Showing posts with label Exfoliate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Exfoliate. Show all posts

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Skincare | DIY Coffee Body Scrub



I love making DIY scrubs, though I usually stick to sugar and oil combos (like this one ). Blogger beaut LaaLaa from  recently posted about  and I couldn't help be intrigued by using coffee on my skin. Aussie company  has received a lot of hype on the internet over the past year, and with totally natural ingredients which can help improve skin concerns like cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and acne it's not hard to see why. LaaLaa explains perfectly in her post the benefits of each ingredient in the Original Coffee Scrub and it's the caffeine from the coffee powder that I'm hoping to reap the most benefits from.

As I have most of the ingredients for the above product stashed in my kitchen cupboards I made a batch to see how well a coffee scrub would work for my skin. This takes literally minutes to throw together and I've been storing the scrub in a jar for easy in-shower application.

Basic recipe:
6 tablespoons of Coffee Powder
3 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons of Rock Salt
2 tablespoons of Sweet Almond
1 tablespoon of Vitamin E Oil
10 drops of Orange Oil
1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine

I kept the ingredients mostly the same as the Frank product but added some glycerine to make it more moisturising as my skin has been quite dry recently. I tripled the recipe above to fill up my 0.5L jar. I've tried this scrub a few times and the main difference I've noticed in my skin is that it's very smooth and soft after using. The coffee does make a bit of a mess and I found the smell quite strong, but I actually love the smell of coffee! The scent doesn't linger too long but I might try this again adding vanilla fragrance or try a version of Frank's Coconut Coffee Scrub.

Have you tried Frank products or a similar body scrub?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Skincare | DIY Citrus Body Scrub



I usually rely on scrubs to lighten up dark marks or uneven areas on my skin - particularly my knees, underarms and elbows. For me, exfoliation is a key part of brightening up the skin tone and it doesn't require any fancy gadgets or expensive beauty potions. All you need for a great exfoliating scrub is oil and some sugar.

I love using natural DIY recipes for my skin where possible and often I mix up whatever I have laying around. Lately I've been using a combination of citrus essential oils and dark brown sugar which only takes a minute to prepare. I like to use lemon and orange oil which are both great for lightening the skintone. They're both highly concentrated so I mix only a few drops with a carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil.

The standard recipe I've been using is:
1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil
1 tablespoon of Avocado Oil
5 drops of Orange Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
6 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

I mix this altogether in a bowl looking for a consistency that's not too oily or too dry. I prefer to use dark brown or brown sugar as it's a softer, moist sugar with fine grains which aren't too abrasive on the skin. If you choose to use white sugar, or even sea salt, just add more oil so it's not so rough. After it's all mixed together I store it in a container which I just keep in my bathroom to use when I shower until it runs out.

By using this scrub at 1-3 times a week, I've noticed a dramatic improvement in dark areas on my skin, especially my knees which have always been several shades darker than the rest of my skin.

Have you tried making your own body scrub?

Christine Stewart x

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