- Fix yourself a DIY face scrub that is good enough to eat
Exfoliation! It is a word used and glorified way too often in the beauty space but most of us are guilty of not practising it enough. In simple terms, exfoliation involves scrubbing off the dead cells and gunk on the top layer of your skin, to reveal the healthier layers beneath. Besides, these young skin cells are more receptive to the other steps of your beauty regime such as hydrating, moisturizing or any other application, making it a crucial step that one cannot miss.
And while the markets are teeming with all sorts of scrubs, the best ones are organic. The ones that leave behind no trace – on your skin or in the bin – only a healthy glow.
We bring you 5 simple DIY recipes for homemade scrubs that take less than 5 minutes to whip up. And, the furthest you have to go to pick up the ingredients, is to your kitchen!
The Sugar Scrub (Preparation time – 2 mins)
1 cup organic granulated sugar
½ cup olive or coconut oil
essentials oils (optional)
Mix these in a glass bowl and apply in circular motion before washing it off with warm water. And it’s done!
Why it works: Sugar is an excellent natural exfoliator. When mixed with organic oil and scrubbed on skin, it leaves behind a smooth texture.
Honey Oatmeal Scrub (Preparation time - 2 mins)
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp ground oatmeal
Mix the ingredients thoroughly along with a spoon of warm water to make a thick paste. Massage the face gently with the paste before washing off with warm water.
Why it works: The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal and the moisturizing quality of honey come together to make a magical potion for glowing skin.
The Coffee Body Scrub (Preparation time - 2 mins)
¼ cup ground coffee
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a coarse paste and apply all over the body. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Why it works: Sugar acts as an excellent exfoliator, coffee is rich in anti-oxidants and olive oil helps hydrate the skin.
Green Tea Scrub (Preparation time - 2 mins)
2 tbsp green tea
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey
Massage the skin with this coarse paste for 5-10 minutes before washing off with warm water.
Why it works: Green tea has excellent anti-oxidant properties making it a great addition to an organic exfoliator.
Ginger Scrub (Preparation time - 5 mins)
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tbsp ginger, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup granulated sugar
essential oils (optional)
Heat coconut oil and ginger pieces on low heat. Once it cools down, add the rest of the ingredients and massage all over the body and face. Leave it on for 15-20 mins before rinsing off.
Why it works: Ginger’s anti-oxidant and antiseptic properties make it a great element in the scrub mix.
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