Tuesday, 7 May 2019

DIY Coffee Chocolate Scrub Bar

I love to exfoliate my skin no matter what the season is.


If it is summer, the dry and hot season calls for scrubs that are nourishing yet gets rid of dry flaky dead skin cells. And, if it is winter then dry skin syndrome heightens and scrubs becomes even more essential.


Today I have a recipe that is so delicious smelling that you can almost eat it.


Actually you can ! Because all the ingredients are edible.


Edible ingredients also means active ingredients that really gets down to work and give you a nice smooth skin feel after every exfoliation.


I am a coffee person and it struck me to include it into my skincare. And BAM! Comes into picture my DIY Coffee Chocolate Scrub Bar for not just face but the whole body.
The benefits are:
  • Coffee has antioxidants and when applied directly onto skin, the skin cells improve.
  • Some studies tells that coffee protects the skin from harmful UV rays and other skin damages.
  • Coffee grounds are natural scrubbing agents that promotes good blood circulation as opposed to micro plastic beads that are used in commercial skincare products.
  • Coffee has the exact same effect when applied on skin as it has when taken internally. The aroma of coffee is invigorating and very stimulating to the senses, and fills one with energy.
  • Coffee reduces cellulite on skin. It also reduces puffy eyes,
  • Sugar is a humectant, meaning sugar attracts moisture from the environment into your skin and helps keep skin soft and hydrated.
  • Sugar is a natural glycolic acid, so it exfoliates dead skin cells.
  • Milk has lactic acid which is a great cleaning agent.
  • Milk has fats, so it is moisturizing the skin.
  • Milk itself is loaded with vitamins which treat dry skin, boosts collagen, fights dark spots, and repairs ageing tissues.
I have used a premix meant for making hot chocolate/chocolate drink. And the reason is that a premix is a mixture of sugar granules, cocoa and milk powder. This way I don't have to measure and add sugar, cocoa and milk powder later into the scrub.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup filter coffee granules
  2. 1/2 cup hot chocolate drink mix (alternatively use 1 tbsp. of each - sugar granules, milk powder and cocoa powder)
  3. 3/4 cup coconut oil

Method:

In a container add all the ingredients.
Mix well.
On dry skin, gently massage the scrub.
Most of the oil will be absorbed by your skin.
Now take some water on your palms and pat on your skin.
Continue massaging.
The water will begin to dissolve the sugar and milk. Thereby allowing milk's lactic acid to activate.
Now wash off the scrub.
You have the option to leave your skin as it is with a slick of oil. Or use a face wash right after scrubbing.

Storing & Usage Options:

Pour the mixture into small moulds and refrigerate. Take out when it solidifies and use the scrub bar in shower for one time usage.
Or
Pour the mixture into a container and leave it on your bathroom shelf. In colder months, the coconut oil will harden the scrub and in summer the scrub will remain soft and mushy. Ensure that you finish it off within 1-2 weeks.
Or
Pour the mixture into air-tight container and refrigerate. Whenever you feel like scrubbing face or body, scrap off the required amount and use. This is my most preferred way, as I am not contaminating the whole scrub with wet fingers each time and storing the scrub in cold temperatures.
 










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