DIY Coconut Sugar Lip Scrub

In the few years writing this blog, I've never made a lip scrub. I've made various other kinds of scrubs. I realized today I've been missing out, instead of having to exfoliate my whole body or face. It might take 30 seconds to just give a quick scrub to my lips and have them feeling better than before. And because of the coconut oil, I can skip chapstick and have healthier skin by taking care of it. Plus the skin on lips, much like the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and probably needs more special attention anyway. So, what I'm saying is you'll probably be seeing way more eye and lip care around here.

Coconut Oil: Saturated fats in coconut oil penetrate and prevent the loss of moisture throughout the day. These moisture retaining qualities not only keep your skin hydrated but less prone to cracking skin and wrinkles in the long run. 

Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is dehydrated coconut sap and is considered a raw food, according to PETA. It's also high in vitamin C, and electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, meaning that it can actually nourish skin. In addition to antioxidants and electrolytes it also has trace minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. 

I love that picture above. I was trying to mash it up in this tiny container before I finally wised up and but it in a bigger bowl, but I could help and notice how cute it looked before I did. And so, my favorite picture of the day was born. <3

I see a lot of scrubs made with equal parts oil to exfoliant, i.e. sugar and salt. Which is fine, but personally I prefer a less oily scrub, which is why I used three parts exfoliant (in this case sugar) and one part oil. For my recipe I went in quarter cups, but you can start with teaspoons or tablespoons if you'd like. For example, three tablespoons of coconut sugar and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Easy. 

Here's what you'll need:

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil - I recommend organic virgin coconut oil for skincare

 

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and blend together. 

To use place small amount of scrub on your finger and apply to damp, clean skin. 

Scrub focusing on dry areas and the corners of the mouth. 

Rinse well with warm water or a warm cloth to remove excess sugars and oils from your skin

Agave Oatmeal Moisturizing Face Mask

This mask might look a little more like breakfast than a face mask. Funny thing, it tastes a little like breakfast, too. It only has two ingredients, agave nectar and oatmeal. Oatmeal is one of my favorite skin care concoctions, it's moisturizing, calming, most people have it on hand, and its oil free, which is important to people who have dry skin that is also prone to acne. So, like most of my homemade beauty products, there's one isolated key ingredient in a food that makes its efficacy measurable. (I've been watching a little too much Bill Nye Saves the World.) That ingredient in oatmeal is, beta-glucan

"Beta-glucan has the unique properties of being able to form a fine film on your skin as well as being able to penetrate deep into the skin. Thus it provides a protective layer while also providing much needed deep moisturizing to your skin. It also enhances wound healing and shallow abrasions, and naturally stimulates collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin." Poppy Soap, Co. Blog 

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All of this to say, oatmeal is good for your skin, can encourage healing, and much like natural oils leaves a protective barrier on skin, making it less sensitive to environmental factors. 

Agave nectar's benefits are similar to those of honey being that it is a humectant, which means it seals in moisture, and has light exfoliating properties. This means, that it helps skin retain moisture while also helping to remove dead skin cells, without scrubbing. If you don't have any agave nectar on hand, you can always sub honey. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of oat flour or pulse a little bit of oatmeal in the blender 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar

Directions:

  • Mix both ingredients together.
  • Apply generously to clean skin with fingertips to face and neck. 
  • Leave on for 20-30 minutes, rinse with water and scrub gently for added exfoliating benefits. 

Ginger Chamomile Salt Scrub

I've been working with ginger more and more these days and the health benefits are innumerable. I think most people in the wellness world know it's good for all digestive issues, from nausea from motion sickness, all the way down to the most run of the mill stomach ache. And ginger is unique in the way that it is both stimulating and soothing at the same time. I think that's balance or maybe it's polarity. And while I mostly just like the way it smells, apparently it can also help combat patchy skin, and cellulite as well. I tend follow the motto that if it is good inside, it will also be good outside. This scrub is a little spicy. It's definitely stimulating when you put it directly on skin, which is just your circulating going, which I love and is good for the overall tone. 

I also choose to add chamomile because of it's calming benefits. Just seemed like a nice mix of scrub, stimulation, and nourishment right in one container. I really did get very soft, smooth and even toned skin from this scrub, but as far as I'm concerned all homemade scrubs are pretty much wonderful. You just add in ingredients based on what your needs and preferences are. And here is just one more idea to add to your collection of magical homemade beauty products for a rainy day, or as it were here in California, an entire rainy season. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil 
  • 4 chamomile tea bags - cut open
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger - grated 

Directions:

  • Add in all ingredients to a large bowl and blend with your hands, or a large spoon to distribute the oil evenly over the salt. You may need to microwave it for about 30 seconds to get the coconut oil to soften. 
  • To use: Scrub generously everywhere, focusing on rough spots. I used it on my face and neck also. Just scrub a little more gently over these areas, and you'll be fine. Rinse well, and moisturize to lock in the benefits.