Is your skin feeling irritated, acne-prone, or oily lately?
Or maybe it’s flaky, tight, and dull?
When our skin feels out of whack, the culprit is usually an excess of skincare products – not a lack of them.
The balance of our skin is delicate. An aggressive cleanser or chemical-laden cream can easily make our skin go out of control.
When this happens, here’s what you can do:
Why You Should Detox Your Skin Once a Week
After a week of dealing with outside contaminants, dozens of skincare products, and makeup, our skin is in need of a fresh start.
Doing a weekly detox routine will help reduce redness, kill bacteria, improve circulation, and remove dead skin cells, which creates beautiful glowing skin.
Today I’ll show you how to create your own weekly detox routine with ingredients you can find in your pantry right now.
The secret for clear and glowing skin is not in a store – it’s in your kitchen!
Nourishing ingredients like spices, coffee, sea salt, oil, and aloe vera help to heal, cleanse, and hydrate your skin, sans all the extra ingredients lurking in regular store-bought cleansers and scrubs.
Try this 3-step routine once a week – you’ll feel the difference in your skin and your mood, plus you’ll have fun making it.
Step 1: Sweet & Spicy Bath Salt
We’ll start by removing impurities with a mineral-rich bath. Relaxing in your tub with bath salts helps to calm your skin.
The magnesium in sea salt can reduce redness, improve hydration, decrease roughness, and reduce inflammation.
Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and promotes better circulation.
Sweet & Spicy Bath Salt Recipe
- 1 cup coarse sea salt (or Epsom salt)
- 1/4 cup rose petals
- 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1. Blend all of the ingredients together.
2. Package your bath salts in a container with a lid.
Add a few scoops into your bath and just relax!
Pro-tip: I like to scoop the salt into a little reusable brew bag, so you don’t have bits of rose petals to clean out of the bath afterwards.
Step 2: Gentle Coffee Scrub
Now that your skin has softened, it’s time to clear your pores with an energizing and antioxidant-rich coffee scrub.
Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and impurities hiding in your pores that cause acne and inflammation.
A coffee scrub improves circulation, stimulates your lymphatic system, and feeds your skin antioxidants that protect it against sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
It also energizes you and improves your mood – I know it does for me.
Some scrubs can be too rough on your skin, but not this one.
This scrub is designed to be especially gentle with your skin. We are using honey, which is an excellent moisturizer, and super fine coffee grains.
Gentle Citrus Coffee Scrub Recipe
- 1/4 cup fresh ground coffee
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 orange juiced (about 1/8 cup)
- 2 tbs honey
1. Blitz the coffee in a blender until powder-fine.
2. Pour it into a bowl.
3. Add the zest of an orange.
4. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 orange into the coffee grains.
5. Let it sit for about five minutes to soak up the liquid.
6. Add honey to make your scrub super-soft.
Because this is a fresh scrub, you’ll want to use it up within 3 days. Cover it and store in the fridge when not in use.
Step 3: Aloe and Coconut Oil Body Moisturizer
Now your skin should be exfoliated and silky-soft.
The next step is to moisturize it with a nourishing body oil.
This 2-ingredient moisturizer is healing, protective, and incredibly hydrating.
Aloe vera hs been proven¹ to help regenerate the skin, reduce itching, and reduce symptoms of dermatitis and psoriasis.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that fights different kinds of skin bacteria – including acne-causing bacteria. It’s also deeply moisturizing.
Apply this moisturizer after your scrub for a perfect finish.
Aloe and Coconut Body Moisturizer Recipe
- Aloe vera leaf
- 2-3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
- With a paring knife, slice away the skin of the aloe leaf
- Remove the thick clear aloe gel
- Give it a quick rinse to remove the layer of yellow sap between the gel and the rind – the sap is called aloin and can be irritating.
- Scrape the gel into a container.
- Mix the gel with the oil and apply it all over your skin. It will soak right in!
If your skin is asking you a for a pampering session, just make these 3 recipes and you’ll feel completely different.
Taking the time to remove the dirt and contaminants from your pores will keep your skin healthy and naturally glowing – and you won’t have to worry about pimples popping up in the worst moments.
Detox with gentle, nourishing ingredients and your skin will love you for it.