For this week's Frugal Friday post, I'm excited to bring you a guest post from Michelle Pino of Skana Spa at Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York. Thanks so much for sharing your DIY sugar scrub recipe with us, Michelle! I think this scrub would make a perfect Mother's Day (or any day) gift. I personally love using sugar scrubs because they don't burn like a salt scrub, but still give killer exfoliation. Check out Michelle's recipe below.
Pampering yourself with a spa treatment is a luxurious experience any time of year. However, with the promise of summer temperatures just around the corner, spring is the perfect season to refresh the dull, dry skin that’s been hidden under winter outfits. While melting snow gives way to blooming landscapes, consider rejuvenating your skin with a DIY sugar scrub.
Sugar scrubs at our central New York spa offer a blend of natural ingredients that include organic herbs and essential oils designed to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and leave the body with soft, smooth skin. Now that it’s almost time to pack away those bulky sweaters and coats, you’ll want to anticipate looking fresh and sleek in shorts, sundresses and tank tops.
The good news is you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy the revitalizing benefits of a sugar scrub and at the same time avoid costly spa treatments. A sugar scrub is simple to make and fun to personalize. Here’s a basic do it yourself scrub made with the following ingredients that are easily found in your pantry or the local health food store.
1 cup white granulated sugar
½ cup sweet almond oil
4-6 drops of lemon essential oil
Blend the lemon essential oil with the almond oil. Slowly combine this with the sugar, adding more or less of the oil depending on the desired consistency. It’s best to avoid a scrub that is too “soupy”. This recipe can be modified to suit your mood and skin type by varying the ingredients you use.
You can experiment with brown sugar rather than the white for different exfoliating preferences. Sweet almond is an all purpose carrier oil that works for most skin types, but if your skin is mature or tends to be extra dry, you might replace it with more moisturizing oils such as avocado or sesame.
Lemon essential oil may be substituted with sweet orange, tangerine or grapefruit oil to add a cheerier note. Including lavender oil creates a more relaxing blend with a clean, floral scent, and using peppermint oil will provide a refreshing, energizing experience.
While showering and after cleansing, apply your scrub to the skin with gentle, circular motions followed by a thorough rinse. It’s best to avoid using this scrub on your face since it may be too abrasive for more sensitive, facial skin.
Thanks again to Michelle for sharing her spa wisdom with us! Do you ever DIY beauty products?