Don’t Miss Out On the Big Skin Benefits of CBD Sugar Scrub!

Jessica McKeil September 11, 2020 0 comments

Whether you buy it or make your own, infused CBD sugar scrub is going to help you glow all season.

It turns out staying at home gives you time (and inspiration) to make personal skincare products from things in your pantry. A scrub, made from sugar or salt, is some of the easiest and more affordable to start with. So easy, in fact, that they are almost impossible to mess up!

Both sugar scrubs, and their saltier counterparts, are perfectly suited for infusion with cannabinoids, like THC and CBD. Cannabis is believed to have several topical benefits including: anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, and pain-relieving. These are some of the main reasons you’ve seen skincare companies pumping their products full of CBD lately. Cannabis seems to be good for the body and the skin!

Whether you use a salt scrub or a sugar one, exfoliating is a key part of any skincare routine. Exfoliating using gentle products helps remove dead, flaking outer layers of the skin, making your face feel smoother and brighter. Most experts suggest exfoliating twice a week, but no more. You have to give your skin a chance to recover between each scrub.

What is a Sugar Scrub?

What exactly is a sugar scrub? It is a skincare product people primarily use for exfoliating sensitive areas. It’s often homemade (but not always) and may be specially formulated for different areas, like lips or face.

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Unlike the salt scrub, a sugar scrub is a much gentler exfoliant. For starters, sugar particles are much smaller than salt. They also don’t irritate sensitive skin or burn when applied to after shaving. You’ll know the salt burn we are talking about if you’ve applied a salt scrub to a cracked heel or on freshly shaved legs.

When targeting the face, lips, neck, and other sensitive areas stick with a sugar scrub recipe. These will gently remove dead skin cells, without undue irritation.

What is a Salt Scrub?

A salt scrub is essentially everything that a sugar scrub entails, but made with salt. Salt has a few added benefits. For example, Epsom salts have anti-inflammatory benefits, and salt helps clean up particularly dirty areas. You’ll often hear skincare companies claim that salt scrubs help detoxify the skin. But, take that claim with a grain of salt.

The primary difference between a salt and sugar scrub is the size of the exfoliant particle. Salt scrubs are typically coarser, often made from Epsom salts. These harsher exfoliants are best suited for use on tough skin areas — think hands, feet, and legs (provided you didn’t just shave!). Salt scrubs may have added benefits to dry areas, but remember to keep scrubbing as gentle as possible.

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How to Make a CBD Infused Sugar Scrub

Feel like a good scrub? Why not make your own CBD infused sugar scrub? With five ingredients or less, and only five minutes, you can have a refreshing and rejuvenating sugar scrub for your next at-home spa moment.


  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 4 tsp CBD Oil
  • 4 tbsp almond oil, avocado oil or olive oil
  • 10 drops essential oil (suggestions: frankincense for face, or citrus for lips)


  1. Add all ingredients into a mason jar.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Seal tightly with an airtight lid.
  4. Store in the bathroom for up to a month.

How to Use a Sugar Scrub

Exfoliate using a sugar scrub after cleansing and removing any makeup. To exfoliate with a sugar scrub, apply a tablespoon or so to your face. Basically, in small circular motions, scrub gently for 30 seconds or more.

Remember, exfoliation is an excellent tool as a part of a larger skincare routine, but only in moderation. Use a sugar scrub on the face, lips, and neck once or twice a week. It’s also beneficial to sugar scrub after shaving or waxing, that means legs, armpits, and bikini line.

sugar scrub on white woman's hands

How to Make a CBD-Infused Salt Scrub

Now, for a scrub best suited to the tougher skin on your hands and feet. While technically any old salt will do, try to source non-iodized salt, like coarse kosher or, better yet, Epsom. Combined with CBD’s anti-inflammatory powers, this scrub can do the body good after a long day at work, or a big hike.


  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or sweet almond oil
  • 4 tsp Full spectrum CBD oil
  • 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients into a mason jar.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Seal tightly with an airtight lid.
  4. Store in the bathroom for up to a month.

How to Use a Salt Scrub

Use a CBD-infused salt scrub for scrubbing the bottoms of your feet, for helping remove old dead skin cells. It’s also an excellent option for your hands. Scoop a tablespoon of salt scrub into the palm of your hand and gently massage the mixture over the surface of your skin for 30 seconds or more. Avoid areas with irritation, cracked heels, or cuts, as the salt will burn. Use a salt scrub two to three times a week.

Sweet or Salty? Why Not One or Both?

Because sugar scrubs and salt scrubs have specific applications, one soft and the other tough, why not make both? You likely already have all the ingredients in the pantry, and can whip both scrubs up in fifteen minutes or less. Moreover, remember to add in your favorite essential oils to personalize these to suit your skincare routine. And finally, don’t forget the splash of CBD oil to boost the topical benefits!

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Jessica McKeil

Jessica McKeil is a freelance writer focused on the medical marijuana industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She is lucky enough to live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where the cannabis industry is exploding. When not writing, she spends much of her time exploring in the coastal forests.

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