Natural Homemade Body & Skin Scrub for the Busy Jakartan

There is no need to run around in Jakarta traffic to get a facial or body scrub—whip these natural and effective face and body scrubs with ingredients found in your kitchen.

Admit it ladies, beauty is important for us! However, after heading to many spas and beauty salons in Jakarta, I sometimes find myself wondering about the quality of the scrubs and masks that are being used to on our skin, especially for our face. I have since decided to make my own scrubs using ingredients that I can find in my kitchen. In this way, I know what goes into my skin products, plus the money that I would have spent outside on facials and body scrubs can be saved for other things instead.

Here are some of my favorite DIY organic scrubs that are easy to make, budget friendly, and safe to use even for sensitive skin.

Coffee Body Scrubs
Coffee helps tighten the skin and may also help with improving the appearance of cellulite. This is a gentle scrub that you can use as often as you want. It is also the easiest scrub to make, and it is okay to put some sugar in it unlike your daily morning coffee.

All you need to 1 cup of coffee grounds; any coffee will work but do not use instant coffee as the particles are too small, and you need large particles to make an effective scrub. In a bowl, mix the coffee grounds with three tablespoons of sugar and sixe tablespoons of organic coconut oil.

When applying the scrub, gently massage it in a circular motion onto your skin, then rinse off.

Oatmeal and Yogurt Facial Scrub
Are you thinking about breakfast when you hear ‘oatmeal’ and ‘yoghurt’? Well, this breakfast combo can make your face brighter in 15-minutes—oatmeal cleanses skin while yoghurt hydrates skin, leaving it moist and bright.

Mix the two ingredients in a 1:1 ration, and you can immediately apply it onto your face. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes until it dries up before rinsing off.

oatmeal and honey - body care
oatmeal and honey – body care

 

Honey Lips Scrub
I discovered this scrub around 10 years ago and been using it ever since. It gives my lips a soft pink pink glow and makes them look healthier.

This scrub can be made in under three minutes. Mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of sugar then apply it on your lips in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water, and apply your favourite lip balm if you require more moisture.

Sugar is the exfoliator that removes dead skin on the lips, and honey provides moisture.

Lavender Grapeseed Oil Sea Salt Body Scrub
Sea salt has been one of my favourite ingredients to use for making body scrubs—it is easy to find, acts as an exfoliator, and also helps with eczema. Lavender has a soothing fragrance that helps to relax you.

You will need one cup of sea salt, two to three sprigs of dried lavender, two to six drops of lavender essential oil, and one cup of grapeseed oil. First, mix the sea salt and dried lavender together, then add the rest of the ingredients in and mix everything well. Gently massage in a circular motion onto your skin, then rinse off.

Green Tea Facial Scrub
I love the smell of green tea in all beauty products! This scrub has the best scent that brings about deep relaxation in me. Green tea has an extremely high antioxidant content, which helps with anti-ageing and assisting skin in the repair of scar tissues, and prevention of wrinkles and blemishes.

Simply brew one cup of green tea and let it sit until cool to room temperature. In a bowl, add two tablespoons of sugar and add the cooled green tea in. You can use your fingers or cotton pads to apply the mixture on your skin in gentle circular motions. Take care to avoid the eyes and lips. Rinse off and reveal smoother skin!

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About Shahnaz Soehartono

Shahnaz Soehartono believes that taking good care of yourself by eating healthy and exercising regularly is your way of thanking the universe for the life that was given to you. As a host of the Indonesia Morning Show on Net TV, she is racing against time everyday to broadcast the news as soon as possible. She attains balance and peace in life through yoga, and challenges herself through Pilates. She is now a graduate student in IKJ. She loves reading books and her favourite genre is fiction.

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