Natural Skin DIY Exfoliator

Monday, July 15, 2013



*This is a guest post.


Summer can be tough on the skin. The heat can cause more oil production if you already have oily skin, or dry your skin out if it's naturally dry. That's why it's important to apply an exfoliator that will successfully get rid of dead skin cells without damaging your skin. Regular exfoliation will give your skin the healthy glow that will make summer even more enjoyable. 

Here's a simple recipe from the experts at Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone for an exfoliator you can make at home.

You'll need:

¼ cup of ground coffee. You can make this in your coffee maker or French press
½ cup of aloe vera gel
½ cup of coconut oil

Make sure the coffee grains are strained well, but they don't have to be completely dry. Melt the coconut oil so it's easier to work with, and pour the oil over the coffee grinds; stir the mixture thoroughly. Pour in the aloe vera gel and leave the mixture at room temperature for about an hour to set.

Once the exfoliator is ready to use, the coffee grinds will be at the bottom. If you want, you can mix the exfoliator every few minutes while it's settling to evenly distribute the ingredients. If you want to use the mixture before it's completely set, just make sure it's not too hot.

You can use this all-natural exfoliator in the shower over your whole body; give your feet, elbows and other rough areas of your skin extra attention. Use circular motions to apply the exfoliator, massaging toward the center of your body. The mixture is also great for areas of your body that could develop cellulite, like your thighs, belly and bottom. Exfoliate for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cool or cold water to lock the moisture from the ingredients into your skin and close your pores. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel. This scrub is not recommended for the face, as the contents may be too harsh.

This DIY exfoliator is free from any chemicals like parabens or fillers that can harm your skin or interfere with your natural hormone balance. Coconut oil naturally moisturizes the skin and gets rid of impurities, coffee grounds will remove dead skin and excess oil, and aloe soothes and protects the skin, which can both treat and prevent sunburn. The recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare, and you'll leave the shower feeling soft and refreshed.

♥ Jes ♥



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