Friday, October 10, 2014

Coffee Scrub DIY

Hey BBLA Babes!

Today we're bringing you a quick how-to on making your own coffee scrub! Exfoliating your skin at least once a week helps to keep you looking revitalized and fresh. Unfortunately, a lot of beauty products out there aren't particularly eco-friendly; the microbeads and fibers that help to scrub the skin do not decompose and end up in lakes and oceans after washing down the drain. Some states have even taken to banning the use of products with synthetic scrubbing fibers to reduce the impact our beauty regimes have on the environment. 

Given that the process of exfoliating dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt, we know there are plenty of natural ways to help keep you looking fresh. Cleopatra used home-remedies and you can too! What separates coffee scrubs from the other options out there is the key ingredient of Caffeine. As well as giving you that extra jolt in the morning, caffeine has blood constricting properties that tightens the skin, reduces puffiness and promotes collagen production in the skin for a vibrant and youthful look. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 Cup Coffee: We recommend a medium ground roast, to ensure the particles aren't too fine when you begin to scrub.
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has excellent moisturizing properties that help freshen the skin. You can substitute for Grape seed Oil if you have an allergy.
  • 1/3 Cup Coarse Sea Salt: This acts as a second exfoliate and clears the skin of any dirt or bacteria.
  • 5-8 Drops of an Essential Oil: This is to dilute the salt and also moisturize the skin, we recommend either frankincense or eucalyptus.  

The Process

Combine your oil and coffee, allowing them  to soak overnight or briefly in a saucepan over very low heat. Make sure to not let it boil! Mix in remaining ingredients before use and massage onto slightly dampened skin. Allow scrub to dry for five to 10 minutes rinse with plain water. Store the remainder in an air-tight container, keep it refrigerated and re-heat when you're ready to use again. This scrub should stay fresh for up to eight days before it's time to make a new one! 

Keep it Chic and Stay Sweet


Written by: Kiani-Iman

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