For the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with different oils and face scrubs and have found only a few to do my skin justice. My skin is easily prone to breakouts or dryness, which means I need something that won’t make my breakout worse, and will sooth any irritation (isn’t that basically all of us?).
Now I don’t sell essential oils, but after working at Trader Joe’s and seeing all of the oils they have to offer (and having lived with a few health nuts), I decided to give it a try when hearing all of their benefits.
The fun part of oils (at least for me) is pairing them with a scrub. There are plenty options available, and many of them are already in your house. Usually there will be no need to go to a grocery store to pick up a face scrub ingredient.
So after a process of experimentation, I’ve found some awesome combinations for facial and body scrubs. I decided to make a list of three so as to not overwhelm you with the awesome choices you have.
Quick Fact: The reason why scrubs are so great is that they get rid of the dead skin cells and dirt on your skin and open it up to absorbing the vitamins and nutrients that the ingredient in the face scrub have to offer
Pink Himalayan Salt
Pink Himalayan salt is packed with benefits for your skin. I know you’ve probably only heard of people using in their kitchen or as a nice piece on their table, but the pink salt does a lot more then flavor your food.
Being the most unrefined of the salts, it does a great job at relaxing the body, as well as cleansing your skin from bacteria. So what better way to end your long day (whether after work or school) than with an Himalayan salt face scrub?
It also helps to eliminate toxins from the body and helps retain fluid in the skin (which by the way, helps slow aging!).
Not Just Outer Health: If you’re not just interested in your skin health, you should also know that pink Himalayan salt can help your blood pressure, improve sleep, balance your pH levels, and boost energy levels.
Jojoba oil was one of the first oils I purchased and it continues to be one of my top favorites. It’s a great moisturizer that mimics the oils on your skin, which ends up making your skin produce less. This can help you if you have oily skin that gets quite a few breakouts.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help calm and sooth your skin. This is definitely an oil you want to put on as a night mask
As I mentioned above, when you use a face scrub, you take away all of the dirt and dead skin cells which ends up opening up your skin to absorb all of the nutrients that the ingredients have to offer. Well coffee has a ton of antioxidants, and when you scrub, it soaks all into the skin.
And what does coffee’s antioxidants do? They help fight against cancers and free radicals (these help age your skin, which is what we’re going against here).
Coffee also helps to tighten your skin because the caffeine in the coffee constricts blood vessels in your skin.
Oh! And did I mention that it reduces the appearance of cellulite? Yes, this face scrub (I mean body scrub) is definitely for many of us out there.
Honey already tastes great in coffee, but I had no idea that these two would make such a great face scrub together.
First off, honey has a natural bleaching effect, which helps fade scars from acne or anything else. And just like the coffee, it has antioxidants which reduce free radicals (you know, the stuff that ages skin).
Also, it helps to relieve inflammation, dark circles, and also has anti-bacterial properties which helps cleanse acne; three things we can definitely do without.
How You Should Apply
This can double as a scrub and a mask. So make sure to rub the coffee into your skin to exfoliate and then leave it on for 10-15 minutes (this second part is optional, but it’s the best way to soak in all of the nutrients and benefits that the honey has to offer).
I usually eat my oatmeal with butter and brown sugar, not put it on my skin. But as it turns out, oatmeal isn’t just something you eat for breakfast. It can actually help to fight against bacterial infections on your skin (which means less breakouts for you!).
It’s also a skin lightener, so if you suffer from scars and blotchy areas, you can apply an oatmeal scrub to make your tone more even and reduce darker spots. Definitely something you want to stock in your bathroom, not just your kitchen.
Now this stuff is great. Rosehip is high in vitamins A and E which are awesome for healing skin before it produces a scar (and after). Also, it’s high in fatty acids which means it helps promote the production of elastin and collagen. Both of those things are essential for your skin to look young and slow down aging.
How You Should Apply
Apply to facial skin in the morning to get rid of any dirt or bacteria that got onto your skin from your pillowcase.
Also, you can apply it to the rest of your skin in a shower so the rest of you can get some of those awesome benefits.
How You Should Apply
There are a couple of things you can do with oatmeal. The first is to put the desired amount in a food processor or quickly chop up into small pieces with a knife (not as difficult of a task as it sounds).
Whatever you choose, take a small amount of the oatmeal in your hands, put a few drops of jojoba oil onto it, rub between palms and fingers, and apply to face. Scrub and leave on as a mask (this is optional, but again, it helps your skin to absorb more of its benefits).
The Amount Needed for Each Face Scrub
I always go by a 1:2 ratio when measuring out the amount needed for each face scrub. So for instance, if you choose to do the coffee and honey scrub, you can use 1/4 cup of coffee and 1/2 cup of honey. You can make this smaller or double the amount, it’s all up to you!
With whatever you choose, just know that you can mix and match some of the options above. It can be fun to experiment and see what you like best and what’s best for your skin.
Now if you have any tips and advice on amazing oils and scrubs for your skin, let me know in the comments or email me! I’d love to hear what you have to say!
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Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.