I know I have been MIA lately. I think I took to many things on at once: started a YouTube channel, health and fitness coaching, building a business, blog, working, boyfriend wants time with me (and I want time with him too). Le sigh. But, you all know that life is hard so I don’t need to go into any more detail!
I love Instagram. I think it’s my favorite social media platform. I love it more than Facebook. I’m a visually stimulated person, so I think I like how I can just scroll through beautiful photos and be immersed in the world of a stranger in mere seconds. Well, so, I was doing that the other day and I came across a page I particularly liked and was drawn to @everblossom. It’s this lovely lady Kylie’s account, and she makes body products using natural ingredients like herbs, super foods and oils.
She posted this recipe for the scrub I’m sharing with you, which I was ecstatic about because it has three of my favorite foods in ONE body product.
Sugar and I have more of a love hate thing going on. I have an intense sweet tooth, but coming from a nutrition background in the 21st century in North America, I understand the dangers of sugar consumption. But when I am rubbing it on my skin as an exfoliant, no big deal!
COFFEE CACAO SUGAR SCRUB
- 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/3 cup organic cacao powder
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil
- 1/8 cup avocado oil
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Transfer to a clean, dry jar with a lid. I used a mason jar and it works just fine. Store in the fridge, not in the shower. Enjoy!
So what are the benefits of this luxurious scrub? Some studies have found that coffee grounds may have protective effects against skin aging and wrinkling due to sun exposure. Thank you antioxidants! It’s actually most effective if using spent coffee grounds, although I don’t recommend that due to the potential for bacteria growth in the presence of water. The caffeine in coffee may also temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite by dilating blood vessels, thus toning and tightening. Um, yes please! Gimme dat!
Chocolate is of course, also loaded with antioxidants. When consumed they help fight free radicals and increase skin moisture, protect against sun damage, and prevent blemishes. Benefits when applied topically? Not enough evidence to really say, but it sure can’t hurt.
The sugar (and the coffee grounds) act as an exfoliant, breaking up lose, dead skin cells on the surface and sloughing them off so that new beauties may emerge. Coconut and avocado oil are both wonderful moisturizers and both naturally antimicrobial and anti-fungal. They even act as a penetration enhancer, allowing the other components of the scrub to get past the initial layer of skin and work their magic.
PRO TIP: Lay a dirty towel down in your bathroom and apply the scrub to your dampened body pre-shower. Wipe most of it off before entering. Or, you can choose to exfoliate in the shower, just be sure to put mesh or something over the drain so you don’t clog it with the coffee grounds!
Happy creating + exfoliating!