Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub for Winter Skin

I don't know about you, but I am so ready to see the end of this winter. Is it just me, or has this one been considerably worse than others? I think it's because these winter storms are getting their own names and this "polar vortex"  nonsense. I mean, we got snow in Charleston. That never happens. Gross. As I write this post, it is currently dreary and 45 degrees. Yuck.

Anyways, this prolonged winter weather has wreaked havoc on my skin, but especially my hands. I have eczema, which always worsens in the winter, as eczema tends to do. My cuticles are pretty out of shape and terrible too. So, today, I decided to whip up a quick scrub to show my sad, flaky skin a little TLC. It took three minutes to make. So easy.

At home/DIY scrubs are super easy to make and you likely have everything you need already in your kitchen cabinets. There's practically no excuse to spend money on body scrubs anymore. I prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs, but you can use either. I also like to use coconut oil, but olive oil works well too. 

You will need: 

1/3 c sugar (I prefer brown sugar, white granulated sugar works just fine too)
3 tbsp coconut oil
Lemon (or lime) zest
*Note: it's not advisable to add lemon juice to this little concoction. Citrus will find any tiny little cut or opening and make you wish you had not opened that lemon. Stick with just the zest (or don't, I just like the added scent)

Scrub ingredients

To make your scrub:
1. If your coconut oil is not soft and easy to stir, heat it up in five second increments in the microwave until it's soft.
2. Combine the sugar, coconut oil and lemon zest in a bowl and stir together until everything is incorporated. 
(That's it. Seriously). It should look like this. 

 Coconut sugar scrub. In two easy steps. Boom.

Take a big ol' dollop and scrub your hands to your heart's content. Or for about a minute. I like to rinse my hands off a little at this point and then keep scrubbing for a bit so it's all nice, and scrub-like. Rinse off completely. You know how to use a hand scrub. 
Now for the pampering.

My arsenal against dry, gross hands 

Next, I slathered my hands in my favorite creme from L'Occitane, Almond Milk Concentrate. This smells absolutely heavenly and makes skin so incredibly soft. It is also $49 for a 7 oz jar, so a sample every now and then has to suffice. I'm a maven on a budget.

Then I added a generous amount of Egyptian Magic to my cuticles. Have you ever used this stuff? Ah-may-zing. For absolutely everything. I slather it on my face every night and it has made a huuuuge difference in my dry skin. I'm hooked. It's a bit of an investment up front at $30 for a 4 oz jar, but it lasts forever. Trust me, totally worth every cent. I bought mine over a year ago and am halfway through it. I think I can (and will) do a post for this on it's own because it's that good. Because you need this in your life. Anywho....

Socks for gloves

Put some socks over your hands (or the fancy gloves that you get for this specific purpose. Again, I'm a maven on a budget, so I used a clean pair of socks) and relax for a while. I would suggest doing this after a bath and sleeping in them, ideally. That makes me feel too constricted, so I kept them on for about 45 minutes while watching Parks and Rec. My skin is soft and smooth and my ugly eczema patches are no longer angry and red and itchy. Hooray! 

Keep the rest of your scrub in an airtight container and enjoy whenever you need a little extra glow.

Now, winter, please kindly leave. And leave us alone. 

Loooove, Natalie 

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to try this! I always am looking for a way to soothe my poor dried hands during the winter! Thanks Natalie!