Scrub Month: Week 4 – DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub…

For the final week of Scrub Month I am going to share my gentle coconut sugar scrub with you. This has made such a big difference to my dry, flaky, shit skin and it is so easy to make! I make this sugar scrub a bit different to the DIY ones you see on places like Pinterest and I’ll tell you why as we get making.

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Right, so first of all you will need to pop 3 tbls of coconut oil into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for around 10 seconds. I use extra virgin coconut oil because it suits my skin better and i like the coconutty smell. I never let the oil melt until it’s completely clear, just sort of cloudy and still slightly lumpy. This is because it can melt the sugar and then you end up with a rock solid crystallised lump, you won’t realise until you come to scrub your skin were it’ll feel like sandpaper and you’ll come out of the bath like a lobster with friction burns…can you tell I’ve made that mistake before?

The next step is to add 2 heaped tbls of sugar to the half melted coconut oil and give it a good mix until it looks like the picture below. I just use caster sugar from my cupboard but you can use brown or any type you want.

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I know it looks quite runny and different to normal DIY sugar scrubs and this is because I’ve adapted it to suit more sensitive, eczema prone skin. This scrub is a gentle exfoliator with more oil to add a tonne of moisture to the skin, whilst at the same time removing dead skin cells and smoothing everything out. This kind of exfoliator also enhances blood circulation, which increases collagen production. YES give me all the collagen, this is what us flaky eczema people need!!

That it! How simple was that! After I have mixed everything together I pour it into a pot and leave in the fridge to firm up. I’ll then leave it in the bathroom to use whenever I feel like it on my face, body or both! Loooveeeelllyyyy!

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The moooooon…

I hope this simple scrub gives relief to at least one person out there who has eczema, sensitive or dry skin. Please let me know your thoughts and tag me on Instagram if you try it out!

Scrub Month: Week 3 – Scrubee and Scrub Love review…

This week for Scrub Month I am reviewing two exfoliating products. My skin has been so dull lately so over the last couple of weeks I have been trying these products in the shower or bath to scrub my skin and hopefully put a bit of life back into it! The nice weather we are having here in the UK is making everything look shiny and new and I’m just over here looking like a dull potato…not anymore! I will be a smooth, glowing dolphin goddess! I WILL.

Anyway, before I get too carried away like usual, let’s get into the reviews.

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Ok so the first one is the Scrubee exfoliating bar from Lush. The main ingredients are cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, ground almonds and honey. Woah…this smells like an absolute dream and it is also in the shape of a cute little bee. For £6.95 you get a good palm sized bar that I think will last a while. I have used this quite a lot over the past couple of weeks and it’s still kept its bee shape relatively well. What I like most about this is that the bottom is a big chunk of just the butters without the ground almonds so after you’ve scrubbed you can use the underneath as an in shower moisturiser. This is great for easily damaged, eczema prone, sensitive skin. Winner! Love it! I want all the Scrubees in the world!

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So next up is the Scrub Love coffee exfoliator in Coconut Affair. The main ingredients for this scrub are roasted organic coffee grounds, organic coconut flakes, extra virgin coconut oil, baobab oil and coconut milk. Mmmmmmm an organic beachy dream. For £13.95 you get a 200g pouch, which to be honest is a bit expensive for me. At first I thought it was going to be a bit rough for my skin to handle but it was surprisingly soft and sort of melted into my skin a bit. The instructions are to wet the skin, scrub and leave to dry for 5 minutes. My skin couldn’t handle the drying part so I just left it on for around a minute and when I washed it off my skin was super soft, moisturised and flake free! It’s great! I don’t think I would use this exfoliator more than once a week, as my skin is still quite weak but I’ll defiantly keep trying. I was also really excited to receive another pouch in this months Birch Box!

What are your favourite exfoliators for sensitive skin?

Scrub Month: Week 2 – DIY yogurt face mask…

I have a serious love for face masks. When your face is allergic to literally everything it comes in to contact with, like mine, then it can be quite hard to find a shop bought face mask that won’t make you feel like you’ve just poured molten lava over your head. After years of trying every natural mask I could get my hands on without success, I finally gave up and started making my own and I’m going to share one of them with you!

