[As originally contributed to http://www.ThisFitsMe.com on 8/5/14]
While we are busy working out and eating healthy, let’s not neglect our skin. Eating clean, all-natural foods is a start to having a healthy body on the inside, but what about the outside? Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is able to absorb anything we put on it. Once I really understood that fact, I began to change my daily skincare regimen.
I went from using chemical-filled facial cleansers to making my own. I now use this really simple recipe to make facial scrub. Take one cup of unmelted virgin coconut oil and one cup of baking soda soda. Mix in a bowl with a fork until well combined and store in a glass mason jar. I use a very small amount (about a nickel size) every morning and every night. Coconut oil helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky. The baking soda is just the right amount of coarseness for removing the top layer of dead skin cells, without causing your sensitive facial skin to become red and irritated. (If you’ve never used coconut oil on your skin, try it on a small test area of the face to ensure you are not allergic.)
I used to put Vaseline on my skin to keep it moist and smooth, but when I realized that I was putting petroleum on my skin, which according to livestrong.com, the “side effects of petrolatum (petroleum jelly) include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne.” Um, no thanks! I recently switched to African shea butter after seeing a man shaving the shea butter out of a big shea nut with a huge knife. He was shaving the shea right into the container from which they were selling it. You can’t get any more natural than that! Needless to say, I bought a couple of containers of it on the spot.
Although I don’t drink coffee because the caffeine gives me a headache, I’ve found a great use for it. Once I began to notice the key ingredient in most cellulite-reducing lotions was caffeine, I decided to make my own caffeine scrub. Use half a cup of ground coffee, half a cup of raw sugar, one tablespoon of olive oil, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of sea salt. Throw the dry ingredients in the bowl first, topped with the oils. Mix well and store in a glass container (mason jar is best). Add more coffee or sugar, depending on the consistency you prefer. Among many other things, caffeine dehydrates fatty cells and minimizes the appearance of cellulite. Who wouldn’t want that!
Fitness and health only starts with diet and exercise. Give these all-natural products and try and see what a difference it makes in your skin.
Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.
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