If you live in the ‘tah you’re familiar with the brisk air, the awful inversion (a looming cloud of pollution that hovers over our valley throughout the Winter/early Spring) and the cold weather.
I’m a Utah native but the air in the Winter is really tough on my skin no matter what I do. We have the worlds greatest snow but we also live in a desert, so it can get extremely dry. I find myself applying a lot more lotion and moisturizer, either eating it in my diet or taking more Omega 3 supplements, and drinking a ton of water to help keep my skin hydrated.
It’s getting nice outside and I feel motivated to not only do some Spring cleaning around the house but for my body as well. I’ll be sharing the different all-natural, DIY things that I do to start fresh for this beautiful new season.
I oil cleanse with Live Crude skin care line as well as Olio, both local to SLC, and I don’t want to reintroduce my skin to harsh chemicals after using strictly organic, all natural products. Our skin soaks up everything that we put on it and it goes directly into our bloodstream. It might sound extreme, but my doctor recently told me to be conscious of the ingredients in lotions, etc. that I use. He said if I really want to be careful I shouldn’t use it if I wouldn’t eat it or can’t pronounce it! There is obviously a happy balance between being aware and living your life, so find what works for you.
*tip: download the app, “Think Dirty” to scan all of your beauty products as well as cleaning items in your home to see how high they are rated when it comes to chemicals/parabens.
I think the best part about this coffee scrub is that it has ingredients that can be found in your cupboard that create the perfect elixir when combined.
*Tips: keep in an airtight container. use a tub stopper in your shower while using this scrub, as you’ll need to remove it from your shower and get rid of the waste in a regular garbage can as opposed to your shower drain, which can become clogged. use all organic ingredients if at all possible. make a new batch every 2-3 weeks to make sure that it stays fresh and effective. dry brush prior to using it to see even better results.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of coffee grounds (used or new, either will work)
- 1 cup of melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of pink Himalayan sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of organic sugar in the raw
- 1-3 drops of lemon oil (I use DoTerra) or 1/2 a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1-3 drops of grapefruit oil or 1/2 a tablespoon of fresh grapefruit juice
I was tempted to use vanilla extract to make it smell like a vanilla latte, but I went with citrus instead (but use whatever oils you’d like, you don’t have to use these exact ingredients)
Why citrus + sugar?
Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone. It’s also a natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion. Using too much or putting it directly on the skin can damage the skin but it works well with this scrub.
I used sugar because it’s a natural exfoliator as well as a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.
“Grapefruit has excellent astringent and exfoliating properties that are perfect for oily or acne-prone skin,” says Washington, DC, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD. “It also increases the pH of the skin, which may reduce acne,” adds Dr. Murad. But when it comes to those suffering from rosacea, citrus may not be the answer. “Certain citrusy fruits such as grapefruit may irritate the condition. It’s important to identify the foods that affect you by tracking what you eat and evaluate how your skin reacts during the few hours after consumption,” says Dr. Murad.
*Be careful using and eating grapefruit if you take prescription medication. There are several drugs that can have life-threatening consequences when combined with even the smallest hint of grapefruit.
The salt helps the move the exfoliation process along and the coconut oil will leave your skin silky smooth (I gave a batch of this to a friend and she said she “couldn’t stop touching herself” ha! I took that as positive feedback;)
Coffee is loved by many, and quite a few drink it for one specific reason: caffeine. It not only helps you power through a work-day like a BA, but it also helps tighten your skin. It’s an anti inflammatory and is said to help prevent cellulite. Studies have shown that when it’s applied under the eyes it can reduce inflammation because it helps restricts blood vessels. It’s also full of antioxidants, and it smells delicious! One whif of coffee gives me that extra little oomph that I need, which is why this is also great for that early morning, half awake/half asleep shower.
This is an easy way to revive dry, dull skin. You’ll also get a clean, smooth shave because you’ve removed the dead skin cells that would have potentially clogged your razor (kind of gross, I know)
Now that Spring is here it’s time let say goodbye to your dry Winter skin! It will help the skincare products that you use be more effective because instead of fighting through layers of skin it can get right to work. So you’ll use less of your expensive product, it will be more effective, and you’ll save some money because you won’t have to buy it as often. It’s also great to do this prior to a spray tan or when you’re outside exposing your skin to the sun for the first time in a while to help prevent peeling or light/dark spots after your spray tan. If you exfoliate everyday you’re giving yourself that fresh, clean canvas.
I like to run myself a hot bubble bath, throw in a Lush bath bomb (click here to see my favorite one!), sip some Yogi Detox Tea, light some candles, and play relaxing music while my mind and body literally soak in a tub of coffee. Hello, heaven. Indulge from head to toe. You won’t regret it.
Melt the coconut oil, add your citrus, and then mix the remaining ingredients together. Make sure that everything is mixed together really well. Apply it to your body in a circular motion, spending at least 60 seconds on each place that you want to focus on and then let it sit for 15 minutes. I massage my feet/hands/calves while it’s soaking on my skin. Rinse well.
I have dark brown hair so I rub it in my hair as well. The coconut oil is hydrating for my scalp and hair. I usually do this on a sunday morning so that the coconut oil can really soak in. I wash my hair the next morning (really, really well to avoid greasy hair)
Afterwards, slip into something comfortable and enjoy smelling like a fresh cup of joy all day with a hint of citrus. Your skin will feel divine.. and isn’t that what we all really want?
Happy bathing, babes!