Body Scrub Recipe by Hair Stylist Kaila Baker
Treatment + Words by Hairstylist & Make Up Artist Kaila baker -- Photography by Taylor McKay Smith
In my usual, day to day life, I always have plans to do all these wonderful treatments on my skin and hair but I can never really find the time. However, self quarantine is the perfect opportunity to treat myself by mixing up something with ingredients I already have in my cabinets.
Coffee, in my house, is made every morning. Whoever wakes up first goes downstairs to grind the beans, start the kettle and rinses out yesterday’s beans from the french press. This morning, instead of discarding the ground beans, I emptied them out into a mason jar and decided it was time for me to make my favourite body scrub.
This specific scrub is 100% natural, packed with antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties as well as fatty acids that help support healthy and glowing skin! I love that my skin glows from the exfoliation, improved circulation, and I get a more even skin tone.
For this scrub, I do not like to put restrictions on how much of each ingredient to use because it will all depend on how much of the grinds you are using/what your preferred texture is. A good rule of thumb is to start with 2 tbsp of each wet ingredient, then you can add from there. If the treatment is kept in a cool environment with a tight fitting lid, it can last for a month!
-finely ground coffee beans
-apple cider vinegar
-raw/unpasteurised (if possible) honey
-coconut oil or olive oil
Benefits of Ingredients
The beans must be finely ground, the heavier the bean, the more abrasive the scrub will be! The leftover granules will be the main exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells. The caffeine that is excreted from each individual bean will promote circulation which will help support happy and healthy skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When diluted and used on your skin ACV works as a gentle but effective anti inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, it lowers the PH of your skin because of its acidity, and can absorb excess oil. These wonderful properties can help aid in issues such as acne, bug bites, and foot/armpit odor.
Raw honey is ideal because it contains healthy bacteria, amino acids and many helpful minerals. If you’re in a pinch, you can definitely use pasteurised honey! Honey does wonders when used on the skin as anti ageing, hydrating and smoothing. It helps eliminate dead skin cells which can reveal a healthier and brighter complexion.
This multipurpose oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and can be used as an antibacterial. While using it on the skin it can minimise redness, help unclog dirt and sebum buildup in the pores, hydrates, and finally - it can soften acne scarring.
Good old extra virgin olive has been used as a beauty aid by all of our grandmothers at some point and we should too (in moderation). Olive oil is packed with vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
Although the oil has many benefits, it is quite dense and can cause breakouts if not rinsed and cleansed off properly after use. Personally, I used both coconut oil and olive oil in my personal scrub stache.
This glorious exfoliator can be used on dry or wet skin.
I like to have a short bath, drain the water, and apply while still sitting in the tub while I have a playlist or podcast going. I let it sit for 5 minutes to ensure my skin is soaking up all of the benefits of the oils! After that, I start the shower and rub/massage the scrub into my skin, rinse off completely and do a gentle cleanse with soap to remove any buildup on my skin, get out, towel dry and enjoy my skin that is glowing after it has been shown love and appreciation.
You can read more of Kaila's delicious DIY beauty treatments here.