Bitter and Sweet

With grapefruit, you either love it or hate it. But with our homemade recipe, you don’t have to worry about the taste; you can apply it to your skin and still get all the benefits. Enjoy OHLALA’s DIY beauty tip for our July & August issue.


Grapefruit is one of those fruits that has attractive looks, but the taste is not so great. Its luscious colour does not reflect its flavour and tricks you. Some people won’t eat it at all, some do, and love it, while others only consume it for its healthy properties. When you think of grapefruit, chances are you think of vitamin C.

While it’s true that this type of vitamin plays a role in both immune function and skin health, that’s just one of the many benefits. This citrus fruit is also rich in antioxidants, such as beta carotene and lycopene. Antioxidants have been known to help prevent sun damage, increase collagen production, work as a brightening agent, and improve skin tone. Like lemons and all citrus fruits, grapefruit has natural acids that exfoliate dead skin, keeping pores clean and complexion bright.

The vitamin C derivative known as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate helps decrease water loss, helping your skin retain moisture and look more supple. A great ingredient to have in your exfoliant armoury to remove dead cells without drying up your skin. Full of salicylic acid, this scrub works wonders on your elbows, knees and heels to fight stubborn rough patches.

OHLALA’s

Grapefruit and Sugar Scrub

What you’ll need:

1/2 grapefruit, juiced

1 cup of granulated sugar

3 tbsp of grapeseed oil (or any fast-absorbing carrier oil such as safflower or jojoba)

How to make and apply it:

1. Pour the grapefruit into a bowl (preferably a ceramic one, not plastic).

2. Add the sugar and grapeseed oil (or the oil of your choice).

3. Fold the ingredients over with a wooden spoon to combine.

4. Apply the scrub to freshly cleansed skin, and use your hands to massage it into your complexion for about two minutes, gently.

5. Wash it off and carry on with your regular beauty routine.

Because this recipe contains fresh juice, it’s best to use this scrub all in one sitting. If you’d like to make your scrub ahead of time, increase the grapeseed oil and add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to replace the fresh juice. With these changes, it should last at least one week in the fridge.

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