DIY: An easy-to-make sugar scrub to help exfoliate your skin

For those of us who’ve been living in a box (or under the fluorescent lights of a windowless office, as the case may be) and were otherwise unaware: It’s officially sandal season.

This past weekend’s warm weather and the beautiful sunshine prompted me to set aside the running shoes and whip out my flip-flops, my casual shoe of choice for the next nine months.

However, before baring my normally well-hidden feet to the world, I realized they needed a little personal attention first (which is a polite way of saying, it was well past time to get my hooves trimmed and polished).

My feet were in dire need of a pedicure, a fact I naturally discovered as I was putting on my sandals a good 20 minutes before I had to leave for an event. Wandering around the house barefoot is one thing; going out in public where others might see my hobbitlike resemblance was a no-go.

Being short of time, I went the quick and easy route by buffing up my feet with a homemade sugar scrub. Composed of sugar, oil and essential oil (for fragrance), this scrub is exactly like the expensive scrubs available at spas and department stores, for a mere fraction of the cost. Even better, this scrub is simple to make, and works perfectly on hands, body and face — and most definitely, feet.

What you’ll need:

• 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown)

• 1/4 cup oil (olive, coconut or almond oil)

• essential oil (optional)

Mix ingredients together and you’re done. The sugar won’t dissolve in the oil and acts as an exfoliant. The oil moisturizes your skin, leaving it silky smooth. And the essential oil is added for fragrance.

To use

Rub the scrub on your skin in a circular motion, then rinse completely.

The scrub can be stored in an airtight container on your countertop, and will last up to 2 months.