going to add?