We’re often consumed by the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that we forget two very important things:
- To make time for ourselves
- To live more mindfully
We tend to hyperfocus on those around us and sometimes neglect ourselves and our own needs. Our own selflessness should not be at the expense of our own well-being.
Take the time out to create routines that prioritize self-care. Find a moment in each day to do something that makes you feel good. It’s about creating intentional moments dedicated to inner peace.
This article explores how to start a mindful ritual using soothing sugar scrubs with essential oils.
Why are sugar scrubs good for your skin?
Sugar scrubs exfoliate your skin
Sugar scrubs gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells, which encourages cell turnover and helps bring healthier skin to the surface.
It’s important to keep in mind that sugar granules are rounder and less abrasive than coarse salt, making them a more gentle exfoliant. Better yet, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which helps breaks down layers of dead skin, smoothen the skin’s surface and quicken the hydration process.
Helps remove pesky ingrown hairs
Pesky ingrown hairs are visible signs of the need to practice self-care. By implementing sugar scrubs into your wellness rituals, you will notice a significant unclogging with an extraction of dirt and oils from the pores making it less likely to get ingrown hairs as the skin is significantly smoother and softer. All courtesy of a good sugar scrub!
Helps to remove toxins
From UV rays to pollution and pesticides, it can be difficult to give your skin the love it needs. Sugar scrubs can help rid skin of daily toxins and help keep your skin appearing youthful and, most importantly, clean.
What are the best essential oils to use with sugar scrubs?
When it comes to identifying the best essential oils to use in sugar scrubs, it’s hard to narrow down to a few, as so many essential oils restore, heal and energize, but here are our top favorites:
Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena)
Rose essential oil is amazing for all skin types making it a perfect addition to many skincare routines. While the gentle smell of rose is probably its most alluring factor, Rose essential oil is relaxing, pleasant and makes your skin feel cared for. It also has mood-lifting properties that help you feel calm and content after use.
Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree essential oil is your fighter, your confidant and your cheerleader when it comes to keeping blemishes and hyperpigmentation at bay. This is because Tea Tree essential oil has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to improve the overall appearance of your skin, by lightening scars and keeping breakouts in control.
Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils on the market. Many people use Lavender oil in their diffusers, forgetting that it has incredible benefits for your skin too.
This relaxation-inducing oil has incredible healing capabilities, including helping to naturally fade scars, blemishes and severe hyperpigmentation. Lavender essential oil also helps fight infections and soothes dry and irritated skin.
How to make sugar scrubs with essential oils at home
A good recipe for sugar scrub needs three basic ingredients;
- Your choice of sugar
- Carrier oil (Coconut, Jojoba etc.)
- Your choice of essential oil
- Add 1 cup of sugar to a glass bowl
- Add ¾ cup of the carrier oil you have chosen to the sugar (add a little more oil if the scrub is a little too dry)
- Then add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to this mixture
- You can store this homemade scrub at room temperature in an airtight glass container for up to two months
3 recipes for sugar scrubs with essential oils
The intricate blend of citrusy lemon and cooling mint will create a scrub that not only smells fresh and revitalizing but also helps reduce dark spots and brightens your skin whilst also providing an energizing feel to your skin.
- 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita L)
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)
If you are looking to relax after a busy day and rid your body and mind of stress and anxiety, then this sensual scrub is for you. This beautiful combination of Lavender, Rose and Jasmine creates a soothing scrub that will help with anti-ageing, remove layers of dry, dead skin and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
8 drops of Rose essential oil (Rosa damascena)
2 drops of Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
2 drops of Jasmine essential oil (Jasminum grandiflorum)
This unique blend of aromas may come as a surprise, but orange and vanilla complement each other and this will easily become one of your go-to sugar scrubs. This warm and comforting scrub will soothe inflammation, calm irritated skin and help your skin feel fresh and rejuvenated by removing impurities.
7 drops of Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
3 drops of Vanilla extract
All of these sugar scrubs with essential oils will help give your body the love and nourishment it needs and deserves
They also provide you with an intentional moment that’s solely dedicated to your own health and well-being.
Complete this self-care ritual preferably with a plant-based serum. Our Evening Body Serum actively helps to restore equilibrium and enhance your state of serenity.
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