As much as I love being outdoors and soaking up the rays (with plenty of sunblock of course), I can't help but feel like my skin is already in need of some serious TLC this summer. The super hot, sunny and humid days are making my skin dry, irritated and oily all at the same time. If you're not already exfoliating your skin on a regular basis, it's really a must in helping to get rid of dead skin cells and maintaining healthy smooth skin. I wanted to make a scrub to help exfoliate my dry skin while giving it a boost of moisture.
Coconut oil works as a fantastic natural moisturizer (as well as cooking ingredient!). Look for extra virgin which hasn't been refined, hydrogenated, bleached or deodorized. I added in vitamin E oil (also fantastic when used topically on skin) for an extra punch of moisture - totally optional if you don't have it. You can also use sea salt but I opted for sugar as it's supposed to be a little less abrasive on your skin. Scrub away, then rinse off and your skin will feel like a million bucks.
One last added bonus - the mixture smells like an amazingly delicious coconut macaroon! MmmmMMMm.
- 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil (I used Trader Joe's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil)
- 2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
Mix all three ingredients together in a medium size bowl. A regular spoon will work, but mixing with your hands may be a bit easier since the coconut oil has a thick buttery consistency.
*For a stronger coconut scent, try finding coconut oil that is less refined. The more refined, the less coconut scent the oil will have.