Remember that your skin is your largest organ and a very important organ of elimination, keeping it healthy is essential! Yesterday's post on a mask was a terrific way to keep it healthy while today's sugar scrub is a way to exfoliate and provide a moisture barrier to keep your skin hydrated. The coconut oil in this scrub also protects your skin with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral components!
After looking over my posts for the week I felt there was a little gap in the beauty routines, so today's post also includes a super simple, very effective and inexpensive way to treat your crowning glory - a wonderful moisturizing hair mask!
So in honor of Allison's birthday tomorrow, here's a way to join her in a whole body celebration using Real Food! Isn't it nice to know you can actually pronounce the ingredients?
I don't know about you, but I love a good sugar scrub!
My hands are so dry from all the things I do during the day,
and sugar scrubs have always helped them feel and be soft.
In the past I have bought them, and the last jar I had was pure luxury.
It was a June Jacobs Lemon Sugar Scrub that was a gift from the hubs and I loved it!
But for $60 a container, I just couldn't re-buy it!
So I thought, why can't I make my own?
This sugar scrub is pure heaven!
No chemicals, no fragrances, nothing that isn't natural.
Just sugar and pure coconut oil!
It smells incredible. And yes, I did taste it, it tastes amazing too! ;)
Granulated sugar (just the plain ol' stuff you already have in the pantry)
Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil (I used Nutiva - it is organic, unrefined, pure)
- Just use a 2:1 ratio of Sugar to Coconut Oil (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil)
- In a bowl mix the two together completely.
- Put into a container for use.
- Just rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry. They will feel soft as a baby's bum!
- Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands and feet. I would never use this on my face.
- Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
- Unrefined coconut oil smells out-of-this world amazing!
- I found the coconut oil in the organic foods aisle at the grocery store. (For the Canadian readers, I bought mine at SuperStore.)
You can find Jo-Anna at http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/2011/08/coconut-sugar-scrub.html
Hope you love it! Now on to the hair mask!
Once again, this is a simple 3 ingredient recipe. Hair masks are especially important if you live in a dry climate, color your hair or have grey hair. The cuticle on the hair shaft can become "ruffled" and create a dry, frizzy appearance. This mask hydrates the cuticle, leaving it sleek and smooth.
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons mashed avocado
In a small bowl thoroughly mix egg yolk, avocado and olive oil.
Apply evenly to clean, dry hair beginning with the ends and working toward the scalp. Cover with a plastic shower cap for 30-45 minutes before washing thoroughly.
Enjoy your day of beauty! It's only 1 more day until Allison's big birthday and she would love for us to join her in looking and feeling our best!