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DIY Body Scrubs

Our skin regenerates approximately every 27 days. You can help it along by exfoliating the top layer of dry, dead skin. You should exfoliate no more than twice a week to prevent damaging new growth. Although there are many physical and chemical options for exfoliating, I like to make my own. This week I put together a couple of great smelling scrubs.

I’m not a coffee drinker but the smell of coffee makes me happy. So I made a coffee scrub made of organic coffee grounds, coconut oil, Epsom, Sea and Himalayan salts, and Cappuccino fragrance oil. It was so invigorating, and the recipe yielded two 8-oz jars. I kept one and gifted the other. My little jar should last for quite a while.

Later in the week I made a lemon sugar scrub that is simply made of organic sugar, lemon zest, lemon essential oil and almond and coconut oils. The coconut oil took over as the prominent scent, but hey, who doesn’t love the sweet smell of coconut.

The Himalayan salt in the coffee scrub gives a deeper scrub than the sugar. I don’t recommend using it on your face. On the other hand, the sugar lemon scrub is great as a face scrub because the granules of the sugar are very fine. And the oils in both scrubs are very moisturizing. My skin feels soft and hydrated.

If you can’t make it to the spa  or chemical peels aren’t your thing, then make your own scrubs. There are dozens upon dozens of recipes online or you could experiment and make your own. At least, you will know what you’re exposing your skin to.

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