BRIGHTENING BEAUTY SCRUB
My favourite beauty scrub. All natural with just three ingredients.
Did you know our skin absorbs almost 60% of what we put on it?!
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your beauty products? When I started looking into this I found it a little worrying, reading all the ingredients from the products in my bathroom cupboard and make up bag whilst thinking to myself "what actually are these"?
This research was triggered after seeing the results of an experiment on the BBCs Trust Me I'm A Doctor program. It really made me aware of what I was putting onto my body. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) for example, is a known skin irritant. Scarily, it's found in most products that we use, such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste and hand wash. It is even in aqueous cream, which was often prescribed for the treatment of eczema (until recently).
After I discovered all of this I made a conscious change to buy more natural, less chemical products. In the future I will share more with you about my fave natural beauty brands, as there are so many out there, and not all of the products do a great job!
Anyway, I came across this recipe on the internet and was impressed after trying it. I love that I can make this myself. It is so simple with just three ingredients: coconut oil, sugar and turmeric. I've been making and using this scrub for a couple of years, and use it weekly.
The coconut oil in this is lovely and moisturising, and combined with sugar as a gentle exfoliator your skin is left wonderfully soft afterwards. Coconut oil is fab as it doesn't clog your pores and it has anti-bacterial properties. I really notice that this brightens my skin and makes blemishes feel better. This is partly thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of the turmeric, which can help to reduce and heal acne scars. The spice has also been proven to speed up healing.
A little goes a long way, so I don't make much at a time. This lasts me a for a few months when I use it once a week on my face.
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp turmeric
If the coconut oil is not already a liquid, melt in a bowl (30 seconds in the microwave should do it).
Once melted add the turmeric and stir until combined.
Finally add the sugar a spoon at a time and stir until evenly mixed through.
Pour into a jar or container and leave to cool. Ideally you need a small-ish container. I have this perfect little glass dish with lid that I keep in the bathroom, but an old glass jar or plastic container will do just fine.
Depending on the room temperature this may or may not set. It doesn't really matter, you can use it either way as the coconut oil melts when it comes into contact with your warm skin.
Directions for use
Before we start:
First tip is to say be careful you don't get this on any white or light coloured towels etc. Turmeric stains! I use an old flannel when removing this scrub.
In some cases turmeric has been known to cause skin irritation in some people. As a precaution do a patch test by applying a small amount to your forearm. Wait 24–48 hours to check for any reaction before applying turmeric to your face.
Ok. After cleansing, apply a small amount to wet skin. As I said before, a little goes a long way, so just a scoop with your finger will be fine.
Rub in, working in circular motions.
Wash away with plenty of water and an old flannel. Rinse away well.
This can be applied all over, it is especially good on your hands and feet, although I mainly use it as a gentle facial exfoliator.