As I’ve been through my 20s and now that I’m in my early 30s, I’ve found that my skin has changed a lot, especially in its sensitivity. I don’t have the luxury of putting anything and everything on my skin and just seeing how it goes. I’m now super particular about the products I use and now very much favour natural ingredients that won’t irritate my skin. I’ve already written about my favourite face mask from LUSH and I’ve now made something myself to use on my body whilst I shower.
The main ingredient of this scrub is roast and ground coffee, which I’ve read so much about. Coffee grounds naturally exfoliate dead skin and can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells, according to Byrdie. Both sounded so good to me, so I decided to make a coffee-based scrub myself, rather than buy something super expensive from a store. I added to the coffee grounds fine Himalayan pink salt due to its amazing benefits (including detoxifying properties) and Demerara sugar for added exfoliation. I added vitamin e oil, which blocks free radicals (which play a part in aging) and has antioxidant properties. The thing holding it all together? Coconut oil. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the amazing things that coconut oil does. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and is a great moisturiser, so is perfect to put on the skin.
Take a look below for the full recipe.
- 60g or 3/4 cup roast ground coffee
- 55g or 1/4 cup fine Himalayan pink salt
- 40g or 1/2 cup Demerara sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 80g or 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
- Mix together the coffee grounds, salt and sugar in a bowl.
- Add the vitamin e oil.
- Melt the coconut oil (I did this in a microwavable bowl in the microwave for 1 minute).
- Add the coconut oil to the dry mixture little by little, until you get a wet, clumpy mixture. The scrub should stick to your skin when rubbed in, but shouldn’t have any excess liquid.
- Store in an airtight container.
- To use, slather a large handful onto damp skin whilst in the shower. Leave on for 5-10 minutes before washing off thoroughly.
Notes: When mixed with water, the scrub will leach colour onto your skin, so just be sure to wash off thoroughly. It will get messy, so you definitely only want to use this in the shower. You might want to use a mirror to ensure you have washed all of the scrub off.