3 Easy DIY Christmas Gift Body Scrubs!

Winter is here and our skin is prone to getting dried out from this cold weather!

This would be a perfect gift for a loved one or you could use on yourself as well!

If you decide to gift these scrubs, I’d recommend buying small mason jars and decorating with a nice ribboned bow!

8 oz Mason Jars

Here are the recipes below!

Ingredients Needed With Benefits Listed

-sea salt : exfoliant, stress reducer, detoxifier, increases circulation

-honey : antibacterial properties, slows down aging, antioxidant

-sugar : natural humectant, exfoliant

-coffee grounds : antioxidant,exfoliant, contains caffeine which’s tightens skin and reduces cellulite, reduces swelling and inflammation

-shea butter : promotes tissue cell regeneration and softening of skin, reduces wrinkles,

-olive oil : antioxidant, has antibacterial properties, and vitamin E

-coconut oil : antimicrobial and has healing properties

-tea tree oil : antibacterial, heals inflammation, removes odor

-peppermint essential oil : helps with odor, helps muscles relax

-lavender essential oil : provides deeps sense of relaxation, helps relieve aches and pains

1. Homemade Body Scrub

1/2 cup coarse sugar

1/4 cup sea salt

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons coconut oil (if allergic, substitute for olive oil)

5-10 drops peppermint essential oil

1/8 cup shea butter

Directions: place sea salt and sugar into a bowl and blend well with a spoon. Add coconut oil, honey, and Shea butter and blend well. Add drops of peppermint oil to mixture and blend one last time. Transfer mixture to small glass jar with a lid and label it. Store in the fridge to help preserve it.

To use: after you’ve cleansed your body, use fingers or washcloth to massage body scrub onto body for about 10-15 seconds. Rinse off scrub and pat dry to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft!

2. Homemade Foot Scrub

1 cup sea salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

5 drops tea tree oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil

8 drops lavender essential oil

Directions: place sea salt in bowl and add olive oil and coconut oil. Blend mixture with a fork. Add the essential oils and blend with other ingredients.

To use: place small amount in your hand with a spoon. Do this treatment in the shower or tub to avoid a mess! Leave Scrub on for 10-15 minutes and just relax! Once done, rinse with warm water then pat dry and follow with a moisturizer. Store mixture in refrigerator after use.

3. Homemade Lip Scrub

1/4 cup coffee grounds

1 cup honey

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil (if allergic do not add)

Directions: place coffee grounds into a bowl and blend with honey and olive oil and blend well with a fork.

To use: apply small amount with a soft toothbrush or washcloth to the lips. Gently massage in circular lotion, for about 20 seconds. Rinse and apply lip balm. Store in refrigerator to preserve mixture.

Try out these easy do-it-yourself body scrubs for smoother skin or turn into a gift for a loved one! 😊

Source: draxe.com

12 Tips To Keep Skin Soft And Glowing! 

It’s beginning to get colder sooner than later this Fall! This cold weather and dry air results in dry skin which we all are not a fan of! Here are some tips on how to keep skin soft and glowing during the cold months!

1. Wash In Lukewarm Water

Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.


2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards

Applying moisture to damp skin after showering/bathing helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle of mositurizer near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.

3. Choose Moisturizer Carefully

Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Try an oil-based rather than a water-based moisturizer. It’ll help your skin retain moisture in the winter. 

4. Protect

Wearing gloves and scarves is very helpful to protect skin from cold winds, rain, and snow. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun, so apply a safe option like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to any exposed areas.


5. Humidify

Heating systems can dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

6. Drink

We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like hot chocolate and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.


7. Overnight Moisturize

Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm at night, then wear cotton gloves and socks to seal in the moisture until morning.

8. Exfoliate

Moisture can’t penetrate the skin if dead skin cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months.

9. Avoid Toxins, Specifically Allergens and Irritants

Particularly if you have eczema dermatitis, or psoriasis, you have to avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoid irritating fabrics (like wool) and chemical-laden detergents, and use mild cleansers and moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.

10. Hydrate From The Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseeds to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

11. Change Your Cleanser

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture.

12. Use DIY Masks

Homemade hydrating masks can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste, and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.