don't throw away those used coffee ground after your morning brew, put them to to good use on your thighs.
Coffee sugar scrub recipes harness the power of caffeine to rid our trouble spots from cellulite. These exfoliating scrubs made from the coffee grounds will make your skin smoother as well. We also can't ignore the fact that as we massage the scrub into our skin, this stimulates the blood/lymph flow which is extremely healthy.
"Just as coffee acts as a mild diuretic when we drink it, the caffeine-rich grounds will draw water out of your fat cells, shrinking them so they are less noticeable," says Marta Wohrle of TruthInAging.com. Use these scrubs two or three times per week for maximum benefits. Results should be visible within a two weeks.
When using these sugar scrub recipes, it is recommended that you use either refined white or light brown sugar. They are mostly interchangeable. If you want a vegan scrub, stick to the brown sugar. Keep in mind that if you are using muscovado sugar, its softer than turbinado or demerara. This makes it gentler on your skin, but then doesn't exfoliate as well.
Refined White Sugar: The regular white sugar we are used to seeing and using. It can be purchased from any grocery store.
Light/Dark Brown Sugar: This sugar is 95 percent refined white sugar with a thin layer of added molasses.
Muscovado: This is an unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. You can find this at most health or natural food markets. If your regular grocer carries it, most likely it will be in the natural foods section.
Demerara: This is a type of sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color.
Turbinado: This a raw sugar. It is less processed than brown sugar and is made from the first pressing of sugar cane. It retains some of the natural molasses.
Baking Soda: Though not a sugar, if you want the lightest exfoliation, substitute the sugar for baking soda.
All sugar scrubs should be refrigerated once made. They should last up to 2 weeks if property stored. It is best to make small batches and use it fresh so mold or bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow.
Carrier liquids are as interchangeable as the sugar and salt options. Choose your carrier liquid or oil based on your own needs and skin type.
AVOID Baby Oil/Mineral Oil: Baby oil contains mineral oil. Mineral oil does not absorb into the skin and when evaporates, it will leave your skin feeling dryer than before. Also, mineral oil clogs your pores, making your skin look drab.
While sugar scrubs are made of small granules and are better suited for exfoliating sensitive areas like the face, salt scrubs are more abrasive with larger granules suitable for harsher scrubbing of callused skin like the feet and hands.
There are many salt varieties on the market today. It is only a matter of choosing your favorite. I like the most convenient salts that I can buy locally and pick up in bulk. Epsom salt is actually my favorite due to it's many beneficial properties and smaller price tag.
When I do choose to go with a bit more pricey salt, it usually has larger granules than I like for my homemade body scrub recipes. So I pop a couple handfuls in my Vita-Mix and grind them down as fine as I want.
Unlike sugar scrubs with a shorter shelf life, salt scrubs can last up to 6 months. Be aware that the salt and carrier liquid will most likely separate between uses. This is fine. Just stir it up again before each use.
Salt Works has a great page explaining the different types of salt available. Check out their Bath Salt Selection Guide.
The fragrance options are wide spread. My first choice is always a potent essential oil. But don't forget you can use common ingredients as well. Here is a list for you to peruse and see what you might already have in your own home.
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