You may find both brown and white sugar scrubs to use on your face and body.
You can use either, but we prefer to use brown sugar on our faces and white sugar on our body’s.
Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes interchange them when we’re in the shower!
But we do love this easy brown sugar facial scrub. We always have the ingredients on hand and it just takes a few minutes to whip some up.
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Brown Sugar vs White Sugar
Sugar is great to use on your skin because it’s a natural humectant. This means that it pulls moisture from the air into your skin, providing a natural moisturizer.
Both brown sugar and white sugar will exfoliate and soften your skin because of their granular nature. Either of them can be used for a body scrub, but you may want to sample them each to see which your skin likes better.
Both brown and white sugar contain glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid, which is known to help skin cell turnover and rejuvenation. That means it removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and makes your skin look lighter and brighter.
White sugar is refined. This means that it is chemically altered to achieve its white state.
Brown sugar contains molasses, which gives it its naturally brown color. The molasses contains vitamin B, which can help protect your skin from the sun. Brown sugar also contains moisture, which has been removed from white sugar.
Brown sugar tends to have a finer texture than white sugar so it can be a better choice for faces or very sensitive skin.
How to Make Brown Sugar Scrub – The Recipe
For your basic brown sugar scrub you only need 2 ingredients – brown sugar and coconut oil.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
Optional: Add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla or almond extract to have an amazing scent.
This is one of those scrubs that you could also use as a cookie topping.
You might find yourself hungry from the amazing scent in your shower! Go ahead and use it as a lip scrub too, we won’t tell anyone.
That’s one of the bonuses of using natural products, they’re also edible.
Of course you can substitute white sugar for the brown or almond oil for the coconut oil. Mix up this recipe to make it work best for your face and body.
How To Make the Scrub
Mix your brown sugar and coconut oil in a bowl. Always start with a bit less coconut oil than you think you’ll need so that you can get the texture that you want.
If you’ve only made scrubs using white sugar, you’ll soon find that brown sugar has a lot more moisture in it and takes less oil to make a scrub.
Add oil until you have the texture that you like the best. We always like our scrubs a little drier so we use less oil.
After you mix it, just put it in a pretty jar next to your other body products.
You’ll want to be sure to make plenty of extra so that you can give it as a gift. A pretty jar with a ribbon around will make someone very happy.
How To Use the Scrub
Scoop out a small amount of scrub and warm it between your hands. Rub it into lightly moistened skin and then rinse.
Be sure to do a patch test on your skin to make sure that none of the ingredients will irritate, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Making your own body products is so much fun and so much less expensive than purchasing them.
This is your chance to get creative with the scents that you love and make your own signature body products. You’ll also notice which products make your skin feel better.
Check out some of our other recipes and let us know in the comments below which ones you like the best, or how did you switch them up to make them your favorite?
You might also enjoy some of our other skin care posts:
- Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
- Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- Coffee Sugar Scrub
- Himalayan Salt Bath
- DIY Bath Bombs
- All Natural Moisturizers