Cool fall days can leave your skin dry, itchy, and maybe even cracking. The best remedy? Something we all crave around this time of year: comfort food. No, that doesn’t mean you get to scarf down a pint of ice cream or half a cheesecake. This is the type of comfort food you apply directly to your skin: A homemade sugar scrub all fancied up with your favorite fall scents. These scrubs are much cheaper than the store-bought kind, and you know exactly what’s in them, so you can save money while you live naturally and beautifully.

Why Sugar?

Sugar is a natural exfoliator, and it’s gentler than some other options such as salt or coffee grounds. Exfoliating helps get rid of those dry, itchy dead cells, and because sugar is so mild, it’s ideal for skin that’s already been damaged by winter weather.

Making Your Scrub

Ingredients

  • Either white or brown sugar (see variations below)
  • Almond, olive, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • Additional and specific ingredients for fall-themed variations:
    • Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar instead of white; add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • Vanilla: Use brown sugar instead of white; add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • Fall Spice: Use white or brown sugar; add 15 drops each cinnamon leaf essential oil, vanilla essential oil, clove essential oil, and pumpkin pie–scented fragrance oil
    • Apple Crisp: Use brown sugar instead of white; add 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

Instructions

First, combine your sugar and main oil in a medium bowl. For best results, you’ll want to add two parts sugar to one part oil, then mix well.

Next, add your vitamin E. When you’re finished, choose a fall-themed variation and incorporate the related optional ingredients from above.

Treating Your Skin

This is the fun part — a cozy, warm bath or shower with your luscious-smelling homemade sugar scrub! Step into a warm bath or shower and, using a pair of bath and shower gloves, rub a spoonful or two of your homemade scrub over your dry skin, avoiding sensitive areas. Then rinse, scrubbing gently as you go. Once you’re finished, pat your skin dry, add a rich moisturizer, and revel in baby-soft skin that smells delicious.

Have you ever made your own sugar scrub? Share your recipe in the comments.

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