When you're in need of a gift in a pinch, this peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make. Peppermint-flavored candy canes go hand in hand with the holidays, so it makes total sense to use a few for a decadent sugar scrub. And the big plus is that no one will know that each jar's contents cost pennies to make. Upcycle a glass container, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous holiday gift that everyone will love.
When I shop for body scrubs, I like something with the serious exfoliating power — think sandpaper, but safer. Sugar and salt scrubs have the tendency to melt before you even get the opportunity to apply, but that's not an issue with the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37). The Indonesian coffee grounds give dry elbows and knees a heavy-duty scrub when applied to damp skin, so sensitive skin types should use with caution. While some body scrubs are submerged in oil, this one is mixed with a gel cleanser, meaning you can skip the body wash. Just don't expect a frothy lather, since this product is 100 percent vegetarian (meaning no sulfates). Warning: this scrub will make a mess in your shower, so be prepared to find brown granules in the tub for days. But the powerful exfoliation is only matched by an equally invigorating coffee scent, so you might just be able to skip your morning cup after your rub down.
While it's next to impossible to completely get rid of cellulite, there are a few things you can do to reduce its appearance. "I'm a huge fan of coffee grounds, and not just for your morning cup, but for your body as well," explains Jessica Kernochan, founder of eco beauty brand LaLicious. "The caffeine can help diminish the appearance of cellulite, and the coconut oil will hydrate and smooth your skin to perfection." In honor of Coffee Day today, why not whip up a batch of this skin-softening scrub?
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you've washed your hair and body, massage the scrub on wet skin and rinse with warm water. Your skin will be soft, hydrated, and ready to be bared in your favorite warm-weather ensembles.
Sexy skin for warmer weather? Sign us up. Body scrubs are essential during the Spring and Summer seasons, and we have a recipe that will leave skin soft, silky, and toned. The key ingredient is coffee grounds, which not only firm with caffeine, but help slough away rough spots. You'll love the presentation, too. On Kirbie: Bebe top.
We may still be dressed in Winter layers, but today marks the beginning of March, which means Spring is not too far off. Before it's even time to make that exciting wardrobe switch, though, it's time to get your skin in tip-top shape . . . from the neck down. Tocca Nourishing Body Scrub in Stella ($32) is the perfect way to indulge your skin with gentle sugar crystals to slough away the dull, dry skin that has accumulated over the Winter. Plus, olive, safflower and grape seed oils work to nourish and hydrate your skin, all while leaving a delicate trace of the warm, sexy scent of blood orange, sheer musk, and sandalwood combined.
When people bring up exfoliation, it's usually in reference to the teeny bikinis and bare legs of Summer. Since exfoliation smooths things out and your skin is most exposed in the warmer months, this seems only natural. But it's just as important to bring out your sloughing treatments in the colder months, too, even though you're covered in layers. Here's why:
- Exfoliation helps dry skin. Those dehydrated, cracked hands that plague you in the Winter are easily remedied by regular sloughing. Pick up a scrub specifically for your palms, like L'Occitane's One Minute Hand Scrub ($22) to gently remove dead skin cells and restore your hands to their pre-Winter glory.
- Exfoliation keeps your pores clear. One of the more important parts of your skin care regimen is exfoliating, and many women let this fall by the wayside when it's cold. But keeping up your scrubbing is essential to making sure your blemishes stay away and your pores keep clean. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Acne Treatment ($65) has the right ingredients to smooth away your blemishes.
- Exfoliation helps you absorb more moisture. Cold air sucks the moisture right out of your skin, but exfoliating away your dead cells makes your skin more accepting of lotions for warding off dryness. So scrub up, and then smooth on a moisturizer like Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($28). Your legs will be radiant with hydration.
Slathering on lotion is sometimes not enough to get your body feeling as soft and smooth as you might like. But when multitasking products, like Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Scrub ($25), enter the mix, achieving silky skin isn't just a pipe dream. The gritty texture is made to slough away dry, flaky patches from the neck down. Plus, this scrub is formulated with plenty of skin nourishment in the form of shea butter, and jojoba, sesame, olive, and lemon peel oils, so you can know your natural barrier is being fortified with an intense blast of moisture. Add to your shower routine a couple days a week, and your skin will show immediate results. So go ahead and bare those shoulders and legs in your holiday getup, because your skin will be worth showing off.
But if, like us, a trip to Willow Stream isn't in your immediate future, here's the next best thing: its Ener.G mineral body scrub ($45). The same salty slough-er used in the high-end spa treatments, it's infused with bergamot, clary sage, rose geranium, and chamomile oils. (Need we even say that it smells amazing?) What's most impressive, though, is the texture. It's completely devoid of even the slightest oiliness, yet skin is left soft and moisturized. We're dreaming of someday being spa regulars, but until then, this is the next best thing.
You don't need expensive creams, scrubs, or lotions to get skin that glows. The key is to exfoliate to help slough away dead skin cells. Luckily, it's easy to make a body scrub at home with ingredients you likely already have sitting in your kitchen. Check out our latest video to see how to make it, and get softened skin in an instant.