How to Make a Sugar Exfoliant

by Kimberly Caines

Exfoliating your skin can instantly give it a healthy glow and remove dead skin cells. The skin constantly regenerates itself; old skin is shed to make room for new skin. As you age, this cell-regenerating process slows down, and dead skin that comes to the surface can build up and give your skin a dull, dry appearance. To avoid this from happening, rub sugar granules over your skin to slough off old skin.

Items you will need

  • Bowl
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil or honey
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil
  • Jar
Step 1

Place a quarter cup of white granulated sugar in a bowl. As an alternative, use brown granulated sugar.

Step 2

Add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to the sugar. The oil helps moisturize your skin during the scrubbing process. As an alternative, add 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 3

Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel to the mixture. Aloe vera gel helps hydrate the skin.

Step 4

Give your sugar scrub a pleasant scent, if desired, by adding three drops of your favorite essential oil to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together.

Step 5

Store your sugar scrub in a sealed glass jar if you don't use it immediately.


  • Apply sugar scrub to moist skin, after taking a shower or bath. Use circular motions to massage the scrub into your skin. Rinse the scrub off with warm water, and pat your skin dry with a towel.

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