Natural Skin Cleanser

I had the luxury of getting a facial at my local spa the other day and it was heavenly! It made me realize that I need to stop wasting money on fast food and indulge in monthly massages/skin treatments — I mean, why not spend my money on something much better for my overall health and wellness?

Anyway, during the treatment, the lady applied a natural oatmeal masque/scrub to my skin. That’s the first time I’ve had oatmeal applied to my skin and she said that it drew out impurities from my pores and soothed the skin — so when I got home, of course the first thing I did was jump on Google to see how I could make it myself. I found these four great recipes for skincare, so I thought I would share. The two in particular I will be doing (though I will likely do all of them at one time or another) is the coffee scrub and oatmeal scrub.

Thanks to hubby’s job, there’s an endless supply of coffee in my house — so now I’ll be going through it even faster! Here’s what the She Knows page has to say about these two scrubs:

Spoon the ground coffee, against the grain.

Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production. Just as coffee stimulates our body in the morning, it can serve as a skin stimulant as well. To make the scrub, combine 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of water or olive oil. To make this inexpensive face scrub even more economical, save the wet coffee grounds from your brewed morning coffee and use those. If you use olive oil, skip applying a moisturizer afterward, as olive oil will leave your skin super-moisturized. As a side note, since coffee grinds can clog drains, apply the scrub and buff off the grounds over a plugged sink so that you can wipe them out or use a mesh drain strainer to catch them before they go down your pipes.

oatmeal face scrub

People who use oatmeal as a natural face scrub swear by it, and now I know why. Ground oatmeal not only serves as a wonderful exfoliant, but it also absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while leaving your skin nourished and hydrated. It has been known to soothe and heal everything from acne to sunburn to dry, flaky skin. Given its gentle nature, it is also ideal for those with sensitive skin. Combine 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, which boosts the face treatment’s exfoliating properties, and 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil to make it into a paste. Gently rub it onto you skin in circular motions, let sit for five to 10 minutes and rinse.

So, simple ingredients we all have around the kitchen and make for some great skin care cleansers — are you interested in trying these two scrub recipes?

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Finding momentum

I’m such a bad blogger — it’s been months since I even came here to put up a post. Sorry about that, I am hoping that my schedule of posts will help me stay more on track.

Another reason why I haven’t been too enthusiastic about writing is that there really hasn’t been anything worth sharing. I have been trying to get on the wagon now for a good while and it’s taking me more time than I wanted. I’ll do everything I need to do for a few days and then slowly stop doing it — before I know it, it’s two weeks of not tracking at all. Recently, I decided that I need to just track my points again. Just do it. So, I started tracking, getting back into the swing of drinking my water and even hitting the gym to finally try out some group classes. Here’s the result:

losses

 

Four losses in a row. Huh, that’s shocking.

So having the losses have been prompting me to keep going — keep tracking, making better choices and giving me a boost to visit the gym.

In case you haven’t seen me posting about it on Twitter, I made a Facebook page — you can find it here: Bikini Body Countdown. Come join me and we can support each other!

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