Winter Skin Exfoliation Recipe

Sugar Mocha Spice Scrub

Is your skin feeling more reptilian than amphibian these days? Well listen up! The skin’s natural shedding process slows during the winter months as there is less moisture in the air. This leads to the accumulation of the dead cells which leaves that dry, ashen appearance on your skin. The typical solution is to load up on heavier creams to compensate, but without removing that dry skin layer, your efforts will be in vain. So, here is a simple homemade solution. This past December, on the Global News at Noon Show, I spoke briefly about a sugar scrub that you can make with simple ingredients found in your kitchen pantry. In fact, the only reason we have white sugar or coffee in our cupboard is to make this wonderful skin nourishing sugar scrub.

Using this scrub a few times a week should bring out a brighter, smoother skin texture. You may also notice less blemishes and a decrease in skin hyperpigmentation. I don’t recommend using this scrub on your face and be sure to patch test if you have sensitive skin.

I also must note that this information is not meant to replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you have a skin concern, please seek the care of a qualified ND, MD or other health professional.

Thank you and enjoy!

Sugar Mocha Spice Body Scrub


1 cup of white sugar
¼ cup ground coffee (can be used or fresh)
¼ cup dark chocolate/cocoa powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp peppermint essential oil (you can also use essential oil of cinnamon, vanilla or another oil of your choice)
½ cup of grapeseed oil

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the essential oil and whisk in the grapeseed oil until all the ingredients are well combined. Store in an airtight container – A glass jar is best. Should take 5 minutes – tops!


Once in the shower, apply a generous amount of the scrub to wet skin using a circular motion. Rinse well with warm water and if desired, use a wash cloth to take off any excess oils before getting out of the shower. You should not need to moisturize after using this scrub.

Please let the scrub do the work. Do not apply tons of pressure but rather, use gentle strokes and focus on the areas of your body that you’re more concerned with. For most people this includes elbows, underarms, knees and feet.

Another caution note is to be careful in the shower while exfoliating because your shower floor will become slippery.

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