Stress, pollution, an unhealthy lifestyle, excessive sun exposure, or shaving: every day our body is put to the test! The result is skin that tends to dry out, or we might even see some ingrown hairs cropping up. In order to help the skin get rid of all its dead cells, a body scrub can be a good option. And for a body scrub that’s healthy, effective, and 100% natural, there’s no better solution than to make your own! But remember to use it no more than once a week. 😉
The benefits of a body scrub
Used in moderation, a body scrub can have a wealth of benefits.
First of all, it allows the skin to find its soft and silky texture. Its main role is to get rid of dead cells for more effective cell renewal.
What’s more, it improves circulation and fights against cellulite and dimples when it is rigorously massaged in!
Finally, doing a body scrub prepares your body for tanning and evens out your skin tone. Just make sure you don’t ever use it on a sun burn!
How to make your DIY body scrub
A container (bowl)
A clear pot with a lid, like a jam jar
Anti-stretch mark recipe
1/2 cup of ground coffee
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cacao powder
Mix all of the ingredients together in your container. Once it’s all incorporated, transfer into your jar to use in the shower. If there’s any left over, you can keep it fresh in the fridge, but try to use it soon! 😉
How to use it
Ideally, you should be using a body scrub maximum once a week, and in general you should avoid using them if you have sensitive skin. It’s also not necessary to scrub really hard for the scrub to take effect. Apply to dry skin and rub it in circular motions for 5 to 10 minutes, focussing on the roughest areas: elbows, knees, and heels. Next, cleanse your body with a superfatted cold-saponified soap. Dry your skin thoroughly before applying a body moisturiser: body milk, multipurpose oil, or even a hydrating cream if you have very sensitive skin.
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