diy exfoliator

Monday, July 15, 2013
Summer is a time of outdoor adventure and with the fun comes prolonged exposure to sweltering temperatures and sun rays, which have damaging effects on your skin.  
We all know that too much sun causes wrinkles and other signs of aging, but high temperatures can also compromise your skin’s health. 

Excessive sweating increases oiliness in skin causing more breakouts. 
Sweat, dirt and grime clog sweat ducts creating heat rashes.
Long bouts of swimming wash away essential oils in the skin exasperating problems such as eczema. 
Proper skin care, such as exfoliation, can help maintain the health of your skin.

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 Here is an easy, all natural recipe for a DIY exfoliator from the experts at Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone.

What You Need
- 1/4 cup coffee grounds (either from a coffee pot or french press)
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/2 cup coconut oil

Coffee grounds need to be strained, though not completely dry. 
Melt the coconut oil, pour it over the coffee grounds and stir with a spoon. 
Add aloe vera gel and allow to set, either in the refrigerator or at room temperature. 
The coffee grounds will settle towards the bottom and you can stir occasionally if a mixed consistency is desired. 
You can use this before it is finished setting as long as it isn’t hot!
Apply in the shower to the whole body with special attention to rough skin areas, such as elbows and feet, as well as areas prone to cellulite, like thighs, belly and backside, for a firming effect.

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Gently scrub using circular motions moving towards your heart for a few minutes, then rinse with cool water.  Pat skin dry with a towel. 
This may be too harsh to use on your face but if you wish to do so, scrub very gently and use only once or twice a week.

The beauty of this exfoliator is that it is natural and chemical free. It revitalizes your skin, leaving it smooth and refreshed. Aloe vera and coconut oils are excellent moisturizers that sooth dry, flaky, and burned skin. Aloe vera is also known to treat acne, especially in those with oily skin. The recipe is super easy to make and will protect your skin while you enjoy the summer.





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4 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing this diy treatment. I'm always on the look-out for new and natural treatments, xoxo.

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  2. I feel like if you were to store this recipe in a jar, it would have to be a shallow one because coconut oil is solid at room temp/in colder temp, meaning if the jar is a tall one, you'd probably never get the coffee grounds at the bottom, haha.

    May or may not be just a heads up!

    Still, I'll be adding this on my to-try list :D
    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry | Makeup & Silly things

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    1. Oooh, good idea! Thank you haha :)

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