With summer on it’s way, it’s time to wake skin up out of it’s winter hibernation! I’ve got just the DIY you’re going to need! This simple DIY is super effective in softening the skin and revving up blood flow-both vital for achieving smooth, healthy skin.
Did you know coffee wasn’t just for waking your brain up? When caffeine is used topically, it not only revs up circulation, it also has the ability to encourage excess water out of the top layers of skin. Plus, it’s granular texture is the perfect base a homemade scrub.
While many people believe that cellulite is caused by excess fat this is just not the case. While fat can contribute to cellulite there are other factors that cause the skin to have a dimpled appearance. The most common cause of cellulite is simply water retention. When fat cells hold onto water it can cause a bumpy texture on the surface of your skin.
You might be wondering if caffeine can even be absorbed through the skin and in my research I did find this answer to be yes-in fact, there is or was an actual caffeine patch much like a nicotine patch!
Causes of Cellulite
- Consuming too much processed food
- Water Retention
- Hormone Imbalance (estrogen dominant)
- Lack of exercise
- Not drinking enough water
Benefits of Caffeine on the Skin
- Anti Inflammatory
- Reduces puffiness
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite by dehydrating fatty cells
- Encourages blood flow
- Prevents and repair sun damage
- Reduces redness
- Restricts blood vessels which tightens skin
I chose to use sea salt over sugar because sea salt can be detoxifying plus it’s a boost of minerals for your skin. You could also use Pink Himalayan Salt for even more health benefits. I chose Sweet Almond Oil because it is extremely nourishing for your skin. You could also use coconut oil, olive oil, apricot seed oil etc. Grapefruit Essential Oil contains large amounts of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps break down cellulite. Lemon Essential Oil is uplifting and cleansing while also exfoliating the skin.
**Warning-I don’t recommend you use this before going out in the sun. Citrus oils can cause the skin to be extra sensitive to the sun.
Grapefruit & Coffee Body Scrub
Making a scrub is incredibly easy. I don’t have an exact recipe because it’s just so simple. I used equal portions of sea salt and ground coffee. I poured sweet almond oil over the mixture to get the consistency I wanted. Then I added about 30-40 drops of essential oil. I went on smell but I really wanted to add more grapefruit essential oil since it has been proven to be effective against cellulite.
I prefer to use this in the bath tub before I turn the water on. You can use a brush or just your hand. Work the scrub into your skin using circular movements. Once you have thoroughly covered your body continue on with your shower. This scrub can be used weekly.
Reviving your skin after a long, cold winter is easy! You’ll be summer ready in no time! Now if I could only find a natural sunless tanner that worked and didn’t stink! Anyone have any suggestions?