Exfoliating Hand and Body Scrub for Softer Skin

Life is rough on our hands. They do nearly everything for us, and at a high cost. Especially in the dry winter months where there’s virtually no humidity in the air and hand washing is at a yearly max, our poor hands get flaky and irritated. Some of that skin irritation might show up in our arms, elbows, feet, and knees, too. These areas seem to be really prone to dryness.

Exfoliating ScrubSince we need healthy and strong skin to protect our body, why not show it a little extra love when it needs it most? Exfoliating scrubs work wonders for dry skin. It seems a bit counterintuitive- rubbing a slightly abrasive substance on already dry and cracked skin? But it actually works wonders. The sugar in these DIY scrubs slough away the dead skin cells while the other ingredients add in some moisture, which leaves the skin healthier and more moisturized. Once those dry flakes are gone, new and healthy skin has the chance to grow.

Making your own sugar scrub at home is really easy. You can keep a jar by the kitchen sink to help exfoliated hands easily. As an added bonus, these sugar scrubs can help to absorb odors from the hands after cooking. You can also use this scrub during bath time on troubled body skin. Simply massage on the affected area to exfoliate the skin. Follow up with a great all-natural lotion and your skin will be looking better than ever.

Here is the basic recipe for a sugar scrub, via Story of Five. This is just a basic guideline for making a scrub, and it is very open to substitutions. Grab your favorite essential oil, whether lavender, grapefruit, or peppermint. Or, for an added fragrance and a little extra scrubbing power, you can add spices like a seasonal pumpkin pie spice.

Soothing Oatmeal Honey Sugar Scrub 


  • ½ cups oats (run them through a food processor if you like a finer texture for your scrub)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together until desired consistency is reached. For a smoother scrub, add extra coconut oil. For a fluffy scrub, beat ingredients with a hand mixer until they become fluffy. The oatmeal here is just an added bonus because it offers extra exfoliation and some extra healing protein power. It will help soothe your skin, so it’s a great ingredient for a scrub.