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Regular exfoliation has a myriad of benefits for the skin with both short and long term effects. 

Massaging your exfoliant into the skin removes dull, rough, dry and dead skin while also boosting circulation. This helps new skin cells be exposed at the surface, revealing a more youthful and brighter complexion.  It also makes skin feel silky and smooth and can not only increase production absorption – giving you more bang for your buck, but helps in maintaining a more hydrated and moisturised skin barrier.

Immediate benefits
Smooth and silky skin
Better absorption of products
Hydrated and moisturised skin
Increased circulation
Clearer, brighter complexion

Long term benefits
Improved skin tone and texture
Reduced appearance of pigmentation and fine lines
Aids in treating and reducing acne, breakouts and black heads
Reduces ingrown hairs

Below we share two simple recipes for a DIY body scrub with ingredients you’ll have in your kitchen.  Inexpensive, natural and a great way to give your skin a little extra TLC.




Ingredients
Coffee – manual exfoliant, anti-inflammatory, stimulating, contains antioxidants
Salt – manual exfoliant, packed with minerals, detoxifying, anti-bacterial
Sugar – gentle manual exfoliant, hydrating 
Lemon juice – contains citric acid – citric acid is a chemical exfoliation (AHA) which helps to exfoliate dead cells, clean pores and reveal a brighter complexion
Oil – will nourish and moisturise skin (If you don’t want to use oil, you can add a little water instead)

 


Coffee Body Scrub –
We recently switched to a manual coffee machine and I’ve been using my used coffee grounds on the garden and in the shower.  

⅓-½ cup used coffee grinds (I use 2-3 pucks of coffee)
2-3 tablespoons fine salt
1 tablespoon of oil (can be Olive, Coconut, Avocado, whatever you have on hand in the kitchen)
NOTE: If you want it less oily use 1/2 tablespoon oil and 1/2 tablespoon of water

In a stainless steel bowl, measure and mix dry ingredients together.  Add the oil and mix well.



Application:
Apply to wet skin in the shower. 
Be sure to massage in circular motions starting at the feet and working your way up the leg focusing on rough skin areas such as heels, knees and elbows.
Wash off well.
Note: Take care in the shower as it may be a little slippery due to the oil.


Once washed off and you’re finished in the shower, moisturise with a body oil or cream.  Applying a body oil to slightly damp skin ensures it locks in hydration and keep skin silky and glowing.

What’s interesting…..a small amount of caffeine actually remains in used coffee grounds, so you’re still getting the benefits.
This amount is good for both legs, hips and butt.  If you want to do your whole body, increase the recipe by half.




Salt Body Scrub

1/4 cup fine Salt (I use Celtic)
¼ cup fine sugar (I like Brown or Castor)
2 teaspoons oil (this can be Avocado, Olive, Coconut)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (don’t use on cut or inflamed skin or if you’ve just shaved your legs)

NOTE: Brown sugar dissolves while being used which helps with hydrating the skin.
In a stainless steel bowl, measure and mix dry ingredients together.  Add the oil and mix well.



Application:
Apply to wet skin.  
Massage in circular motions starting at the feet and working your way up the leg focusing on rough skin areas such as heels, knees and elbows.

Wash off well.  Note: the shower may be a little slippery due to the oil.

Once washed off and you’re finished in the shower, moisturise slightly damp skin with a body oil or cream.  Applying a body oil to slightly damp skin ensures it locks in hydration and keep skin silky and glowing.


For best results, it is recommended to exfoliate 1-3 times a week, depending on skin type.

Short on time? You can always just simply take the ground coffee, salt or sugar and use as a body scrub.  But by incorporating a few ingredients together, you’ll get a more luxurious scrub.

Something to note is that the above ingredients are best suited for the body, as they can be a little too abrasive for the face.

We do have a gentle and face specific exfoliant, this is our Facial Exfoliant Scrub and Mask which is a fine powder containing brightening Rice and Bamboo powder, Kakadu Plum high in Vitamin C and Yellow Clay which detoxes and draws out impurities.  Giving you all the benefits of smooth, glowing, healthy skin.


You can find our Facial Exfoliant here.

Do you have a favourite DIY body scrub ingredient?  Share below in the comments what you love to use.

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  • Linda
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    Hi, Andrea,
    I shall try these scrubs out, I make my own body moisturiser , with shea butter, fracionated coco, and almond oil, adding a few drops of essential oil makes it so good! I hope you, Matt and Cinny are all good xxx

    • admin
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      That sounds like a great body mosituriser with some fantastic ingredients. The scrubs do make your skin extra silky and smooth and they are really easy to make too. We are great. Hope you are too.

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