Thanks again to Michelle Pino - an expert from Skana spa of the New York resort Turning Stone - for sending over another great homemade recipe; a summer exfoliator that can be made easily in your kitchen.
The harsh heat and bright sunlight of the summer months can be very hard on the skin. Skin care is especially important during the summer months, and those who do not take skin care precautions during the summer may suffer consequences such as dry skin, sunburnt skin, and the appearance of the sunspots and wrinkles associated with ageing.
Regular exfoliation is an important part of maintaining healthy skin. Naturally exfoliation processes are not always enough for keeping dead skin from the surface of the skin, and they tend to slow down as we age. Adding some exfoliation procedures to your skin care regime can therefore be important in maintaining the optimal health and appearance of the skin.
While many commercial exfoliation products are available at pharmacies and in health and beauty departments, perhaps the most effective exfoliation practices involve natural, homemade preparations.
What You Need
1/4 cup of coffee grinds
One half cup of aloe vera gel
One half cup of coconut oil
First, the coffee grinds must be strained and the coconut oil must be melted. The coconut oil can then be poured over the grinds, and the coconut oil and grinds can then be mixed together. Add in the aloe vera before setting the mixture aside to set. You can mix it periodically as it sets, but this is not entirely necessary. The mixture can be used as an exfoliator as soon as it cools down.
This exfoliator should be applied in the shower, and you can use it all over your body. It is possible to use this mixture for exfoliation of the face, however the coffee grinds can be a little rough on sensitive areas. When rubbing in the exfoliator, pay particular attention to the elbows and feet.
After use, you will notice an increased smoothness in your skin. This mixture offers many advantages over commercial exfoliation preparation. It is entirely free of harsh chemicals, and it is made from all-natural ingredients. The coconut oil acts as a moisturizer for the skin, and the whole preparation can be mixed up within minutes. After one treatment your skin will be noticeably glowing and you will be ready for whatever this summer has in store for you!