Those of you who have read my about page, must be aware that I have spent lots of my childhood days rummaging in the kitchen and coming up with weird recipes to paint my face with. Some were scary enough to look at. Think blue coloured face mask that smelled of eggs..LOL.. Onething I can not help myself from admitting is, that my MOM would always encourage me to overcome the feeling of failure when I was done with my “experimentation.” She would join me in applying the face packs and scrubs and surprisingly, we would end up having quite smooth, glowy skin. Don’t ask what the ingredients were, because I do not remember any.
Well, gone have the days of childhood and innocence and here are the days of adulthood, responsiblities and most importantly, “sensible skincare”.
Today, I will discussing two of the scrubs that I am using back and forth depending on my skin and mood. Exfoliants are very essential for every skincare routine. Their primary function is to slough off the dead skin cells that regular cleansing can not provide. Excess sebum on the skin’s surface, dead skin cells, uneven skin tone, rough texture can all be taken care of with the right kind of exfoliants. While, I am a big fan of chemical exfoliants, I still love the whole gritty scrubs gently polishing the surface leaving the skin smooth, bright and awake immediatedly.
The first physical exfoliant is a recent purchase from The Body Shop.. Yes, I know I have been talking a lot about The Body Shop products. I swear I wasn’t always into this brand. It’s just a coincidence that I am using their products altogether currently. If this is boring you all, then I am extremely apologetic.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub -250ML 24USD/15£/1295INR
The very first thought I had when I opened the lid was, is this a gel cleanser with beads like the morning energy face washes from clean and clear. I was not very sure of buying this, but when I tried it in the store and the immediate cooling sensation it gave with smooth, polished skin yet being not at all greasy, I was sold!
It has real green tea extract with glycerin and honey. So, it’s predictable that the scrub will work for all skin types. The texture as you can see is mostly gel with minute soft beads that do not feel harsh at all. It has a very fresh scent that is not exactly citrusy, but reminds me of day spa in Maldives. I use it every other day only on hands and feet since it’s not that purse friendly if used on entire body. If you are looking for a hydrating and gentle scrub, that has a scent very suitable for warmer months, then I highly recommend trying this one out.
Tropical Laguna Scrub
The second one is one of my all time favourites, especially during summers. Please don’t mind the attemptive sophisticated name.LOL.. I was day dreaming about my Caribbean island vacation while naming this scrub. However, the scent of this heavenly scrub will take you back into the summery tropical scents.
The ingredients are;
1 tablespoon of roughly grounds oats
1 tablespoon of demerera or white sugar( I used a mixture of both)
zest of 1 lime or lemon
1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil
2-3 drops of orange essential oil
Combine everything and use within two days. For today’s post, the amounts used are for a facial scrub. I love this one to use on body even more since my facial skin does not tolerate regular use of citrus essential oils.
For a whole body scrub I use;
1 1/2 cups of brown or caster sugar
1 cup of roughly ground oats
1- 1 1/4 cups of raw coconut oil
zest of 5 limes or lemons
15 drops of orange essential oil
If I want to store for a week or so making a bigger batch, I add few drops of vitamin E and geranium oil. I also let the zest of lime to dry before adding to the scrub as there is are lesser chances of rapid bacteria growth.
Tip– Always use sterilised dry glass containers and do not dip wet fingers while using the scrub.
The initial scent is definitely going to remind you of body products that are sold especially in summer under the collection of carribean, tropical scents. The sugar works as an effective exfoliant without being harsh and the oats and coconut oil moisturise and soothe the skin simultaneously. Since, it is not a very harsh scrub, it works for everyone. It leaves the skin feeling extremely smooth and soft with a lingering zesty sweet scent.
NOTE: If using during the day time before going out, I strongly recommend following up with a sunscreen due to the presence of essential oils.
These are my favourite scrubs for this summer. I hope you guys enjoyed reading today’s post and please follow if you do.