White refined sugar has been much maligned, but I have found an amazing use for this food villain: Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs. I have struggled with sensitive skin and rosacea for years. The process of washing and moisturizing my face is painful and often leaves me red and burning. While perusing the awesome Wellness Mama blog I found a recipe for facial sugar scrubs and decided to try it out. I was very skeptical and braced myself for a terrible break out; the idea of putting more OIL on my face to wash it seemed counterintuitive. However, the results have been amazing. This scrub is probably best used as an exfoliant a few times a week, but I have been using it once daily for three weeks now with awesome results. My skin is less inflamed, the oils are better balanced and it is soft to the touch (not greasy as I expected). This scrub works great as a facial and body exfoliant. Here is my recipe:
What You Need:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- Half pint mason jar
What You Do:
- Place the coconut oil in the mason jar and heat it up for approx 10 seconds in the microwave. You may also heat the coconut oil on the stove.
- Mix your sugar into the coconut oil. Feel free to play around with the ratio or sugar to coconut oil. You may want less sugar if you find the mixture too abrasive.
- Seal the jar and let it cool to room temperature. It will harden into a paste. The mixture will last about two months on the counter.
- Use about 1 teaspoon on your face, gently massaging your skin in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
This works miracles as a lip scrub!