If you want silky, smooth, glowing skin for under £10 make sure you read this post! As i mentioned on my Instagram, I have very sensitive skin and so can’t use most shower gels, I have even tried some natural soaps like olive oil soap which brings me up in little patches of dry skin that look like psoriasis… not great! I also have a thing for having really soft skin, touch is definitely one of the most intense senses so I like to try to have silky smooth skin at all times. Having struggled to purchase anything that suits my skin and also coupled with becoming more aware of what I am putting in and onto my body as I learn more about holistic therapies, I decided to make something myself. This scrub is 100% natural and left my skin so soft even after the first use. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to moisturise after you get out of the shower, the oil stay on your skin but not enough for it to feel greasy.
Here is the little recipe I used and why I used each ingredient, portions don’t matter too much so this is just a rough estimate:
4 tablespoons ground coffee
The caffeine in coffee fights free radicals, which are responsible for premature skin ageing, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity. The antioxidants attack the free radicals and eliminate them improving the appearance of your skin. It is also anti-inflammatory reducing the redness of the skin and so improving skin tone. The caffeine also dehydrates fatty cells which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
4 tablespoons Himalayan sea salt
Beside from the exfoliation qualities of sea salt, Himalayan pink salt is renowned for its detoxifying qualities. It draws out metals and toxins from the body. This means it drives out the grime, dirt, pollution and bacteria that build up in your pores enabling the skin to remain clean and pure which can help to prevents breakouts. Sea salt also balances your skin’s pH levels and removes excess oil from your skin.
4 tablespoons Epsom salt
Epsom salts are a magnesium mineral compound and are widely known to help relieve sore and achy muscles which is one benefit to adding this to the scrub. However, they are also great for the skin too in the same way that Himalayan salt exfoliates and draws out toxins from the skin. Epsom salt is well known for loosening blackheads and making them easier to remove from the skin without causing damage.
1 heaped tablespoon Rainforest Honey (you can purchase at Waitrose)
Honey is naturally antibacterial making it great for acne treatment and prevention. It also full of antioxidants like coffee which slows down the three signs of ageing. It is moisturising which helps give your skin a healthy glow and finally clarifying opening up the pores making them easier to unclog and detoxify. I use Rainforest honey on recommendation from one of my lovely clients – her recommendation comes from a very credible source stating that it is in fact just as good for you if not better than Manuka honey but much cheaper!
4 tablespoons Unrefined Brown sugar
The particle size of brown sugar is perfect to exfoliate the skin and clear away dry and dead skin cells, however brown sugar is also antibacterial and contains glycolic acid which a natural exfoliant used in skin peels and creates a healthy, radiant glow.
500ml Olive Oil
Olive oil has been used for centuries as a skin moisturiser. Being a natural fat, it contains high concentrations of vitamin A and E which combine to nourish the skin. Vitamin E has anti-ageing benefits by restoring damaged skin cells and preventing damaging ultraviolet light from penetrating the skin layers. Vitamin A helps to repair skin from harmful environmental factors. The olive oil leaves a light coating on the skin when the scrub is rinsed off which isn’t greasy enough to stain clothing but just enough to make you glow! My grandad is 78 and has moisturised with olive oil his entire life and has barely any wrinkles at all so he is proof that natural is best!
You just mix the ingredients up and then the scrub is ready to go! I haven’t personally tried the scrub on my face as I am very cautious of using anything rough on my facial skin as it produces too much oil when it is scrubbed, but all ingredients are natural so it shouldn’t have any adverse effects.
Give it a go and let me know what you think!