Beauty Buzz: Skin Saviours

Lorna Lawless

Soft, baby smooth skin before applying a fresh layer of tan can sometimes cost a small fortune. We all want even, soft, subtle skin at all times, especially before tan, but sometimes this can be hard to achieve.

If you are scrubbing and moisturising on a daily basis it’s important to know what you are putting on your skin. Most products are full of unhealthy chemicals in order to preserve them for way longer than you actually need them. Sometimes the cost-effective and most efficient is a home remedy which is way easier to make than one might think. Home-made remedies seem to be a thing of the past, however, there is a reason older people in this generation age well and this is due to simple, natural but effective home-made remedies.

Exfoliators are either too gritty or not gritty enough and can cause breakouts sometimes. One that has been trialed and tested is a scrub with three ingredients. The base of this scrub is coconut oil which, as we all know, has multiple uses and being used as an exfoliator is just one of them. Coconut oil is extremely moisturising but also naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal so it will help clear up breakouts. So using a measurement of about two tablespoons of coconut oil this as a base, you then add one and a half tablespoons of sugar and add a squeeze of lemon juice. There is no need for any more than that because a small amount does your whole body. The best time to use it is in the shower before you even turn it on. It’s more effective without water. For the best results, use an exfoliator glove to help spread the product. When you’re finished wash it off. It will leave a glowing and soft skin texture. Coconut oil alone can be used as a fantastic body moisturiser.

If the sugar exfoliator doesn’t do it for you why not turn to another alternative. If you are a coffee drinker you could be getting more bang for your buck by making a coffee exfoliator. Once you have finished drinking the coffee from maybe a cafeteria, remove the granules from it and scoop them into a bowl. These used coffee granules are an amazing base for a scrub. If you add a squeeze of lemon to make it a fresher scent this is an ideal before-shower scrub. If you apply this scrub to your face and areas that suffer from cellulite the caffeine in the coffee has been proven to tighten and firm your skin. It has a cellulite reducing effect as well as leaving your skin glowing.

These exfoliators alone will leave your skin ready for a fresh layer of tan which will, in turn, give you the perfect glow going into this festive season.


Lorna Lawless

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