Soften and Exfoliate Cuticles with Brown Sugar and Lemon Juice

I love the smell of lemons, so this project was a bit of a dream for me, except when mixed with the brown sugar, which brought back the memories of doing master cleanses in my early 20's. I must've been more resilient then because I definitely completed all 10 days of only lemon juice and maple syrup. These days I think I'll stick to cuticle scrubs and general healthy eating. I'm a lot more into balance than experimentation these days. That said, I think those more extreme decisions we make when we're younger set the pace for a better understanding of ourselves. And for that I'm grateful, for all the hours of muscling through cleanses, and the never ending search for the foundation of wellness. These days I feel like the foundation for wellness is inside and that things can be simple, if you let them be. 

This scrub definitely softens hands and cuticles and if you prefer you can sub the brown sugar for honey—which also works as an exfoliant and it's also really great for sun spots.

You may have some left over after scrubbing your cuticles. I like to use the rest on my chest and shoulders, where I can sometimes get too much sun exposure. This helps to soften the damage, but be careful, because it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun afterwards. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 


  • Mix the lemon and sugar into a paste. I always pick the seeds out with a spoon after squeezing the lemon juice in. 
  • Apply generously to your cuticles and scrub.
  • Rinse and moisturize.