Temps are dropping and your skin is at risk for being overly dry, irritated, and itchy. If you saw my segment on Pix11, you know that there's hope! One of my tried and true tips for super soft, hydrated skin is exfoliating with my simple to make lip & body scrub. Remember to hydrate your lips and body after exfoliating.
Here's why you should make your own scrubs at home:
1. It's easy!
2. It's fun!
3. It's inexpensive!
4. They make great gifts, just get cute little mason jars, ribbons, and tags.
Elena's Brown Sugar Scrub For Lip & Body:
One Cup of Organic Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil (Softened)
1/4 Cup of Avocado Oil
2 Teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil
Mix until combined
* extras- you can experiment with add-ins like cinnamon, essential oils, or just use 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil if you wish.
How to apply to lips: Wet lips with water, take a small amount of the scrub and gently massage lips in a slow circular motion (it's ok to lick off a little, it's edible!).
How to apply to body: I stand on a towel outside of the shower and massage it into my body, then I go into the shower to rinse it off. It's less messy this way. Scrub from the neck down- GENTLY.
Store in a glass jar, for up to a month in the fridge- be careful in the tub/shower, it can get slippery!
Why I chose these ingredients:
Brown Sugar is a natural humectant so it absorbs moisture from the environment and deposits it into your skin. Hydrating and conditioning, brown sugar helps to keep the moisture locked in. It also guards your skin from destructive toxins and keeps it healthy, nourished and glowing.
Coconut Oil may be linked to some potential benefits for skin, including reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria.
Avocado Oil has beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E which help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism.
Sweet Almond Oil is chock full of Vitamin E and keeps your skin cells healthy, protects skin from UV radiation damage, and helps your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines. Fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and can heal chapped and irritated skin.
Stay hydrated and moisturized this Winter with this recipe and my tips seen on Pix11. For more beauty, lifestyle and travel tips, sign up for my newsletter ( I promise I don't email often), and please follow me on Instagram @elenaduquebeauty to see where I'll be next!
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