So I’m sure by now you’ve tried a coffee scrub or two, but just in case you haven’t tried MAKING one, I’m here today to help you out.
I won’t lie to you, Frank Body Scrub is one of my favorite things; they figured out the right way to scrub, I mean that’s all there is to it. But, if you don’t have access to Frank or are a little pinched budget-wise, or if you just wanna skip the middle man and flaunt your independent woman/man ways and impress all your friends, then I can help.
I’ve taken the liberty of trying about a billion different scrub variations for you, I know I know, I’m your best friend. It’s okay. I’m by no means a professional, and I’m not making any claims as to what this can or cannot do and this shouldn’t necessarily be used as a “prescription” to fix anything… but what good is a girl without an opinion, right?
So I used the coffee grounds left from our coffee maker, but we grind our coffee ourselves and I think this actually makes two big differences. 1) the coffee tastes a lot more fresh and flavorful, and 2) the smaller the grounds, the deeper the grounds can go/ the more exfoliating it will be.
I also used organic extra-virgin olive oil, brown sugar, a little salt, vanilla essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil. (Obviously you don’t have to use the oils, but if you have any on hand that are good for skin it definitely wouldn’t hurt to put them in)
I’ve always used coconut oil but after coconut oil sits for awhile, it develops a very musky smell. Almost like stale butter or something? I don’t know, but on your skin, mixed with the smell of coffee, it still smells good but a little weird. Also coconut oil is VERY oily. Which I love. I made a scrub once and accidentally put way too much oil in there but I didn’t even mind because it made my skin so soft.
But maybe you wouldn’t like it, you know? You’ve really got to try it all for yourself.
Sea salt is really ideal but for whatever reason I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so I just used table salt and I like it fine. Salt really detoxes your skin and pulls out a lot of impurities, so I love my scrubs to have a little at least.
You can really put anything in that you want, and play around with how you want the texture and consistency to be. Ideally though, when you mix everything together, it should be a little dry feeling. Test it out on your hands and when you rinse, if your hands feel soft then that’s enough oil, but if it feels like you just washed your hands with soap maybe add a little more.
Also I try to rinse my body with water, turn the water off, put the scrub on, and let it sit for a little bit, scrub harder on areas with cellulite, scars or acne. But if you have oily skin make sure to rinse it off well enough. Too much oil will make you break out! (Trust me on that one).
It’s good to scrub probably twice a week, but maybe not every day. Scrubbing too much could tear your skin follicles and not give them a chance to heal.
The scrub can be left in the shower for about a week and a half, but with all the humidity from the water it’s a good idea to change it regularly so bacteria doesn’t have a chance to grow. And if you include any perishable items (fruit, avocados, nuts, egg whites or yolks, etc.) treat it with extra care and ere on the side of caution. It’s better to throw away a little rather than put anything that could be moldy on your face!!
If you have any questions then comment below and feel free to comment!
First I want to say that obviously I’m not a healthcare professional of any sorts. I’m just a 24 year old with a history of oily skin, enlarged pores, and embarrassing acne. Now, that you know my secrets, let’s continue. Read the rest of this entry »
Chew on the Write Words is branching out! Starting this month I’ll be posting primarily on this account with natural beauty product reviews (natural deo, anyone?), DIY mask/scrub/lotion recipes, possibly local restaurant reviews, fun places to see or visit if you ever decide to travel to S. Korea, health and basic food facts, snack recipes and ideas, testimonies of my personal journey… and basically anything else that strikes my fancy.