I’ve always had skin prone to dryness and hypersensitivity. Eczema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis… it’s one big party on my skin!
Ever since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, the dryness is SO MUCH WORSE. No matter how much I moisturise, or what I moisturise with, my skin has a constant “ashy” look. It makes me really self-conscious. I’ve spent loads on dermatologist appointments to no avail. Eucerin, Epimax, Avène, Uriage, coconut oil, olive oil: you name it, I have probably tried it. I also drink a minimum of two litres of water a day. And while the Avène moisturiser I am currently using is working fairly well, it still isn’t giving me lasting moisture.
I started researching homemade body scrubs and came up with this recipe. It smells DELICIOUS, and it makes my skin feel soft and elastic. I’ve been using it three times a week for about two weeks, and have already noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
- 1-2 large tblsp coconut oil
- 1 tblsp sugar (I use brown sugar, as that’s what I had in my pantry)
- 2 tblsp ground coffee (I use Adam’s leftover coffee grounds, which he dries out for me)
- 1 tsp honey (Raw honey is the ideal, but it’s expensive so I just used a brand found at Costco in Korea)
- Carrot Seed extract (3 drops)
- Vitamin E oil (5 drops)
*Keep in mind that carrot seed extract smells pretty gross, and will change the smell of your scrub. The essential oils can be ordered off iHerb.com, or bought from any health store.
- Mix everything together in an airtight container. The finished product looks pretty awful, but I promise you, its looks don’t matter!
- Rub onto wet skin after cleansing. I turn off the water and dry my hands before opening the container. This prevents water getting in and dissolving the sugar.
- Rinse off. This scrub makes a bit of a mess because of the coffee, but it is easy to wash away in a shower. Also, be sure to give the floor a bit of a scrub as the oil will make the surface slippery.
I use this scrub all over my body, except for my face (I think the sugar might be a bit too abrasive for me). However, Adam has put it on his face and he really likes it! Also, if any gets into your mouth, it tastes more like a treat than a body scrub. Lastly, don’t worry about the turmeric staining your skin. When I applying the scrub, I turn a bit yellow, but I return to normal once I rinse off. I do see some yellow on my towel after, so keep an old one on hand to dry off with.
Why these ingredients?
Turmeric powder — Turmeric is full of antioxidants, which prevent damage by free radicals. Thus, it has great anti-aging properties, and helps skin stay elastic. This spice helps with discolouration of skin. It is also wonderful for health in general, and I therefore use it in as much of my cooking as I can. For more information, you can read this article by Dr. Axe here.
Coconut oil — This super trendy oil actually lives up to the hype. It is good for the gut, skin, and the hair! It never worked when I applied it directly onto my skin in place of lotion, but in this scrub, I feel like it is really able to soak into my skin. Coconut oil has many antifungal and antibacterial properties, and can be used to soften the skin.
Sugar — Sugar is abrasive enough to be a really effective exfoliant: good for scrubbing, bad for eating!
Ground coffee — Coffee is also a great source of antioxidants, and can help with that natural, healthy “glow”. It’s good for exfoliating, too, and is milder than sugar. If you are worried about your skin reacting to sugar’s abrasiveness, it could be omitted and coffee only used in its place.
Honey — This delicious sweetener helps in the struggle for a glowing, healthy complexion and can also help unclog pores.
Carrot Seed extract — This oil provides nourishment for skin.
Vitamin E essential oil — Vitamin E oil helps repair damage, so I use it in the hopes that it will lighten the scars on my skin.
What are your favourite body scrub recipes/brands? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