A DIY Body Scrub For Dry Skin

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Welcome to my DIY skincare sanctuary, where today we’re tackling a challenge many of us face but often overlook – dry skin. As someone who has battled with dry, irritated skin, I know the discomfort all too well. 

That tight, itchy feeling, the visible flakiness, and the heightened sensitivity that sometimes even leads to soreness or skin infections. It’s more than just a cosmetic concern; it’s a real hindrance to feeling comfortable in your own skin. This struggle led me on a quest to create something truly nurturing – a homemade body scrub for dry skin.

homemade body scrub for dry skin


Recently I’ve made several DIY body scrubs, but what I really wanted (needed), was a sugar body scrub that not only addresses the buildup of dead skin cells but also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin beneath. After much experimentation and tweaking, I’m excited to share my personal recipe for success – a sugar body scrub that’s a game-changer for dry skin.

In this formula, we’re harnessing the gentle exfoliating power of brown Rapadora sugar combined with the soothing qualities of ground oats. Orange powder is our secret ingredient, adding a zesty boost and a natural source of vitamin C. 

Sweet almond oil and vitamin E are the backup our hero exfoliants need to save your skin, providing much-needed moisture and nourishment. The aromatic touch of orange essential oil not only delights the senses but also enhances the overall experience. And of course, a preservative to ensure the scrub stays fresh and safe to use.

This scrub is more than just a skincare product; it’s a reflection of my journey with dry skin and my commitment to finding a soothing solution. So, for those who share this struggle, know that this scrub is crafted with understanding and care, with the hope of bringing relief and a touch of joy to your skincare routine.

Ingredient Insights: A Symphony of Skin-Nurturing Elements

Rapadura Sugar: The foundation of our dry skin body scrub is Rapadura sugar. It’s a real gem for sensitive skin. Its soft, fine grain ensures gentle exfoliation without tearing the skin. Plus, it comes with a delightful natural aroma that makes the scrubbing experience a treat for your senses. 

If you’re looking for alternatives, superfine white (caster) sugar is a good option, offering a similar texture. For ultra-sensitive skin, mild exfoliants like finely ground brown sugar can be used, though they may be slightly more abrasive.

Ground Oats: Known for their soothing and calming properties, ground oats play a dual role in our scrub. They provide gentle exfoliation while also acting as a natural cleanser. Oats are great for absorbing excess oil and reducing itching, making them ideal for dry skin. 

Given their affordability and effectiveness, there’s rarely a need to substitute, but if you do, other mild exfoliants could be considered.

combine our dry skin sugar scrub ingredients

Sweet Almond Oil: A star player in our homemade body scrub for dry skin, sweet almond oil is a boon for dry, sensitive skin. It’s a medium to lightweight oil, providing deep moisturization without feeling heavy. Its good shelf life also makes it a practical choice for homemade scrubs. 

If you’re exploring other options, apricot kernel, sunflower, or grapeseed oils are excellent substitutes – they’re effective, affordable, and perfect for a wash-off product like this.

Orange Powder: This ingredient is a powerhouse, rich in vitamin C and boasting antioxidant and hydrating properties. It’s not just about exfoliation; orange powder also stimulates collagen production, soothes irritated skin, and adds a lovely fruity scent. 

If you wish to try other powders, Calendula, rose petal, lavender, or chamomile powders are fantastic alternatives, each with its unique benefits for the skin.

Orange Essential Oil: With high levels of vitamin C, this essential oil is excellent for brightening and evening out skin tone. It also stimulates collagen production, improves skin elasticity, and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a wonderful addition to a scrub for dry skin. 

For a different aroma or effect, lavender or chamomile essential oils are great substitutes, both known for their benefits for dry skin.

Your best option for a natural preservative system here is Geogard ECT known as Preservative Eco in the UK (Inci: benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, glycerin, sorbic acid). It is accepted in natural skin care and is soluble in both water and oil (up to a certain point).

If you’re not bothered about the natural status of your ingredients, there are several other preservatives available

Quick Substitution Guide

Exfoliant (Rapadura Sugar): Substitute with superfine white (caster) sugar for a similar texture or regular brown sugar for a more abrasive exfoliation.

Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond Oil): Alternatives include apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, or grapeseed oil – ideal for a wash-off product.

Natural Cleanser & Soother (Ground Oats): While oats are cost-effective and efficient, another mild exfoliant can be used if desired.

Vitamin-Rich Additive (Orange Powder): Can be replaced with Calendula powder, rose petal powder, lavender powder, or chamomile powder for varying skin benefits.:

Essential Oil (Orange Essential Oil): Lavender or chamomile essential oils are good substitutes, both offering benefits for dry skin.

homemade body scrub for dry skin

A DIY Body Scrub Recipe For Dry Skin

This homemade body scrub for dry skin is a reflection of my journey with dry skin and my commitment to finding a soothing solution.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 200 g
Author: Angela Wills

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  • To make your oat powder, place a handful of oats into the blender and give it a good blast until you have a fairly well-ground consistency. It doesn't have to be overly uniform, as a few larger bits can give the finished product a natural rustic look.
    Mix the sugar and the oats that you have just ground together, breaking up any lumps or clumps if need be.
    oats for a sugar scrub
  • Add the orange powder. Give it a good mix around so that it's well combined.
    100 g Rapadura Brown Sugar, 40 g Ground Oats
    Mix the sugar and the oats
  • In a separate container mix the sweet almond oil, vitamin e, orange essential oil, and preservative.
    8 g Orange Powder
    mix the oils
  • Now we can combine our wet and dry ingredients together. Pour the oils into the bowl containing the sugar and oat mix, then stir well until thoroughly blended.
    This is a fairly dry scrub so If you prefer your scrub to be more runny you can add a little more sweet almond oil.
    combine our dry skin sugar scrub ingredients
  • Spoon into a suitable container, PET, glass, or aluminum jars are perfect for this. Store in a cool dark place ready for use.
    Cosmetic Jar 8oz
    Spoon into a suitable container

How To Use This Scrub

Using your scrub is straightforward.

First up, set yourself up for success and make the skin damp with some warm water. It helps to use this scrub in the shower by first stepping into the stream to prep the skin. Then, step out/away from the water and apply a generous amount of the scrub to the skin. 

Gently massage the product into the skin using circular motions, being sure to target those tough areas where dead skin builds up more readily.

After you’ve exfoliated, rinse off the scrub with warm water, and pat the skin dry.

Final Thoughts

As we conclude our exploration of this specially formulated sugar body scrub for dry skin, it’s my hope that this recipe becomes more than just a part of your skincare routine. May it be a testament to the power of natural ingredients and the care we can provide for our skin, especially when it’s prone to dryness and irritation.

Creating this scrub was a journey close to my heart, born from personal experience with dry skin and the desire to find a gentle yet effective solution. It’s a blend that not only addresses the physical aspects of exfoliation and moisturization but also caters to the sensory experience of skincare. The natural aroma, the texture of the ingredients, and the feeling of nourished skin post-use – all contribute to a holistic self-care practice.

Remember, DIY beauty recipes are deeply personal. Feel free to tweak this recipe to better suit your skin’s unique needs. Whether you stick to the original formula or experiment with the substitutions, the goal is to create a product that you look forward to using – one that makes you feel refreshed, cared for, and content.

I encourage you to embrace this scrub as a weekly ritual, a moment to pause and give back to your skin. It’s not just about combating dryness; it’s about taking time for yourself, to nurture and celebrate your skin in its natural beauty.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of creating a soothing sanctuary for our skin. Here’s to happy, healthy, and glowing skin, one scrub at a time!

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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting

Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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