Herbal Body and Face scrub

Winter can really take a toll on your skin. Not much is more distracting than than having my skin feel dry. I like to be outdoors - yes, even in the winter - so my skin can feel dry and dehydrated from the elements.

Lately, I have taken to making a simple face and body scrub with some items from the pantry. Right now, my favorite is made with granulated sugar.

Sugar is an amazing natural loofah that doesn't harm the environment the way those little plastic cleansing beads that come in most scrubs do. (These beads go into the water where fish and other creatures eat them, causing illness and even death. Plus, they're made out of plastic which never decomposes. Boo....)

Here's my simple recipe, it's super easy and takes no time at all to make. Really, I wouldn't lie to you!

1tsp. granulated sugar
1tsp. filtered water (or olive oil, or another base oil such as almond, jojoba, I actually like Kukui nut
1 or 2 drops of essential oil (body scrub only! Some essential oils are too harsh for your face)


1. mix it up
2. apply gently to your face, rubbing lightly in small circles to cleanse the pores (If you rub too hard, it will scratch your face and it will probably feel tender. Please be gentle with your skin.)
3. rinse with cool water
4. pat dry and add a hydrating lotion
5. That's it!

After mixing with the water or oil, it should look like this. A bit on the dryer side.

After mixing with the water or oil, it should look like this. A bit on the dryer side.

If your skin still feels super dry, try rubbing coconut oil on your face, letting it soak in for 10 minutes or so, then wipe off any excess with a soft cloth or damp paper towel. This usually does the trick!

If you are making a scrub for your body, use 1/4c. sugar and just enough filtered water or base oil of your choice to get it wet.

Wishing you and your skin good health and well-being for the season.
Aloha, Lisa Kai


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tiki freak, digs jazz, double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.