An invigorating body scrub will help to get your circulation moving, remove dry skin, and lift your spirits in the morning (or whenever you need a pick-me-up). Homemade body scrubs are better than store-bought ones, simply because they are inexpensive to make, and you know exactly what is in them. Here’s how to make my three favorites: coffee, peppermint, and honey-lemon.
Invigorating coffee all-over body scrub
Some people say coffee grounds can help reduce the appearance of cellulite; while I cannot attest to that, I do know that coffee makes an energizing body scrub. Mix together: one cup coffee grounds, one half cup white or brown sugar, and one cup coconut oil. After you have washed up in the shower, gently massage the coffee scrub into your skin, concentrating on dry areas. After you have dried off, moisturize with a good body lotion.
Invigorating peppermint hand & foot scrub
Peppermint energizes the body, and salt is an aggressive scrub for dry hands and feet. Mix together: two tablespoons olive oil (or your favorite oil), one cup salt, ten drops peppermint essential oil, and the contents of one peppermint tea bag. Rub the mixture into your hands and feet until they feel soft and smooth. Rinse well; the herbs from the peppermint tea like to cling. Dry your hands and feet, then use lotion to seal in the softness.
Invigorating honey & lemon facial scrub
Honey is a gentle, healing exfoliator that I have found to work wonders for the skin. Lemon adds a bit of invigorating zing to this facial scrub. Mix together: one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon honey, juice from half a lemon, and one half cup of sugar. Gently rub the mixture onto your face using a circular motion, then rinse and pat dry. Moisturize as usual.
Tip: Avoid using a scrub on any part of the body more than once a week; while exfoliating can be beneficial, too much scrubbing can cause damage to the skin.
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