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Two All-Over One Ingredient Exfoliating Scrubs

- August 21, 2012

There is no better feeling than when you’ve taken a shower, washed your hair, exfoliated all your skin, and are as perfectly clean and new as you possibly can be. Both coffee grounds and oatmeal are fantastic one ingredient mild exfoliants, that can be used on the face and body.

Coffee grounds are an amazing wake-up scrub, the overwhelming smell of coffee is always invigorating. Use either fresh or used grounds, mixed with a bit of water to make a paste, and rub into the skin with circular motions. I use super cheap stuff that I buy specifically for this purpose. If you have very sensitive skin, olive oil or another oil can be used instead of water to soften the grounds. The caffeine in coffee is supposed to have amazing effects on the skin including reducing the redness and puffiness of skin and reducing cellulite (Source).

Oatmeal is also a great one-ingredient all over scrub. Just like with coffee ground, mix the oatmeal with a small amount of water and rub into the skin in circular motions. It’s more mild than coffee, in both smell, and texture. However it also has some great benefits. Oatmeal is so mild it should be safe even for the most sensitive of skins. It has anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin, and is a mild cleanser (Source). I love this one for before bed.

Both of these scrubs can be mixed with other ingredients to intensify their properties. Some common additions are olive oil, honey, and sugar. I like them plain, because I can store them in containers in the bathroom ready to go when I need them. As always, if you try one of these scrubs or have tried one or have anything else to say just leave a comment.

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