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Monday, March 17, 2014

DIY Skin Recharging & Hydrating Body Scrub!

I won't lie, I have a drawer full of body products and among them are a half dozen body scrubs. It's not that these scrubs are bad, in fact most of them are quite good, but I always come back to this simple, DIY body scrub that I can make in a matter of minutes in my kitchen.

I'm absolutely a sucker for home made or natural products and I love using coconut oil on my skin to nourish, hydrate and sooth any irritation. I've never had any adverse reaction to using coconut oil on my skin but if you are prone to body acne then it would be best to patch test it first.

This scrub leaves my skin so incredibly smooth and soft that you need to try it to believe it. It contains skin toning coffee to buff away any dry skin, smooth your skins surface and it has also been said that coffee will help to fight away pesky cellulite. Sugar adds a little extra 'oomph' to scrub away at any rough patches of skin without drying it out.

It's simple but incredibly effective, here's how you make it.

You'll need

1/4 cup of ground coffee, I have a coffee grinder but you can buy pre-ground coffee at your supermarket. It's important that you use coffee grounds, not instant coffee. You're not going to drink it so don't worry about quality, cheap is fine.
2 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil, You can use avocado or olive oil if you don't have coconut oil but coconut oil really is the best for your skin.
1 1/2 tablespoons of caster sugar, Regular sugar is fine but it will be more course, take a little extra care when scrubbing your skin.

Mix together until you have a paste and you're ready to go.

I apply it in my shower before I turn the water on to control the mess. Coffee grounds have a way of flying across the room. I start by scrubbing my thighs and legs, right down to my ankles. I like these areas to have a longer chance to tone. I then move onto my arms and shoulders before finishing with my back, chest and stomach.

I like to leave the scrub on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. This gives the caffeine a chance to stimulate your skin and the coconut oil gets to hydrate properly. Think of it as a mask for your body.

When 10 minutes is up, I rinse the scrub off (it comes off very easily, even with the coconut oil) and use my regular body wash.

After I shower I always take a little bit of coconut oil and use it as a moisturiser. A tiny bit goes a long way.

If you don't use all the scrub it will store well in an airtight jar or container for 3-4 weeks. Remember that coconut oil sets hard in colder temperatures so you may need to melt it again by either submerging the jar into warm water for 2-3 minutes or zapping it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

If you make this incredible body scrub let me know what you think of it in the comments below or tag me on twitter or instagram with @ohrebeccalife.

1 comment:

Billi L said...

This is so awesome - there I was, considering spending $15 on the Frank body scrub, when I could make it at home! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it! :-)