“Exfoliants like sugar remove old, dry, dead skin cells and allow new skin cells to surface and accept moisture,” says natural skincare product designer Lauren Burger.
Here’s her easy recipe for a luxurious summer scrub you can make in minutes:
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1/2 cup white cane sugar
1-3 drops lavender essential oil
Whisk together the olive oil, sweet almond oil (find it at health food stores), sugar and essential oil. Pour into a container with an airtight lid. It should last two to three weeks if kept away from water (it dissolves the sugar).
Use a tablespoon scoop to dish out a few dollops once or twice a week, scrub and rinse.
The olive oil is full of vitamins and minerals that can help firm and moisturise (no worries – the smell rinses away). The lavender is great for healing damaged skin like cuts and burns, and regenerating skin cells.
Treat your feet: swap the sugar for salt for a coarser callous-worthy foot scrub.
Wake-up call: For an invigorating blend, skip the lavender and replace the 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup unused, finely-ground coffee grinds. Choose an organic coffee free from flavours and syrups to avoid aggravating you skin.