IMG_0507So a few weeks ago, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing massage. I went to a little spa that just opened up down the road from my apartment. The place was great, and my masseuse was amazing! But a few days later I started to notice a major breakout on my back (gross!)! Now I can’t be sure, but I am going to assume that my sensitive skin reacted to the massage oil and caused this awful breakout! So as I am frantically Googling ways to get rid of it I noticed that a lot of people recommended a mild exfoliator. Because I live in Guatemala, finding good natural beauty products can be a bit tricky, so I decided to make my own using local ingredients that I trust!

Ingredients:

–       ½ cup of coffee grounds

–       ½ cup of sugar (preferably organic cane sugar)

–       ¼ cup of coconut oil

–       1 teaspoon of cinnamon

–       4-5 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)

Coffee: Coffee is one of Guatemala’s biggest crops, and it’s affordable and so easy to get! So because of its coarse texture I decided to use it in my body scrub. Coffee is rich in antioxidants, making it a great anti-inflammatory ingredient. It contains caffeine (obviously), which draws out excess moisture from your skin making it look and feel soft and firm. The coffee in this scrub acts as a mild exfoliator.

Sugar: I used local organic cane sugar, which has a very coarse texture so this ingredient acts as the main exfoliator in the scrub.

Coconut Oil: If you haven’t already discovered this wonderful natural beauty ingredient then you MUST give it a try. I use coconut oil as a daily moisturizer for my face and body. It is incredibly moisturizing and has tons of vitamins and minerals. It even has a little bit of sun protection too, so it’s great to use as your daily moisturizer before heading out for the day. In this scrub, the coconut oil is used as a binder, but because it is so moisturizing, it is also used to keep your skin from drying out.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a great anti-bacterial ingredient, so it is used in this scrub to remove excess bacteria from your skin.

Tea Tree Oil: This is an optional ingredient. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, so if like me you have problems with breakouts, this ingredient is great for fighting blemishes.

To make the scrub, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Because most coconut oils are solid, gently heat it until it is melted. I usually just use a makeshift double broiler. Be sure to wait a few minutes to let it cool before adding it to the scrub. You don’t want it to be so hot that it melts the coffee and sugar! Once mixed, store your scrub in an airtight container (I used a small mason jar), and enjoy!

After using the scrub, I was shocked at the results. I noticed that the redness of the blemishes had gone down, and most of them had dried up and disappeared entirely! I now use this scrub regularly to keep my skin looking and feeling healthy! I hope you all have similar results! Happy scrubbing 🙂

xoxo, Molly