Last winter I shared one of my winter skin care tips for battling how DRY my face gets in the winter. Today I'll share my little tip for keeping the rest of my skin moist and smooth, even during the winter months: sugar scrub! Sugar scrub is the easiest thing to throw together at home, especially since you probably already have most of the ingredients. Sugar scrub in its most basic form is sugar and some sort of oil; I like using safflower or sunflower oil because it doesn't have a scent like olive oil tends to have. A few drops of essential oil gives your scrub a fresh scent, but the best part of this sugar scrub is the coconut oil. Organic coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all types of skin, but especially for dry skin. Coconut oil also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin that come with premature aging.
DIY Coconut-Citrus Sugar Scrub
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup safflower oil
10 drops essential oil (I used grapefruit)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
In a bowl, combine the sugar and the oil. Add more or less oil depending on how oily you like your scrub. Mix in the coconut oil until well combined. Add the essential oil to get the desired strength of fragrance. Scoop mixture into container. To use, slather across hands and body for fresh, smooth skin; rinse with water. Not recommended for use on face.