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DIY Brown Sugar Facial Scrubs

Updated on November 30, 2015

Why Brown Sugar?

Did you know that brown sugar is indeed just plain old white sugar with molasses added to it? Brown sugar is not only good for baking rich, flavorful sweets - you can incorporate it into your beauty regime to try to reap its sweet benefits.

The darkened sugar is mostly known for having exfoliation properties due to its crystal nature (as is white sugar). Exfoliation is the act of removing the oldest, outermost layer of dead skin cells, and it's important to do because cells begin to build up and may cause your skin to look and feel rough.

Brown sugar is especially helpful for acne prone skin. It can help eliminate breakouts because it cleans deeply, moisturizes (it's a natural humectant, meaning it preserves/retains moisture), balances oils, shrinks pore size (doesn't clog pores), and because of exfoliation, it improves the texture of your skin. If you're like me, a do-it-yourself, natural, cheap (because, who wants to pay more for something loaded with more chemicals?) beauty product is definitely the best way to go. An added bonus? The tempting scent!

Ingredients and Variations

You can create many variations of a brown sugar scrub, which can be used both on your face and body (and don't forget about dry lips!). Adding different ingredients to the sugar changes the benefits of the scrub. There are many scrubs out there that you can create to try to improve your skin naturally and easily!

Research what's good for your skin. If you know your skin type and what it needs already, great! You're one step ahead. If not, look into it and try out different ingredients to mix with brown sugar. Who knows, maybe you'll find your miracle skin treatment! Even if you don't have such a happy ending with brown sugar, look into other natural methods until you find what works best for you.

Here are some examples of ingredients and their benefits:

  • Oils: Olive, Almond, Sesame, Coconut, Tea Tree, Peppermint, etc.: Moisturizes, along with a lot more.
  • Aloe Vera: Moisturizes, heals, and is full of antioxidants.
  • Honey: Antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, moisturizing, and healing properties.
  • Lemon Juice: Tones, brightens, lightens, exfoliates, and eliminates blackheads.
  • Milk: Exfoliates and lightens.
  • Coffee Grounds: Exfoliates and reduces cellulite.


  • Keep in mind that since brown sugar is known for exfoliating, it can be too harsh to use all the time. Be gentle when rubbing it onto your skin. A good recommended exfoliation schedule is about once or twice a week, but it also depends on your skin type; sensitive skin usually requires less exfoliation, while oily usually needs more.
  • The skin on your face should be treated more delicately than your body (because it is more delicate), so don't scrub as hard on your face. In fact, don't scrub hard at all.
  • When trying out new ingredients on your skin, be careful and pay attention to how your skin reacts to it. If you start to feel itchy or otherwise irritated in any way, remove it immediately. You could be allergic to it.
  • When you use a brown sugar scrub, you don't need to use a moisturizer afterward because it provides moisturization for you.
  • You can also purchase pre-made brown sugar scrubs if you don't want to make your own. Try searching online for options.


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