Nature is a beautiful thing. It offers us a multitude of things without us even realising it. Today we rely on shop bought moisturisers and exfoliators all claiming to be packed with “natural ingredients” that will improve are skin and give us the glowing, baby soft skin of our dream. But all of this comes at a price. No not only the hefty price tag but also a price on our skin. Most skin products are packed to the brim with chemicals and nasties that might momentarily improve THE LOOK (beauty brands love these two little words) of your skin, but actually cause it more harm than good. So how can you get glowing, soft, fresh skin without all the chemicals and over priced packaging? Make it yourself, your skin will thank you and I promise you won’t go back to store bought products again.
Natural Moisturising Exfoliator
What you’ll need:
– small pot (I used an old dessert pots, clean of course)
– 1 1/2 teaspoons golden caster sugar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh coffee grounds
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together until you have something that is the consistency of wet sand.
Dampen your face with warm water and rub small amounts of face scrub all over your skin. Once skin is covered gently exfoliate by rubbing in circular motions, paying attention to your driest areas. Do this for about a minute then allow it to rest for another minute. Wash scrub off with warm water and pat your face dry. I would recommend dabbing a little coconut oil on the areas that were driest as they need a little extra moisture.
Why it works:
The sugar alone is great at exfoliating your skin but I found that I was still getting bits of flaky skin, so by adding the coffee grounds it gave me two different grades of exfoliation. The coffee gets rid of stubborn dry patches while the sugar is a little sticky and gently removes the rest. Cinnamon calms the skin and stops inflammation, perfect for people who suffer from acne or prone to out-breaks. Coconut oil is my all time best product EVER. It is a miracle worker. Not only will it moisturise your skin (without oily residue) it also fades sun spots making for a better complexion. I have stopped using regular moisturiser now as coconut oil is so much better for my skin and has improved it by 100%.
So try it out, let me know what you think and if you have your own natural routine I want to hear about it!