How To Make Your Own Salon Sugar Scrub

Whether for your hands, legs, lips, or face, sugar scrubs provide intense care to your skin. Although these scrubs may seem like a luxurious perk during a hand or foot massage, sugar scrubs consist of simple and affordable ingredients you can find in your own home. To learn how to replicate and make your own salon scrub at home, follow our guide.

How To Make Your Own Salon Sugar Scrub

What Is a Sugar Scrub?

Sugar scrubs are exfoliating masks that scrape away dead skin cells, clean pores, and replenish skin with natural moisture and hydration. They involve combining simple sugars and oils together. Here’s what you’ll need to begin.


  • Sugar (1 cup)
  • Oil (1/2 cup)
  • Essential Oils (5-10 droplets)

Choosing Your Sugar

Regular Sugar

Before you choose your sugar, consider what area of the body you will be exfoliating. Also, examine your skin to determine the texture, complexion, and irritation level of that skin area. If you plan to use the scrub on your hands and legs, regular sugar will provide a vigorous exfoliation that livens up dull combination skin.

Raw Sugar

If your skin is naturally oilier and needs a stronger exfoliation to dig through layers of dead skin, opt for raw sugar instead. Raw sugar grains are larger and coarser than regular sugar grains, making them ideal for skin clogged with sweat and oil. Due to their harsher exfoliating properties, you should not use a raw sugar scrub on sensitive skin areas, such as the face.

Brown Sugar

If your skin is dry or reactive to harsher exfoliating products, choose brown sugar to gently cleanse your skin. Brown sugar grains are significantly finer than regular sugar grains, making them optimal for facial sugar scrubs.

Choosing Your Oil

Olive Oil

Choosing your oil will depend on the immediate condition of your skin. If your skin is inflamed and highly irritated, olive oil will be the best choice to add to your sugar. Olive oil is highly moisturizing and will provide intense hydration to itchy, inflamed, and irritated skin areas.

Coconut Oil

If you want to create a sugar scrub that will clean your skin naturally, consider coconut oil. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. It also has a thinner consistency compared to olive oil, making it both lightweight and moisturizing.

Virgin coconut oil is also the most common oil used in salon sugar scrubs during manicures. Mixing virgin coconut oil with brown sugar will give you the same salon glow while saving you the cost of a manicure.

Avocado Oil

For dull skin that lacks vibrancy and vitamins, avocado oil is an optimal oil to combine into your sugar scrub. Avocado oil is full of vitamin E and Oleic fatty acids. These nutrients revitalize and moisturize skin while reducing wrinkles and premature signs of aging.

Essential Oils Worth Including

When making your own sugar scrub at home, adding essential oils to your scrub is optional. However, these oils can infuse your scrub with intense aromatherapy and hydration. For example, if your skin is itchy, red, or inflamed, consider adding eucalyptus to cool your severe irritation.

Once you have chosen your sugar and oils, mix your ingredients to create a customized, inexpensive, and luxurious home sugar scrub!

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