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Healthy Skin DIY: Oatmeal, Sugar, and Fruit Scrub

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In Healthy Skin DIY, we ask the experts for tips and recipes on how to achieve healthy skin with natural and everyday ingredients. We believe that what's good enough to eat is also good enough to treat your skin. Have a suggestion? Email us at healthyskin@marthastewart.com

Now that your summer glow is starting to fade, is your skin looking a little lackluster? There's a simple way to regain that vibrant complexion: Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing the fresh skin beneath.

To get started, all you need are a few items that you probably already have in your kitchen. Try the following simple recipe from Randi Ragan, owner and founder of GreenBliss EcoSpa in Los Angeles.

Sugar's tiny granules make it an excellent natural exfoliant, says Ragan. She pairs the sweet stuff with fruit, which are packed with gentle acids, and soothing oatmeal. Whip up her face scrub and apply it to clean skin once a week:

Oatmeal, Sugar, and Fruit Scrub

¼ cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
A few slices of fruit, such as apple or strawberries


1. Add ingredients to a blender, and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
2. Using your fingers, gently massage the scrub into your skin. Wash off.  You can also use it as a face mask: Wait 10 minutes before rinsing.

For more DIY exfoliants, check out our guide to scrubs and masks.

Randi Ragan is the owner and founder of the GreenBliss EcoSpa in Los Angeles, a green-conscious and mobile venture. She strives to link everyday self care to long-term beauty and wellness. Holistic living means linking all aspects of self-care—beauty, nutrition, exercise, and mediation—to create a living, breathing wellness and beauty plan.

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