Get Soft, Smooth Legs with an Olive Oil and Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Homemade Olive Oil & Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Exfoliate your skin on a budget with this super simple body scrub recipe!

Three simple ingredients can come together to give you soft, silky legs. The scrub recipe on this page is a wonderful scrub for using before and after shaving. Enjoy it on any of the tougher parts of your body – arms, elbows, legs, feet, etc., but do avoid sensitive areas of skin such as your face and any areas of your body that may be affected by acne.

Ingredients:

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon

Make this scrub immediately before use. Since you’re using fresh lemon, it’s best not to make large batches for saving.

I’m not one for using exact measurements, but I would suggest starting with about 1/2 cup of sugar. Put the sugar in a small plastic bowl or jar, and add enough olive oil to saturate the sugar without excess oil floating over the top of the sugar. You’ll need to stir up this mixture to determine if you’ve got enough oil in the sugar. Next, quarter an entire lemon and squeeze all that citrusy goodness into the mixture. Stir it up again. Now you’re ready to go!

The Exfoliation:

  • Soak legs in a warm bath or allow them to become saturated in a warm shower
  • Scrub legs and feet thoroughly with scrub (and any other tougher areas of skin like your elbows)
  • Rinse away scrub with warm water

At this point you have a couple of options:

  1. Take a tiny bit of body wash in your hands, lather it up, and quickly run it up and down your legs/feet and any areas of skin you’ve used the scrub on (don’t over wash). Quickly rinse away the  body wash. This step will rinse away the excess oil and leave you soft and silky but free from the greasy feel we often experience with oil based scrubs.
  2. If you are shaving on the day of your scrub, follow all of the exfoliation steps above, shave, exfoliate with the scrub again, rinse – then proceed with step 1 above.

 

A few things worth mentioning:

Being a licensed skin therapist, I see a lot of misinformation floating around the Internet. Though many homemade skin treatments feel good, they often don’t perform much more than superficially.

That said, when the skin on my legs is dry and flaky, I’m not all too worried about the deeper scientific meaning surrounding it – I just want to fix the cosmetic problem at that moment.

So with all this duly noted, no, olive oil isn’t going to penetrate deeply into your skin and create a magical lifelong change. What it will do is soften the surface of your skin and create a barrier that assists in maintaining moisture levels in your skin.

The reason for sugar over salt: Salt is often rougher and more drying to the skin. Granulated sugar is more hydrating and less abrasive than coarse salt. The lemon juice, although acidic, is not terribly concentrated in this mixture. It will aid in exfoliation and give a refreshing feel to the skin, and you may experience some minor improvement in certain skin conditions, but just as noted above, it isn’t going to be a magical cure to excessive dry skin.

 

They key here is frequency!
Performing this scrub once a week will keep your skin nicely exfoliated, and restore moisture to the drier superficial layers of skin (the ones we see, touch, and feel).

You will feel a noticeable difference in the texture, smoothness, and glow of your skin after just one application, but to maintain this wonderful softness, you can’t just do it once!

Shoot for weekly if you possibly can.

 

Oh, and a few words of caution!

  • Oil makes the bath tub slippery… So be careful, will ya!?
  • Oils and all the other random stuff we wash down our drains everyday definitely can create clogs. Keep your drains nice and clean with a monthly drain cleaner treatment – and always run some extremely hot water down your drain for a minute or so after using an oil scrub.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. HMR says

    I just made a batch of this! I used the left over stuff that was in the bowl I mixed it in on my hands and they feel amazing! Will be using this on my legs this weeked for my uncle’s wedding! (It’s in Murfreesboro, TN!)

    • says

      So glad to hear you tried it! I absolutely love this DIY body scrub! The first time I used it, I couldn’t get over how great my legs felt! Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and congratulations to your uncle on his upcoming wedding!

    • says

      Ella, this scrub should work nicely on most body skin. Be careful on very sensitive and fragile skin like your chest however. I would not use this scrub on the face. The skin of the face has special needs and often cannot take the more abrasive scrubs that are suitable for the body.

