Coffee Homemade Body Scrub (under a fiver?!)

Hello Readers!

Cellulite, a word that many of us cringe at and absolutely despise and revert back to when we are in front of a mirror or worry about when we are on the beach or in less clothes and you think you are the only one who has it. But I am here to tell you that cellulite is present in about 90% of post-pubescent women, most common on the glute and thigh area. While cellulite is largely genetics, most forms are caused by a combination of poor circulation, fat pockets and down to female hormones. It can happen to anyone, no matter your shape, size or ethnicity. The way I see it, is that if 90% of women have cellulite, you shouldn't feel like you are in the minority if you have it.

The reason is simple, cellulite isn't something that you can get rid of. Its not an illness or anything other than being entirely normal. Its fat, normal, healthy fat. combined with normal healthy connective tissue. I have some thigh dimples - but you know what, I also have muscular, strong legs and I am comfortable showing them off, why should women feel they have to cover up themselves because of a few bumps?

The best way I can advise you to reducing your chances of cellulite appearing are exercising - its a must. Keeping good hydration is essential but treating the area consistently is your best bet. If you commit to doing a scrub 1-2 times per week to begin with (depending on your skin type) combined with exercise, better diet (low in sugar and process foods) and lots of water, but again I am not a scientist or beautician and cant promise results but I just know those tips have worked for me but it is still there. I want for you to focus on using this recipe as a treat and act of self love.

Below is one of the easiest beauty recipes I've ever made! If you are a regular coffee drinker or know someone who is (ground coffee) get them to save it and pop it into a bag / tub for you, it is like gold! This will not only save you time but save money.

After doing some research caffeine is deemed the holy grail of ingredients for overall improved skin tone. This is by improving the stimulation of blood flow to the skin which helps most skin conditions. It is also packed with antioxidants which are hugely beneficial to your skin and will help produce collagen.

So naturally, I decided to investigate with different scents and ideas of what would work. I am very much a girl who loves the natural beauty products. It is so easy to make, simple to apply and best of all, it is affordable compared to those costly treatments and scrubs, so we are on to a winner!

Please be aware, your bath / shower will most likely resemble to bottom of a coffee packet! But don't worry, a quick rinse and wipe it will clean up. 

What do you need?

1. Coffee Grinds (caffeinated and the fresher the better)

2. Coconut Sugar (brown if possible but normal should work the same)

3. Coconut Oil

*An optional extra is to add in some essential oils. I love using Lavender, Lemon or Vanilla.

Benefits of the Ingredients: 

1. Fresh coffee- The caffeine can aid the appearance of cellulite by stimulating blood flow, toning and tightening the area. The grinds are also rich in antioxidants (which aid in releasing toxins).

2. Sugar - This works well to get rid of any dead skin cells and reveal healthy glowy skin.

3. Coconut Oil - Hydrates, soothes and helps your skin absorb the caffeine.

Combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 cup of sugar to a bowl and mix in 1 cup of fresh caffeinated coffee grinds until it is all mixed together. You'll want this scrub to be extra grind-heavy, so if the consistency feels too watery just add more grinds. There are no exact measurements, so feel free to play around. 

Take into the bathroom (I highly suggest doing this in the bath / shower prior to turning the water on) and firmly rub into the selected areas using a circular scrubbing motion. If you find this too uncomfortable add a tiny amount of water to your skin. Continue for around 4-5 minutes (feel free to use on your whole body including your face but be careful around your eyes) take the time to really relax and enjoy your pamper session. Then rinse and pat dry.

Once you are dry feel free to apply some body oil or natural non-perfumed body cream to add moisture and sooth your skin even more and you will feel amazing! I would suggest keeping your scrub in the fridge to keep fresh for the next time.

I am also not saying that this is a magic remedy that will defiantly work for you but there is science there and it is a fantastic cheap beauty alternative (especially as no beauty salons are open at the moment). I do a fully body scrub once a week, maybe twice but will focus on my legs. If you feel you need to go more then that it is up to you. Just make sure that you don't go too hard on your skin and do replace the moisture in your skin with a body / face cream.
Have a great Easter Weekend Everyone!

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