Learning With Maya, Episode 9: How To Sugar Scrub Like Mama

June 3rd

By Maya Malan-Gonzalez


Happy June my faithful readers! I’m back in Los Angeles and super ready for the summer. I had a great time in Portland working with Milagro and spending time with my family. Before I left town my mama wanted to send me off with some skin care knowledge.

Clearly I’m ready for one of those face washing commercials

Clearly I’m ready for one of those face washing commercials

You see, most people who wear makeup, learn early on the importance of washing their face. Most people who wear makeup, wash their face like every day so they don’t break out. Most adults who wear makeup, have some kind of skin care routine. I’m not most people.

I guess I’m a dirty nana because I wear makeup everyday, I have since I was a teenager and I rarely wash my face. Like in actuality, I probably only wash my face like a few times a month. And honestly, I might be exaggerating so I don’t sound so gross on the internet... It might actually only be a couple of times a month. Sure if I’m in a show and putting on stage makeup I might occasionally use those makeup wipes… but usually I don’t. And ok, ok- in an attempt to redeem myself I will say when people give me face washes, I do use them, not every day and not every other day but maybe a couple times a week….. But really once it runs out I don’t go out and get more. I’m terrible at taking care of my face- but luckily I have some good women in my life who have my back- well- my face really.

Who knew I could clean my face with food from my kitchen!

Who knew I could clean my face with food from my kitchen!

My mama is one crafty woman. She’s a DIY queen, so it came to no surprise to me that she makes her own sugar scrub to wash her face. And ya’ll it sounded crazy to me, using sugar to clean your face? That’s some tomfoolery. But my mama has that youthful look, so I’m gonna give this brown sugar scrub a shot.

All you do is mix brown sugar with coconut oil! Seriously, this only has two ingredients.

A spoonful of coconutty goodness

A spoonful of coconutty goodness

The How:

Put five tablespoons of brown sugar in a bowl. Grab a hearty tablespoon of hardened coconut oil and warm it up a little (like 10-15 seconds) so it becomes liquid. Mix the coconut oil in with the brown sugar. to get a wet sand that holds together. If you have super oily skin, you may want to put a little less coconut oil.

And that’s all you do! Put it in a cute little jar or whatever tupperware you got nearby and you have yourself a pretty easy and technically edible sugar scrub for your face.  Although, everyone makes it sound waaay tastier than it is. Yes, I licked it off my finger and no I was not like, “yummmm”, I was like, “oh nooooo- bleh”

Mama made sure to show me step by step how she does it. I mostly paid attention

Mama made sure to show me step by step how she does it. I mostly paid attention

After we made the scrub, mama wanted to make sure I knew how to wash my face with it. Which is kinda fair considering she knows I never wash my face.



Not horrible if some gets in your mouth, but not tasty enough to lick off my fingers.

Not horrible if some gets in your mouth, but not tasty enough to lick off my fingers.

The How:

She says to put a little dime sized glob in your palm. Add a little water to make it more paste like, then apply it to your face, exfoliating. A bunch of women have told me to always apply things to my face in upward motions, ‘cause we want the face to stay up, not be dragged down. Then mama stresses to use a microfiber towel to dry your face ‘cause it’s all nice and soft.

This was so fucking easy I felt like I was getting played. Like my mama must have lost her mind putting this stuff on her face. I went online to see if mama was crazy and it turns out this is super legit! I found this Miss Information blog and so many more, all with this mind blowing brown sugar coconut oil scrub. Some add essential oils or this one at liveaboutdotcom adds honey.

I do need to get some of these microfiber towels!

I do need to get some of these microfiber towels!

What’s amazing is this two part combo exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time!! Brown sugar is both soft enough not to tear at your skin but strong enough to scrub away those ancient dead skin cells. And apparently brown sugar also contains glycolic acid which fights bacteria! Brown sugar is here to help your sun damaged and aged skin. Brown sugar loves you.

You know else loves you? Coconut oil fucking loves you! Coconut oil is over here like, “oooh baby, put me on your skin and I’ll protect you so good from them nasty microorganisms, with me on your face I’ll keep them bacteria away.” Basically coconut oil has some awesome fatty acids like Lauric acid and capric acid which are great for preventing bacteria growth. Coconut oil also eases inflammation, can treat eczema and helps moisturize.  Ain’t she great?

Thanks Mama! <3

Thanks Mama! <3


You all know me, I’m kinda lazy, so the ease of making this scrub makes me actually willing to do it. Make a little jar and maybe I’ll actually start washing my face a few times a week!?


Check back in a couple weeks and see if I’m successful in washing my face more often.