If you’re ready to go all DIY with way number 5 in the 6 ways to perk up your skin then this post is all for you.
If you’ve been living under a rock then you may have missed that it’s “in” to start making your own scrubs so I’m here to show you how absolutely easy it is so that you, too, can look super cool when you chat loudly with your girlfriends in public about your homemade coffee scrub that gives you baby butt soft skin.
If all goes according to plan then a complete stranger will “accidentally” bump into you just to feel your über soft arm that you purposefully left exposed so that your friends can pet you and admire you for how great you are at all this “hippy homemade stuff.”
Now that the scene is set, here’s the makings for your future rendez-vous.
The Grocery List
- Coffee grounds or sugar
- Coconut oil
- A closed container
Thats it! If you’re not using this on your face then you can also add your favorite essential oils to this list as well. Mine includes both lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. I usually just pour a small amount into the lid of the oil container and pour in just a small amount based upon the size of the scrub mixture.
First of all, you’ll need to be sure that whatever container you’re using for your mixture is thoroughly cleaned. I’m recycling my benefit skincare containers for my mixtures.
After prepping your container, throw in some of your coconut oil and then proceed to add your coffee grounds (or sugar) to the coconut oil and mix. The most important thing to remember is that coconut oil has an ever changing consistency. When you’re first scooping it out it’s probably quite solid but once you’ve started mixing it, it begins to resemble most other oils you’re more familiar with. Because of that reason is why we add the coffee grounds one spoonful at a time. Stir it a bit, let it sit a minute and then continue to add as you go until you get the consistency that you’re most comfortable with. (Keep in mind that if you plan on adding any essential oils to this then you’ll want to remember that this will also thin it out.)
The next step is to slather it all over and massage it in to each area for a good minute. If you’re doing this during your shower then keep in mind that this has oil in it which can make your razor clogged and gross so be sure to shave first. Also, I prefer to wash my body with body wash after doing my scrub so that I remove the excess oil from my skin (but that’s obviously up to you so feel free to play around with your options.)
A few things to note:
- You should probably only exfoliate once or twice a week. Doing so any more than that could aggravate the skin.
- After you exfoliate you’ll most likely notice that the lotion you apply afterwards moisturizes better. Getting rid of all that dead skin helps your body soak up the extra added moisture!
- I use 2 scrubs. One for my face and lips and one for my body. The body scrub I use is composed of coffee grounds, coconut oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. The face/lip scrub is composed of sugar and coconut oil.
Do you make your own scrubs? Share in the comments!