DIY Body Scrub I Swear By
One thing you guys should know about me, is that I am obsessed with heavenly glistening and soft skin. Whether it’s my skin or any body else’s, I am absolutely in love with beautiful skin. Now that we are sharing secrets, it’s also a turn on really, a thing I look for in the guys I have a thing for. Wink Wink.
How do you know if a person has holy skin, you might ask? Well it’s just god-sent. You’ll know good skin when you see good skin. And I’m not just talking about the face! The neck, chest, arms, all of it. The divine body. It’s really not something you can get, but you can die trying. And that is exactly why I am writing this today! So buckle up and get yourself ready for the easiest DIY Body Scrub that’ll get ya that angelic glow.
This DIY concoction is courtesy of my beloved mamma. I once had this acne scar on my butt, yes on my ass, and I wanted to smoothen it so mamma gave me the ingredients to her little secret scrub. And my life did change after that, let me tell you.
The thing I love about DIYs is that they are all natural and can be tweaked based on each person’s preferences and needs. Here I’ll give you the recipe to my fav home-made body scrub with the benefits of each element added to the mixture, all the Do’s and Don’ts, and what you can use replace some components with!
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of coffee powder
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of Vaseline (check below for alternatives)
Mix all your ingredients in a bowl or pot of your choice until you get a rich, thick paste. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator to cool for a bit before you use it. I personally prefer using it when it cools down, it feels fresher and more soothing! You can skip this step!
Never use a scrub on dry skin. Always wet your skin before layering the scrub and working your way with it. Scrubs are very abrasive on dry skin and won’t feel rich, helpful, or even smooth if not applied on atlas slightly wet skin. I usually use scrubs in the shower before I wash my body or shave!
Note: Regarding the Vaseline, if you don’t mind its purity level and are not very concerned with its environmental damage, then proceed at your own leisure. But there are more natural, healthier, and less hazardous alternatives that I encourage you to use such as Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Shea Butter. However, since there already exits Olive Oil in the mixture, there is no need for you to add any Vaseline or substitutes.
Sugar is a naturally gentle exfoliator that helps remove dead skin and to restore and refresh tired, clogged pores.
Coffee Powder in scrubs reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation, gives youthful, radiant skin, gets rid of dead skin cells, lessens puffiness, ameliorates the texture of your skin, minimizes the appearance of cellulite, adds a glow to your skin.
Olive Oil has antioxidant content which may help prevent premature signs of aging on the skin, vitamin content, antibacterial effects, and works wonders as a moisturizer and after-sun treatment. (It can also work as a make up remover as a plus!)
As for Vaseline Jelly, it is known to protect minor cuts and burns, tackle dry skin patches, shields against external causes of dry skin, rejuvenate dull skin, hydrate your skin and retain the body’s natural moisture and oils.
* Those who argue that Vaseline Jelly is not the best option as it contains Petroleum Jelly, the alternatives listed above may be a greater choice. These organic substitutes hydrate the skin, improve skin elasticity and collagen production, have anti-aging properties and protection against UV radiation, repair damaged, patchy, and wrinkly skin, and also help your skin retain its moisture - among many other benefits!
Do’s and Don’ts
Ladies and gents, do not get this in your private parts. No matter what you do, never use this scrub internally. We all know that products that are not clinically tested and approved for internal use should NOT be used there. This isn’t some kinky foreplay, you DO NOT want sugar granules and coffee powder residue in there.
Use this scrub between 2-3 times per week max. No scrub is advised to be used daily or more than 3 times weekly no matter how gentle it is supposed to be. Stick to a ceiling of 3 times. I do recommend to repeat the scrub each month or so, as consistency is key and one application doesn’t always do the trick! Your skin is need of constant care and revitalisation, just don’t over do it!
Personal preference, if I have left overs from the mixture, I always refrigerate it and don’t usually use it after more than a week in the fridge because I enjoy the freshness of my concoction. So try to stick to the amount you need in order to minimise wasting products and achieving fresh scrub!
I’ve recently become a supporter of all-things-organic and environmental-friendly products. So when you are fishing for those ingredients listed above make sure that your sugar, coffee powder, and olive oil are all organic and come from reliable sources with minimal to no additives. Although, organic standards are not the same in all regions of the world. So it is always clever and healthier to research products and ask your local market about the ingredients used and the product’s development!
This is a personal favourite of mine! I hope this will help you achieve your desired smooth and heavenly skin for you date night or for that extra self-love session! And guys please remember to make sure your skin is not sensitive or allergic to any ingredient before you apply it on your body!
Have a great scrub-sesh! Long live body care!
Scrub bub, Kimberly