I’m a DIY girl at heart and I LOVE making my own products! It’s an easy way to avoid toxic chemicals and save money. Plus, it’s FUN! Now that we’re in the swing of winter, my skin needed some extra love. The dry air tends to make my skin look dull and feel tight, so I knew I needed to create something that would exfoliate, nourish, and moisturize my skin. I have acne prone skin, so I wanted to address that too. I chose each ingredient to address these needs and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This Face and body scrub/face mask has revealed a radiant and clear complexion for me, which is why I just LOVE this simple creation so much I had to share it with you! I have used this for about a month a few times a week. Now, I’m not one to wear makeup everyday. Usually when I’m out running errands and catch a glimpse of my face in the mirror sans make up, lets just say I’m not thrilled, but yesterday I caught a glimpse of myself in the rearview mirror on a bright sunny day and I couldn’t believe how nice my skin looked.
Whenever I make my own products, I like to keep it simple, using as few ingredients as possible. Each ingredient has to be high quality and serve a purpose. For this recipe I was thrilled because I already had everything in my kitchen (yes, I keep a bottle of lemon essential oil in my kitchen and one in my bathroom too!)
If the dry winter air has been wreaking havoc on your skin or you would like a natural way to combat breakouts, you have to give this a try!
Here is a list of what you’ll need to make this Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub and face mask.
Organic Cane Sugar – Sugar is a natural exfoliator, as well as a natural source of glycolic acid, which serves to even out skin tone, cleanse pores, and improves overall appearance by sloughing off dead skin cells.
Organic or Non-GMO, Cold Processed Extra Virgin Olive Oil – (Did you know that the purest and best quality olives oil comes from California?) – Olive oil heals acne scarring, and is high in vitamin E which is soothing, moisturizing, and healing to the skin, as well as being high in antioxidants which prevents premature aging of the skin.
Raw Organic Honey – (I recommend using raw honey because it contains natural antibacterial properties, enzymes, and probiotics that are good for the skin.) – The antibacterial properties benefit acne prone skin by reducing breakouts. Honey is a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin keeping the complexion hydrated. Also, a natural source of antioxidants which aids the skin from premature aging.
One Organic Lemon – Lemon juice is incredibly beneficial to the skin. It helps to diminish scars and age spots, heal acne, exfoliate, and brighten your complexion.
Young Living Lemon Essential Oil – Is cold pressed from the lemon rind, it has a strong, purifying citrus scent which is revitalizing and uplifting. It does a good job of covering up the olive oil smell, which I’m not a big fan of. Don’t tell my italian relatives I said that ;). I chose this oil for more than its fragrance though. Young Living’s Lemon essential oil contains 68% d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Great for reducing wrinkles, minimizing sun and age spots, as well as combating acne. By combining this essential oil with the lemon juice you’re getting the benefits of the entire lemon.
An Airtight Glass Container
I bought mine at the container store, here is a link to the one I used.
Add a 1/2 cup of Sugar to a glass bowl, pour in 1/4 cup olive oil, and mix with a fork. You can use more or less olive oil depending on the consistency you want. Add in a heaping TBSP of honey, half the juice of one lemon and mix well, again you can adjust how much honey and lemon juice you use, last add in 10 drops of lemon essential oil and mix. Then transfer to your airtight glass container! Voila, get ready for gorgeous luxurious feeling skin!!!
Storage and Use
Store in an airtight glass jar and keep out of direct sunlight. I keep mine in my bathroom cabinet and I use a clean spoon to scoop out.
For the Face:
Add a scoop to your palm and apply in a circular motion careful not to use too much pressure, let the scrub do the work. I have skin that is prone to break out so I like to leave it on for 5-10 minutes for a deep pore cleaning. Then I just wash off with warm water and pat dry. I would recommend using this at night and no more than three times a week.
For the Body:
Just rub a small amount all over in circular motions, great for rough spots like your feet, elbows, knees, and cuticles. You can also use this as a base for shaving to achieve the smoothest shave ever! Rinse with warm water and bask in your glowing silky soft skin!
If you’re new to using essential oils and would like more information, I’m always happy to chat. PS, Lemon essential oil comes in the Premium Starter Kit, see below for more details on how you can save big and get started making the switch to a natural way of health and beauty!