Being in the constant outdoors takes a toll on our skin and our skin care routine. When camping, we’re happy living hassle free — and limiting the time needed to wash up is one of them. On most nights we end up asleep with dirty and sweaty faces cleansed with only unscented baby wipes. Only when back at home do we try to restore the damage that was done. As outdoor enthusiasts, we’re fixated on the use of natural ingredients on our delicate skins. Which is why we made our own chapsticks (a product we’re still trying to perfect) here. This time, we experimented with this easy all natural lemon sugar scrub in an attempt to revive, cleanse, and brighten our sun kissed skin. (More below!)
Even if you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s recommended to cleanse your skin of the impurities that build up in your pores each day. An exfoliate is a great product to have on hand because it gets rid of dead skin, dirt, and oil. It also increases blood circulation resulting in softer, younger looking skin — also known as the modern day fountain of youth (hah!).
After searching through various blogs, we found a simple all natural lemon sugar scrub by Craft Berry Blush and decided to give it a try.
Easy All Natural Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe
1 cup of organic white sugar
1/2 cup of 100% unrefined coconut oil (can be replaced with olive oil)
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Two 4oz mason jars
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Carefully placed the lemon scrub in the airtight mason jar. Sprinkle more lemon zest on top for an extra citrusy scent. Keep in a cool and dry place for up to 2 months.
Exfoliate 1-2 times a week as needed on clean skin. For best results, cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and then moisturize. Remember to also drink a lot of water to refresh your skin from the inside out too!
Why An All Natural Lemon Sugar Scrub Is Good For You
Lemon sugar scrubs are great because they leave your skin glowing and feeling fresh. The acidity in the lemon juice removes dead skin cells, giving way to brighter, clearer skin. In addition the coconut oil in this recipe makes for smoother, baby-like soft skin. Seriously, it’s an affordable and natural fountain of youth!
Another reason to give this all natural lemon sugar scrub a try is for its eco-friendly benefits. Exfoliants found in stores contain plastic microbeads (also known as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, polylactic acid, or nylon) that are bad for the environment — and is the main concern for its ban starting 2017. These microbeads are made of tiny plastic spheres that are not biodegradable and super harmful. When you wash with these types of exfoliants, the microbeads are washed down your drain and makes its way to lakes, rivers, and oceans. Marine life that you eat can swallow them, then can end up on your plate. Talk about eating plastic! Not to mention, the amount of plastic floating in our waters is a huge current problem we have yet to find a solution for.
Do something good for yourself and the Earth — give this all natural lemon sugar scrub a try.
Got another facial scrub you think we’d like? Leave a suggestion in the caption below, we’d love to read them!