DIY: Mocha Sugar Body Scrub
The cold winter months can be hard on your skin. The dry ambient air combined with a slowed cell turnover process can lead to the accumulation of dead cells and a dry ashen appearance to your skin. The typical solution is to load up on heavier creams to compensate, but without removing that dead skin layer, your efforts will be in vain. So, here is a simple homemade solution. This skin scrub contains coffee, cocoa powder, white granulated sugar, grape seed oil and essential oil. Before we get to the recipe, let’s check out the benefits of some of the main ingredients.
Benefits of Coffee for Your Skin
The addition of coffee grinds to the recipe will give your skin a natural caffeine boost. Caffeine penetrates your skin and the result is an increase in blood flow and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine is known to prevent the excessive accumulation of fat in cells when it is applied to your skin consistently. And the smell is sure to perk you up!
Why Use Sugar?
Sugar works well in this scrub because it is mildly abrasive, and it dissolves readily in water. It's also a natural humectant meaning that it helps your body retain moisture. Contrast this to a salt scrub which is a stronger abrasive and can overall be more drying to your skin. This recipe calls for white sugar. If you wish to use it on your face, choose brown sugar instead as it is softer in texture.
Chocolate and Skin Health
Chocolate is another fascinating ingredient for skin. It’s a potent natural antioxidant and it has been shown to help correct skin damage from the sun. It also increases blood flow to your skin which increases nutrients and removes toxins. It can be used topically to prevent and treat skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis and it encourages speedy wound healing.
Benefits of Regular Exfoliation
Exfoliation with a body scrub a few times a week should bring out a brighter, smoother skin texture. You may also notice less blemishes and a decrease in skin hyperpigmentation. It may enhance circulation especially if you have poor circulation in your hands and feet. Any moisturizer you choose to apply after using a body scrub will now do a better job of hydrating your skin.
Without further ado, here is the recipe.
Mocha Sugar Body Scrub
1 cup of white sugar
¼ cup ground coffee (can be used or fresh)
¼ cup dark chocolate/cocoa powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp peppermint essential oil (you can also use essential oil of cinnamon, vanilla or another oil of your choice)
½ cup of grapeseed oil
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the essential oil and whisk in the grapeseed oil until all the ingredients are well combined. Store in an airtight container – A glass jar is best.
This should take 5 minutes – tops!
How to Apply it
Once in the shower, apply a generous amount of the scrub to wet skin using a circular motion. Rinse well with warm water and if desired, use a washcloth to take off any excess oils before getting out of the shower. You may not need to moisturize after using this scrub.
I don’t recommend using this scrub on your face (unless you choose brown sugar instead of white) and be sure to patch test, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Remember not to apply too much pressure when using the scrub. Just let the fine granules of the key ingredients do the work for you. Applying extra force can lead to micro tears in your skin which is not desired. Use gentle strokes and focus on the areas of your body that you’re more concerned with. For most people this includes elbows, underarms, knees and feet.
Another caution note is to be careful in the shower while exfoliating because your shower floor has the potential to become slippery due to the oil. And avoid using the scrub on the soles of your feet in the shower for the same reason.
A Great Gift Idea
A bonus is that this DIY scrub can be packaged in mini mason jars with ribbon for a beautiful DIY gift.
~Dr. Olivia Rose ND