Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY Exfoliating Facial Scrub

This is a really simple and cheap beauty treatment that anyone can do, I've been a little slack with my skincare lately so I'm trying out some new routines to kick off the New Year.

Did you know that Brown Sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types?

Or that the 'Coconut' is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also classified as a 'functional food' because it provides many health benefits?

Apparently the oil of the coconut has healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations extensively and is considered to be the 'healthiest oil' :) 

'Coconut Oil' aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. It penetrates the deeper skin layers and helps strengthen the underlying tisues.  'Coconut Oil' goes solid in cooler temperatures and is a great staple to have around, you can use it to shave and to deep condition the tips of your hair and also to remove your makeup. It is also really yummy in your salads and smoothies (just don't use too much). Coconut Oil is a wonderful moisturiser on it's own for your whole body, the trick is to remember that 'a little goes a long way'

*  1 tablespjoon Brown Sugar
*  approx 1 tsp (more or less, add drops if you need them) of Coconut Oil

Put the brown sugar in the palm of your hand
Add the Coconut Oil
Stir in your palm with your finger or spoon creating a paste (not too thin)
Add more oil or sugar if needed
Massage into clean skin in a circular motion
Rinse off with warm water
Apply a warm (but not hot) washcloth to your face and massage gently for about 2 mins
Moisturise with your favourite moisturiser :)

If you don't have Coconut Oil you can substitute for Cold Pressed Olive Oil instead but just remember that Olive Oil is much thicker than Coconut Oil and is not such a good idea for oily skin.

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