A while back a reader commented that she uses a sugar paste to wash her face. So I thought I’d share this recipe for Peppermint Sugar Scrub that’s featured in Wined and Died. Sophie Mae has added this recipe to her Winding Road Bath Products line, which is going great guns after she contracts with a natural food store chain to carry her products.
Sugar cane produces glycolic acid, which is a natural alpha hydroxyl acid. That plus the sugar crystals exfoliate skin to leave it wonderfully soft. It’s nice for your face, but you might find you want to use it all over! You can use any oil you want, though jojoba oil most closely mimics the oils our skin produce. Avocado or plain old olive oil work well, too. If you have sensitive skin or acne, replace the peppermint oil with lavender and/or tea tree oil. If you have oily skin, replace the oil with liquid glycerin.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- 1 part cane sugar
- 1 part oil
- Peppermint essential oil (about 1/4 teaspoon per cup of mixture to start)
Combine ingredients thoroughly, slather on and let sit for three or four minutes. You’ll feel your skin tighten a bit, as with a mask. If you wish, rub gently to exfoliate and then rinse thoroughly.