Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sugar Scrub Salvation

There's something about artificial heat (both gas and electric) that sends my skin into a state of panic. Every year, it's the same thing. I start peeling like I have a sunburn. With the milder weather we've been having during the day, bare legs with skirts should be fine...but not so much if they're in a state of massacre. So, over time I've found trusted ways to solve the problem. Lotions and topical oils help, but it really does start with exfoliation. Not just any old scrub will do. I've tried dozens, and the one that I totally swear by is Brown Sugar Body Polish from Fresh that I pick up at Private Edition. The key to getting the full benefit is to really work it into DRY skin before you turn on that shower head. I also like to let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing off. The effect usually lasts a couple of days, even with gym visits and multiple bathings. It's a miracle product that I turn all of my friends onto. The indulgent oils, the citrus-sugar scent, the rich feel... it's salvation in a plastic tub.

The only problem is that I like to use quite a bit, and go through it too quickly. With a retail price of $65, it can get pretty pricey if you don't use it sparingly. And what's the fun in that? So, after multiple tubs each winter, I've finally learned how to create my own at home. I am SO not a do-it-yourself type, but this is super easy and actually enjoyable to create. I simply take one of the empty tubs from my Fresh stash and fill it with my own concoction.


2/3 cup grapeseed oil (from the grocery isle)
The juice of two lemons
3 TBSP packed brown sugar
1.5 cups Sugar in the Raw

Simply loosely mix all together and voila.. you have a week's worth of daily skin saving scrub at a fraction of the cost of the luxe brand. Smells and feels just as fab... and more importantly, delivers the same skin-saving results!

Things I do still buy from the line are their individual packets of the Brown Sugar Body Polish for travel (if I can find them), and the line's Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment In bulk, of course! 

What's your trusted go-to product for fighting the impact of winter? I would love to know your secrets? Share with me and do follow the Southern Sophisticate. I'm going to be sharing a couple more homemade concoctions based on the ingredients of my favorite product lines. Stay tuned! 

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to check that one out. I've been using the lemongrass-scented brown sugar scrub by Konadu Bodycare by Nature for the past couple years, as well as their body balm. This is a local brand that is available at Whole Foods. Their website is