This face mask is made with natural yogurt, honey and ground oats. This is perfect for when you are going through an eczema flare and the skin is quite irritable due to the healing properties in the ingredients (I’ll explain more later).

Ok, let gets making…

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First of all you will need to put 3 tbls of natural yogurt in a bowl. Then add 1 tbls of honey and 2 heaped tbls of ground oats (I just blitz rolled oats in the blender). After that give it all a good mix until it looks like the picture below.

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Thats it! How easy was that! Now slap it all over your face and neck and leave on for 10-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. You can even put this on other inflamed areas of the body if you need to. This recipe makes 2 face masks for me so after I’ve put the first one on, I will put the rest in an air tight container and leave in the fridge. It’ll save for around 5 days, perfect!

Ok, so now I’ll tell you why these ingredients are amazing for eczema prone skin that is in need of some love. Natural yogurt, honey and oats all moisturise and sooth inflamed skin. The honey and yogurt both have antibacterial and anti fungal properties, while the oats reduce itching. Honey is also packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the lactic acid in natural yogurt helps smooth and exfoliate. The ground oats also exfoliate whilst restoring the skin barrier and the coolness of the mask will cool any hot, red eczema patches right down.

I hope you love this mask as much as I do and if you do try it out for yourself then please let me know what you think!

Scrub Month: Week 1 – Exfoliating sensitive skin…

I have decided to dedicate the whole of June to being a scrubber. Not that kind of scrubber! The smooth, soft goddess kind, duuhhh! That’s right, exfoliating.

Exfoliating whilst having sensitive skin is kind of a weird topic. Some people recommend that you do it, some people tell you to stay completely clear and even thinking about it will bring you out in a rash! I think you should just do what you and your skin feel comfortable with. At the end of the day, no one knows your skin like you do. How wise did that sound!

Having a good scrub in the shower or bath can benefit your skin in so many ways. For example, it can minimise pores, make the skin glowing and healthy, allows better absorption of products (hello fellow eczema people), improve the skin texture, helps prevents spot breakouts, the list goes on and on.

I personally don’t exfoliate my skin every day, every week or some times every month. I can feel when I need to exfoliate though because my pores feel clogged and congested. My skin is almost extra itchy and I just feel like it needs a freshen up. I either use a shop bought exfoliator or I make my own and throughout Scrub Month I will be posting a couple of DIYs for you to try at home yourself.

Ok, so like I said before, exfoliating sensitive skin is a weird subject. There is so much information out there that it’s really hard to know where to start. First of all, go easy. If you have sensitive skin you need to be quite gentle when exfoliating because the skin can become irritated really easily and quickly. Maybe start off by dipping a damp muslin cloth into your exfoliator of choice and in circular motions gently buff the skin and apply more pressure if you feel your skin can handle it. It’s better to start off lightly and add pressure rather than go in fully scrubbing your skin down to the bone then wondering where you went wrong, we’ve all been there!

If you have ultra sensitive skin and you know your skin will not react well to any sort of exfoliating product then even a damp muslin cloth or konjac sponge can do a great job. Start slow, maybe do this once a week and after time bring it up to 3 times a week. Do whatever feels best and don’t rush it, it’s not worth the flare!

Since my skin has healed a lot over the past few months and become a lot thicker and more resilient, I have decided to try out two exfoliating products that I have picked up recently. The first product is Scrubee Body Butter from Lush and the second is Scrub Love – Invigorating Coffee Scrub in Coconut Affair. Both smell so amazing they make my mouth water. I’m not even ashamed. The plan is to use each of them once a week with my trusty Balm Balm muslin cloth and do a review at the end of the month.

I totally understand that scrubbing isn’t for everyone and some people are even a bit wary of it. But I want to help people realise that even with the most sensitive skin you can exfoliate is some way or another to really promote healing!