  2. Meggu says

    What is the best way to clean the shower after using this so it doesn’t get so slippery? I tried using the spray I usually use to clean the bathroom and it didn’t do much.

    • says

      I find that between body wash, shampoo, and super hot water – the oil residue is usually gone from my shower pretty easily. However, if you’re getting a residue, I would try dish liquid and water on hottest setting. I’d go for Dawn dish liquid if you happen to have it. Close the drain, add some dish liquid to the tub, and just enough hot water to cover the bottom (not deep – too much water you’ll have suds all over the place). Let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes, rinse clean. This should hopefully do the trick!

  3. katie says

    Omg just used the scrub for the first time and my skin feels nothing short of perfect. I was worried it would be too oily for my skin but its amazing. Thank you so much!!

    • says

      Although salt can be substituted, I would not recommend it. The reason is that salt tends to be more abrasive on the skin than sugar, and it is far more drying. Sugar actually has humectant properties, so it will not pull water from your skin but will instead help keep water in your skin. If you will think about how salt draws moisture out of things – including fruits and vegetables when you sprinkle them with salt – this also happens with the skin. The oil in the mixture would limit that to some extent, but I find that the skin stays far softer for longer when sugar is used in scrubs. Hope this helps!

  4. JEssY says

    Hi thank you for this great scrub recipe. LOVE IT!! Is it ok to use it twice a week instead of once? Plus I have terrible scars and dark marks on my lower legs especially. Would the lemon juice help lighten them? Thank you!!

    • says

      Hi Jessy,

      Thrilled to hear you like the scrub! It’s definitely a favorite of mine! Using the scrub twice a week may work okay for you. Just be sure to watch your skin for any feelings of dryness in between scrubs. Though exfoliation can be a great thing, when we over-exfoliate we can actually disrupt the barrier of the skin which can lead to irritation and dryness. So, just be sure to monitor that and don’t over do it. If you’re using it twice weekly, I also suggest really paying attention to not using excessive pressure when you scrub. Perform a light polish rather than an aggressive scrubbing of the skin. The lemon juice may make your skin appear brighter, but it is unlikely to provide intensive lightening of dark areas of pigmentation. You will probably need a lightener with better performance and penetration ability for that.

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  6. KellY says

    Love this scrub sooo much :)
    Skin felt soft and radiant.
    One question, can I save the left overs and use it another day?
    I don’t want to waste anything.
    Thank you :)

    • says

      Hi Kelly,

      The high amount of sugar should work as a preservative. However, because we are working with natural lemon juice (not the funky preserved kind), I wouldn’t leave this out more than a couple of days. When in doubt, pop it in the refrigerator and just set it out 30 mins to an hour before you plan to scrub!

  7. FM says

    Oh my god — I’ve just tried this on my legs and arms, and it is amazing! My arms have been a bit rough all my life, so I thought I’d give this a try. They’ve never been this soft! My legs feel great too.
    I have a question though: what do you recommend with respect to epilating my legs? Scrub before, after, or both?

    • says

      Hi! It really is a great scrub, isn’t it!? Thank you for the amazing feedback! As far as epilating goes, since hair removal is always less painful when the skin and hair are both softened and conditioned, I believe your best bet is to use the scrub prior to epilating. The only precaution here is that you want to make sure you do get as much of the oil residue off as possible. If you’re using a handheld epilator, having too much excess oil on the hairs could make the epilation a little challenging. So, just use plenty of warm water to rinse away excess and a tiny touch of bodywash if needed!

    • says

      Hi Kate, you can use the bottled lemon juice. I prefer fresh lemon juice because it is pure and without additives. However, using the bottled lemon juice should be just fine if that’s what you have on hand. :)

  8. Kaitlyn says

    I bought a peppermint scented scrub at the craft fair and i just wanted to know if i could use this before shaving or do i do it after?

    • says

      Hi Kaitlyn! You’ll want to use your scrub prior to shaving. This helps soften the skin and the hairs so the shave is much closer and less irritating! I love peppermint scrubs! Enjoy!

  9. Daisy says

    How do you apply the scrub? Just with your hands?
    I have ingrown hairs on my legs and was planning to try this to see if they appear less.

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