Easy DIY Summer Glow Scrub
I am lucky enough to have grow up on the beach my entire life. With that comes a nice summer tan. Over several years and many sunburns I have created a scrub that helps avoid peeling, makes my tan long laster and look better!
I came up with this whenever I worked at a tanning salon in high school. This is where I learned that the key to keeping a tan is to exfoliate and moisturize. Over the years I have added a few ingredients here and there and finally found the perfect combo.
The best part about this scrub is that most of the ingredients are already in your home! With such a short list of ingredients it makes it a quick and easy make up and leaves you feeling SO SOFT and clean!
Summer Glow Scrub
- 1/2 cup ground coffee (dark blend if possible but any kind works)
- 2 tbs olive oil (can substitute coconut oil)
- 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 tbs baking soda
- 1/4 cup Himalayan salt (coarse sea salt works just fine)
It is pretty simple just mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and voila there you have it! If the consistency isn’t to your fancy, too runny or too thick, just add whatever counter ingredient it seems to be lacking (anything besides the lemon)! Bring it into your shower and rub it in a circular motion over your entire body and rinse!
It does make a little bit of a mess but nothing hard to clean up.
- After shower tip: Rather than wiping your self down with a towel softly pat your skin down with the towel to help lock in moisture and avoid any skin irritation.
Purpose Behind Each ingredient
- Coffee acts as a natural tanner which will help prolong your color. I learned about this my freshman year in high school when I started using Maui Babe Browning Lotion. This lotion is a great tanner that works fast and gives a nice golden tone! Besides coffee being a natural self tanner the grounds help with the exfoliation process and the caffeine helps prevent/decrease wrinkles!
- Olive oil is super moisturizing which will be locked in and help prevent your skin from peeling. It is still recommended you put a moisturizer on after the shower as well. I have always used the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Weightless After Sun Lotion, I just love the smell. always sets me up for a good summer after sun nap under some clean sheets. I did mention you can substitute for coconut oil! I just don’t because my skin tends to react a weird way with coconut oil.
- Lemon is know to be highly acidic and, yes, it BLEACHES your hair. The reason I recommend squeezing a little lemon juice (this is not an ingredient to go overboard with) is because it actually helps in reducing hair growth. So if you are planning to shave after using the scrub it will help with timing before hair begins to grow back. (Nothing drastic but still works in my mind)
- Baking Soda is a great cleanser. Some people wash their hair with it, some people wash their countertops. In this case we are washing our bodies. You can still use soap after the scrub, trust me it still works, but the baking soda just helps cleanse your pores as you exfoliate.
- Himalayan salt or coarse sea salt is there just to add a stronger, more coarse exfoliating element!