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3 beauty boosting scrubs you can make in your kitchen!

3 beauty boosting scrubs you can make in your kitchen!

With most of us staying at home, due to the corona virus, I thought I’d share some fun skincare recipes. They will have a HUGE benefit to your skin, and you can make them out of everyday food items.

This is a fun activity you can do with the kids, flatmates or just something you can do for you. I am loving making my own skincare treatments at the moment and my skin feels incredible. It’s great knowing exactly what I’m putting onto my skin as skincare products can be filled with such junk. Just because you can’t get to your beauty appointments doesn’t mean you can’t look after yourself and look bloody gorgeous.

Regular exfoliation is essential for all skin types, but why?

  • It removes dead skin cells meaning you will get smoother more radiant skin. Also, it means your other products will be able to work more efficiently.
  • Exfoliating unblocks pores, helping with breakouts and blackheads
  • It Improves skins texture
  • And helps with signs of ageing

So, if you’re not exfoliating already, it’s well worth introducing it into your routine. Now to the good bit… The recipes.

These are my 3 absolute favourite DIY facial scrubs. All 3 are suitable for you to use. Although, if you have very sensitive skin, I recommend just using the final recipe. It is important to try to use the best quality ingredients if you can. Obviously, getting our shopping isn’t the simplest task at the moment so just work with what you’ve got. If you’re missing an ingredient drop me a message and we can see what we can swap it for.

I’ve added the benefits of each ingredient, just in case you think I’m randomly raiding my cupboards. I would always do a patch test first, just to be sure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients. As unlikely as it is, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Home Made Coffee Face Scrub

Coffee and sugar scrub for normal skin

This will leave your skin glowing and nourished – My top mask to use.

What you’ll need

Coffee

  • Increases circulation
  • Antioxidants
  • Skin brightening
  • Helps to tighten skin

Brown sugar

  • Humectant – takes moisture from the air and locks it in skin
  • Tightens skins and helps reduce scars
  • Can help with breakouts

Grapeseed oil – can use olive/coconut oil if very dry

  • Contains antioxidants
  • Helps reduce acne / breakouts
  • Improves skins moisture
  • Evens out skin tone

How to make it

2 tablespoons finely ground coffee – instant is fine just make sure you put it in a food processor first
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive / melted coconut oil for very dry skin

Mix all together in a bowl. Store in a clean jar.

How to use

Use 1-2 times a week. Massage into damp skin for 2-5 mins. Wash off with flannel and warm water. This is so gorgeous to use, it almost feels like its melting into your skin. Ground coffee will be a little more abrasive than instant coffee granules as they will dissolve, like the sugar. If your skin is feeling dull, leave this on for 10 mins. The coffee will really help to brighten your skin. Use this mask 2 times per week.

Deep cleansing face scrub

Oily skin? Prone to breakouts? Or just wanting a deep clean? This is a great scrub to help purify and heal the skin as well as leaving you feeling smooth and hydrated.

What you’ll need

Sea salt or pink salt

  • Removes toxins
  • Full of minerals
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Helps minimise pores

Lemon juice

  • Brightens skin
  • Helps with blackheads
  • Helps with blemishes
  • Can reduce excess oil

Honey

  • Humectant – attracts moisture from the air
  • Antibacterial
  • Full of Antioxidants
  • Skin Healing

How to make it

1 tablespoon ground sea salt
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey

Finely grind the sea salt so it’s not too abrasive. Mix in the honey and lemon juice. If it feels too thick add a little water to loosen it.

How to use

Massage into damp skin for 2-5 mins. Use this regularly to help heal and clear your skin without drying and unbalancing it, like many shop-bought ones can. Scrub gently, then wash off with warm water and a flannel. You can always leave it on your skin for 15 mins as a deep cleansing mask after exfoliating. (But do not leave this on and go into the sun). Use this mask once a week or once every 4 days.

Oat, honey and yoghurt face scrub

Oat, honey and yoghurt for Very dry sensitive skin

This is a beautiful, soothing and nourishing scrub that will leave you with a feeling of instant comfort. However, you will have to make it fresh. If it is stored correctly in the fridge, it should be good for 2 uses in a week.

What you’ll need

Plain Yoghurt

  • Moisturising
  • Soothes skin
  • Fights breakouts
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Boosts complexion

Honey

  • Humectant – attracts moisture from the air
  • Antibacterial
  • Full of Antioxidants
  • Skin Healing

Oatmeal

  • soothing for skin
  • Contains lipids to hydrate
  • Gentle buffing effect to remove dead skin
  • Contains zinc which reduces inflammation

How to make it

2 teaspoon finely ground oats
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon of yoghurt

Place your oats in a processor and gently pulse to create a finer texture. Then mix in the yoghurt and honey. Leave for 10 mins before using to make sure the oats have softened.

How to use

Gently massage this in for 2-5 mins then wash off with warm water and a flannel. Again, you can leave this on for 15-20 mins as a soothing mask. This is works wonders for winter damaged skin or as an after sun!

After you’ve exfoliated follow with your usual toner then moisturiser.

All three of these scrubs will leave your skin glowing and gorgeous. Not only that, but they are super easy to make and inexpensive too. Once you’ve got the idea of what works well on your skin, have a play around with the ingredients. There are so many options, this is just a starting point for you to try. It may seem a little odd at first, using food on your skin. But if its good enough for you to eat, it’s good enough for your skin. And trust me, you’ll be glad you tried them.

Things are hard for us all at the moment. Hopefully, this will be a fun distraction to get you back into self-care and putting that time aside for you!

Remember

Stay healthy
And
Keep glowing
Amy Kiss

Amy Walter

Working mum of two, Amy Walter has previously worked in Selfridges and the Urban Retreat Spa in Harrods. Specialising in Facials, Massage and Waxing, Amy set up her home beauty salon, KA Beauty, in Billingshurst, West Sussex. She has called upon her extensive experience in beauty therapy to create a range of luxurious and exclusive face and body treatments.