DIY Moisturizing Sugar Scrub

So you’ve decided to go on a well design ketogenic diet and you don’t know what to do with things like sugar, honey and omega-6 rich vegetable oil that are in your cupboard? I have the perfect solution: a homemade sugar and oil face and body scrub.

Those expensive sugar scrubs you see in department stores and spas actually cost pennies to make. Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations. They can increase circulation to the skin, be exceptionally moisturizing and be a gentle exfoliant. They can be used on face and/or body and make your skin feel silky soft.

Here’s The Basic Recipe: Use 2 parts sugar (white or brown sugar) to 1 part oil. It translates into 1 cup of sugar for ½ cup of oil for instance. That is it! It can be use on wet or dry skin (I use it on dry skin for a more moisturizing effect). It will keep on the counter for up to 2 months (as long as there is no water that gets into the mix).

You can add all kind of things to the basic recipe or use it as is. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add ½ tsp Vitamin E oil
  • Add ½ tsp of spices like pumpkin pie spices, ginger or cinnamon
  • Add 1 tsp real vanilla extract or other extract
  • 10-20 drops essential oil like lemon, orange, lavender, peppermint, sandalwood or any scent or combinations you might like (make sure it not irritating).
  • A Tablespoon of honey
  • A Tablespoon of lemon juice (make a small batch; water based ingredients won’t keep at room temperature)
  • A Tablespoon or Two of dry coffee grinds (caffeine is good against cellulite!)

As a body scrub: Apply to body, paying extra close attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands (nails and cuticles especially) and rub in circular motions for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with warm or lukewarm water rubbing your skin with your bare hands. Pat dry with a small towel. Be careful, the bottom of the tub will become slippery!

As a face scrub: Apply to clean face in gentle, circular motions. Rinse. Pat dry.

They are good enough to eat, but don’t!

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The skin is not an impenetrable barrier; it will absorb what comes in contact with it. This absorbent capacity can be used to promote health and detoxification, and can be taken advantage of in the form of baths.

Bathing with Epsom salts (MgSO4·7H2O) is an easy and effective way to supply your body with more magnesium and sulfate. Both minerals are easily absorbed through the skin.

The ingredients!

The ingredients!

Epsom salt is traditionally known to relive aches and pains. It is commonly used by athletes and sport enthusiasts to enhance recovery and remove lactic acid from muscles. It also decreases swelling and inflammation in injured tissues. A warm bath with the addition of Epsom salts it is also known to increase circulation, lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Magnesium is a mineral which is crucial to many important functions. It regulates hundreds of enzymes and plays an important role in muscle control, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. It also has a sedative and relaxing effect upon the nervous system and the muscles.

Sulfates are an important component for the formation of joint proteins, brain cells, and the lining wall of the intestine. It also plays a crucial role in liver detoxification.

Epsom bath are beneficial for children with autism. Some autistic children have trouble with their PST (phenol-sulfotransferase) system and the processing of phenols and salicylates. Epsom salt, will provide them with the extra sulfates they need in order for the liver to eliminate those compounds. Also the magnesium will help with sleep.

Another useful addition to the bath is baking soda, which also has detoxifying properties. Baking soda has an alkalizing effect on the skin and the body. It soothe rashes, dry itchy wintery skin and can help chronic problems like eczema and psoriasis. It is also good for diaper rash.

Add 2 parts of Epsom salts to 1 part of baking soda, and a couple of drops of essential oil, if you wish, to the bath (as an example: 2 cups of Epsom salts and 1 cup of baking soda).

Oils of lavender, rose or sandalwood are good all around choices. They are gentle to the skin and are very relaxing. I also like Eucalyptus, Cedarwood or Peppermint in the winter, for the immune system and if a have a bite of a stuffy nose.

Take a 20-40 minute bath ideally, just before bed or after training.