Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter. Why? Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round. So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple. I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather. Well there’s a problem with that. These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should. So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well. By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs. With that said, let’s talk about scrubs. Bath scrubs not Scrubs.
This is for all my coffee drinkers. Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice!
1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind)
2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil)
3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works)
1/2 ts of vanilla extract
And mix it all up. Note if you choose to use coconut oil and it’s organic, you need to nuke it a bit without making it super hot. Your coffee scrub is ready for you to use.
This is for those who need a spa day.
2 cup of raw sugar (the chunky stuff)
6 drops of lavender oil or 2 tbsp of crushed lavender
1/2 of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil)
And mix it all up. Note if you choose to use coconut oil and it’s organic, you need to nuke it a bit without making it super hot. If you choose to use the flower instead of the essential oil, heat 1 cup of oil of your choice on a low flame, add the lavender flower petal, and allow it to soak for 30 seconds. Then cut off the flame and allow the oil to cool before mixing it with the other ingredients. DO NOT strain the flower petals out. Your lavender scrub is ready for you to use.
1 tbsp of raw sugar (chunky chunky)
1 tbsp of honey
1 drop of peppermint oil or crushed peppermint leaf
And mix it all up. It won’t be too sticky, but this scrubs is best for your lips. I wouldn’t recommend using this on your feet because out of all the scrubs this one, in my opinion, is the messiest. But it works wonders on your lips!
All the scrubs I’ve mentioned, except #3, can be used for your whole body or just a certain area that’s been hassling you. I want to point out 3 things though. First, use hot water when rinsing these scrubs off and down the drain. If you don’t, you could clog your drains. So if you have an older drainage line/system be careful. Second, on scrub #2 you can change the flower petals to rose or chamomile etc., but the petals need to be crushed. Third, be sure to look up the properties of the flowers before changing them. Flowers are herbs. So they each uniquely address something. For example, calendula and chamomile are great moisturizing herbs, but these two aren’t identical and they do differ in effectiveness. Also, coffee (decaf or not) has caffeine. If you use the coffee scrub too often it could be problematic to your health. I recommend using Scrub #1 no more than twice a week. The other scrubs can be used as often as you like. You can also store these scrubs in a glass jar in the refrigerator up to 2 months before they start breaking down. So try these scrubs out and let me know what you think? If you added anything tell us how it went. Tschus!