If you’re a DIY fanatic, you may already know that baking soda and salt have a tonne of skin care uses, but what about an ingredient that’s a little sweeter? Sugar is actually pretty useful, from your face down to your toes.
1. Smooth your lips
Put a little water on your finger, then dip it in granulated sugar and gently apply it in a circular motion to lips to exfoliate them. This is the perfect DIY trick to do in a pinch when your lips are dry or flaky.
2. Soften your skin while you exfoliate
Mix a cup of brown sugar with a few bananas to create a moisturizing body scrub that smells sweet and leaves your skin looking lovely.
3. Give your body a pretty glow
Need to prep for sunless tanning? Mix sugar with oil to create a body scrub that works great on your back, legs, and shoulders, allowing you to get the perfect glow.
4. Make your feet feel less rough
Mix sugar and peppermint oil, then scrub the mixture onto the bottom of your feet while in the shower for an at-home pedicure scrub that sloughs off dead cells and dryness. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect on your skin, making it perfect for those hot summer months.
5. Clean grimy hands
If you’ve been busy doing other DIY projects and find it’s hard to get tough substances like grease and dirt off your hands at the end of the day, add sugar to soap. It acts as a mild abrasive, allowing you to remove any thick gunk without using harsh chemicals.
6. Get a smoother shave on your legs
Exfoliate dead skin cells by applying slightly wet granulated brown sugar beforehand in a circular motion, then rinsing. This helps the razor get a closer cut. Bonus: You can tell your favorite guy with a beard to do the same.
7. Keep your hands looking young
Want gorgeous hands that look youthful and fresh? Mix a cup of brown sugar with 1/3 of a cup of olive oil plus a vitamin E capsule to give yourself an at-home manicure scrub. Rinse, let your hands dry, and you’re ready to apply some fantastic nail art.