I was approached recently by Michelle from Skana Spa in New York City for her to share with Southern Brunette readers an easy skin mask that you can do at home for the summertime!
"Nothing says spring like a cute sundress or a pair of shorts. However, many women are shocked to find that their skin is not in its best condition after a long winter under wraps. A body scrub and relaxation day at a spa sounds great but we know that time and money don’t always allow that. Luckily, there are ways to tighten up your skin and exfoliate using inexpensive ingredients that most women have in their pantry. Here is a homemade coffee scrub that will get your skin sundress-ready for just pennies.
What you need:
1 cup coffee grounds (I use the damp ones from my coffee machine that have already been brewed)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 to 1/4 cup oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil
Mix these together in a bowl. Use just enough oil to make a spreadable paste. Then, use a damp washcloth or your bare hands to lightly scrub the paste into your damp skin. Many women prefer to do this immediately after a shower, because they are already damp and undressed. Let the scrub sit for a minute or two and then rinse off with lukewarm or cool water. Then, pat your skin dry without rubbing too hard. Because the ingredients in this scrub are perishable over time, it should be prepared and used in the same day. This recipe makes just enough to cover all of your body, so there is no need for storage.
How does this simple homemade scrub work wonders for your skin? Caffeine is known to tighten skin and to help with common issues such as cellulite and stretch marks. This is why you don't want to rub too hard after you rinse; let the caffeine soak in and work its magic! In addition, the rough texture will remove dead skin cells that give your skin a dull or ashy appearance. The oil will nourish and protect your skin cells while giving your body a lovely moisturized appearance.
There are several reasons that women love this scrub. First, it is cheap. You simply cannot buy an effective exfoliant that costs this little. Second, it is completely natural. There are no chemicals or additives; you know exactly what ingredients you are putting on your body. Last, this coffee scrub is convenient. You can easily use it during nap-time or another quiet period in your home without needing a babysitter. There is no reason not to have springtime skin that you love!"
Michelle Pino has contributed this recipe based on the knowledge she has learned while working at Skana, one of New York’s finest spas. When Michelle isn’t working you will find her baking, crafting, reading a magazine or catching up on her favorite TV shows! If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Michelle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org