Last week I wrote about how to use an aromatherapy body butter, and this week I thought that I would take a look at aromatherapy sugar scrubs. There are different types of scrubs that you can make in aromatherapy but one of my favorite types of aromatherapy scrubs are sugar scrubs.
What is an Aromatherapy Sugar Scrub?
A sugar scrub, in general, is an exfoliant product that helps to smooth out your skin and get rid of the “dead” skin. You generally use sugar scrubs on your body, avoiding the face. You find sugar scrubs as part of expensive spa treatments – but it really is quite simple to make your own at home too! A true aromatherapy sugar scrub has essential oils added to it, in addition to other natural oils and ingredients.
The sugar granules in the sugar scrub act as “scrubbing beads” and smooth out dry, rough skin patches as you exfoliate. Dead skin cells naturally fall away.
Tips for Using an Aromatherapy Sugar Scrub
To get the most out of using a sugar scrub, make sure that you massage the scrub into your skin in small, circular motions over the skin area.
In addition, don’t over-exfoliate; depending on your skin type, you should use a sugar scrub a few times a week. If you have dry skin, once a week is probably enough.
Make sure that you know the quality (and grain size) of the sugar in the scrub. If possible, use brown sugar. Sugar comes in different granule sizes, which can alter how effective your scrub is, depending on other factors, such as skin type. Check with a reputable supplier, if you are unsure of which type of sugar to use.
There are literally hundreds of different sugar scrub recipes out there, so experiment with what works best for you! You can add in other ingredients such as shea butter, vegetable oils, coffee, honey and, of course, essential oils.
Some essential oils that are suitable for aromatherapy sugar scrubs include geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Experiment and have fun!
Don’t forget to check out handmade aromatherapy sugar scrubs in the Sedona Aromatherapie webstore. If you are interested in making your own sugar scrubs, but would like some guidance on where to start, you might like the basic scrubs and bath salts making kit priced at $24.95 each (plus shipping).
Or, if you are looking for a more comprehensive introduction to aromatherapy, check out the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy scheduled for a late Spring 2012 release date!