DIY Thursday: Strawberry Coconut Scrub
Not the prettiest scrub, but the results are AMAZING! Use it on arms and legs before baring your skin for more radiance!
A thin consistency works the best and retains the most benefits from the ingredients
I applied this to my hand to show you the glow. Skin will be left radiant and silky smooth.
The perfect summer scrub. The fragrant blend of fresh, ripe berries mixed with the true coconut aroma found in virgin coconut oil makes this a delicious-smelling scrub. It's made with 100% natural ingredients (you could even eat it, I suppose).
About the chosen ingredients:
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits to use in skin care. Not only does the fruit of the berry contain more vitamin C than oranges, the leaves alone contain 4 times as much vitamin C! Strawberries also contain salicylic acid, also know as beta hydroxy acid, which is oil-soluble, meaning it can penetrate into the pores and help "de-gunk".
Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the most underrated natural oils out there. I much prefer VCO to the finest shea butters. Aside from the intixicating coconut aroma (I love the smell of coconut), its skin benefits are endless.
While everyone's skin is different and your results may vary, VCO can be used to treat the most chapped, dehydrated skin to oily and acne prone skin. The saturated fat in VCO is composed of medium-chained fatty acids. The healing properties of coconut oil are quite amazing, actually.
VCO has nearly cured my Keratosis Pilaris (those pesky red bumps on the back of the arms that resemble a rash), and it keeps my skin soft and radiant. I use VCO on my arms, legs, decollete and feet every night before bed. I also put it in my hair.
VCO has been shown to be helpful when it comes to treating other conditions as well, particularly Candida. It is anti-fungal and antibacterial.
Did I mention the smell?
You can find high quality Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs and The Herbarie. You should also be able to find it at larger natural foods stores.
Please note that you'll sometimes see a label of "extra virgin" like you will with olive oil, but there really is no such thing.
Sunflower Oil is chock full of vitamins A, C, D, and E. It is highly protective. It has also been shown to fight bacteria, which makes this a wonderful oil for acne, and why I believe this is ideal for all skin types.
Turbinado Sugar is a nice scrubby sugar. It retains all of the benefits of the natural sugarcane juice. Sugarcane juice contains iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
This is one of those recipes you can eyeball when it comes to measurements. It is very forgiving and you don't need to be precise.
I usually make a single 2 ounce jar at a time and use it in one application.
You will need:
1 strawberry, leaves removed
1 t. coconut oil
Up to 1/2 t. sunflower oil
1-2 T. turbinado sugar or brown sugar
In a small chopper or food processer, puree the berry and coconut oil. Pour into a small mixing bowl.
Now stir in a very small amount of sunflower oil. Stir in desired amount of sugar. Some people like a really thick scrub. I find, though, that with this recipe a very thin and liquidy scrub works best (remember the thick coconut oil will liquify).
Even though it will look pretty liquidy, it will retain the scrubbiness. Use on hands, arms, legs, feet, etc.
This is summer time and fruit flies and ants LOVE recipes like this. If you have any left over (use within a couple days max, even when kept in the fridge), COVER it and keep in the fridge. Rinse your skin well and the tub.
When you're done using this product--my FAVORITE homemade sugar scrub--your skin will smell like fresh coconut & berries!