Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Coffee Body Scrub

This recipe is very easy to make, and smells delicious. Coffee is a great antioxidant for the skin, and can temporarily relieve the appearance of cellulite. The oil in the scrub will keep skin moisturized and healthy. After using this scrub, I find that I can skip my post-shower moisturizing routine.

So, first, get a small plastic jar. I use one that is about 4 oz. Plastic is safer than glass, in case you drop it into your bathtub while showering (yikes).

Fill the jar one third of the way with finely ground coffee beans (I use coffee that I grind at the grocery store to an espresso or turkish coffee maker setting), and another third with sugar.

Now, add about 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. This is optional; it just makes the scrub smell good.

Add about 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Honey preserves the moisture in skin, and it will help to kind of stick the coffee grinds together.

Add about 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Almond oil, jojoba oil, apricot oil, or avocado oil work just fine. Use one or a combination of whichever ones are your favorites. Adding a little vitamin E oil is also a good option, as it nourishes the skin.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly until the oil is distributed evenly. You may have to add more oil if the scrub seems too dry, so just use your own judgement.

Use the scrub in the shower or bathtub and enjoy your glowing skin.

Oh, and try not to slip on the oil that gets on the floor of the tub, we all know its not fun to fall on your butt during a shower. And if that's never happened to you, consider yourself lucky.