As we welcome spring this year, things aren’t exactly as expected. We can’t head to the park or the beach with our friends just yet, with social distancing guidelines still in effect. You may have been dreaming all winter about shedding your heavy layers and slipping into a cute sundress and sandals. It’s disappointing, to say the least, that we have to stay home while the sun is shining but at some point, this will all be behind us!
Even though your goal isn’t to dress to impress right now, it’s important to take time for self-care. Something as simple as keeping a skincare routine can help you feel grounded and balanced. So why not whip up a few scrubs and moisturizers and have a little fun taking care of your skin? Treat yourself to these clean and simple recipes that you can make at home:
Honey Brown Sugar Facial Scrub
This dynamic duo is sure to give you glowing skin! Honey is a natural humectant, which means it helps to attract and lock in moisture. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that buffs away dead skin cells, so that your pores are clear and able to absorb moisture.
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp raw honey
Mix the brown sugar and honey together then, with clean fingertips, apply the scrub to your face using circular motions.
Use warm water and a washcloth to gently wash off.
Coffee Body Scrub
Reduce, reuse, recycle!After your morning brew, don’t throw out those coffee grinds. Recycle them into this invigorating body scrub that’s perfect for your morning shower.
2 tbsp coffee grounds
1 tbsp sweet almond oil (or any oil of your choosing)
Mix coffee grounds and oil together in a small bowl or jar.
Apply mixture all over your body and gently scrub in circular motions to exfoliate skin. Rinse off with warm water.
Simple Facial Moisturizer with Glycerin
Glycerin is non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog your pores) and helps to hydrate your skin by attracting moisture and sealing it in. Combined with jojoba oil, you can create a simple moisturizer for soft, smooth skin.
½ tsp vegetable glycerin
½ tsp jojoba oil
After cleansing your skin, mix ingredients together in clean hands, and apply to your face, neck, and décolletage.
After-Bath Body Oil
Post-shower or bath is primetime to moisturize your skin, when it's damp and ready to absorb moisture. An essential oil scented body oil is a sweet treat for your senses and perfect to apply.
4 oz. sweet almond oil
24 drops organic lavender essential oil
4 oz. glass bottle
In a glass bottle, add sweet almond oil and lavender. Replace cap/lid and shake until well blended.
After bathing, pour up to 1 tablespoon into the palm of the hand. Gently massage into damp skin until well-absorbed.
*Note: Essential oils should always be diluted to 1-2% for topical application. This means using a maximum of 15-20 drops of essential oil per 30 ml (1 oz.) carrier oil.
With these easy DIYs, you can turn your skincare routine into a fun activity to help pass the time. When life feels heavy or overwhelming, sticking with a daily ritual can help ground you and give you purpose. We recommend using these recipes as part of a daily or nightly ritual to fully reap the benefits of having a self-care routine. It may help you feel better knowing that you’re taking care of your body each day in this gentle and nourishing way.
SAFETY WARNING:Always conduct a patch test when trying new products, blending essential and carrier oils, or sampling new recipes for the first time.