Scrubbing the skin with sugar is one of the oldest beauty routines.

Sugar grains are a form of crystal with sharp edges that, if rubbed on the surface of the skin, removes the dead skin cell layer. Removing dead skin cell layers is called “exfoliation.” Sugar on the surface of the skin converts to glycolic acid, which is one of the best exfoliating agents. Glycolic acid and sugar particles not only remove dead skin cell layers but also open up pores and refresh the skin.

Sugar is a natural humectant, which means it holds water on the surface of the skin, and, therefore, it is a moisturizer. To get the best of the sugar moisturizing effect, it is recommended not to wash off sugar scrubs with soap or other detergents. A mild lukewarm shower is enough to rinse off excess.

To make a sugar scrub, you need oil (olive or coconut), plus an aromatic or essential oil (lemon, orange, or your favorite essential oil) and some white or brown sugar. Brown sugar is milder and preferred for sensitive and delicate skin.

Sugar scrubs can be used on the face and the whole body. To make sure your body doesn’t have any sensitivity to sugar scrubs or its ingredients, a test scrub on the inner side of your forearm is recommended.