This week’s blog post is all about wobbly bits. Before your filthy minds run away with you, let me clarify which ‘bits’ I’m referring to. Women of all ages, sizes and ethnicity face the wrath of the ‘C’ word. Of course, I’m referring to cellulite; which is essentially tiny deposits of fat trapped beneath the surface of the skin. To put it simply – it’s those saggy, dimple-filled areas of our body which seem to stick around no matter how health-conscious we are.
From supermodels to average Jane, women all around the world know how hard it can be to get rid of cellulite. There are, of course, an array of treatments available in the beauty industry which promise to reduce cellulite and most work pretty well. However, cellulite treatments can be costly, time-consuming and very uncomfortable. If only there was a natural way to treat cellulite at home. Yep, you guessed it – I’m back with another beauty DIY!
Seeing as Easter is coming up, I thought it best to incorporate some chocolate into this DIY cellulite-busting recipe. No this is not a cruel joke. Chocolate, or more specifically Cacao, is a fantastic natural ingredient for skin, hair and nails. It’s high in antioxidants, in fact, it’s full of them; which is essential for fighting against premature ageing. We’ve all heard the rumour that a bit of chocolate once a day does wonders for our insides; well it’s true! However, you need natural Cacao or at least 70% dark chocolate to get the benefits. Along with the antioxidants, Cacao is full of vitamin C, magnesium and omega 6 fatty acids. In a nutshell (pun intended) – Cacao is perfect for cell regeneration, skin protection, hydration and sun protection (that wasn’t quite a nutshell).
Along with natural Cacao, this recipe calls for ground coffee. Forget the instant stuff, that’s not real coffee anyway (coffee snob alert). Freshly ground coffee beans are what you need here to fight against pesky cellulite. The enzymes in coffee are natural enemies of cellulite. Fat is broken down and blood circulation is encouraged with use of the dark stuff. Scrubbing with ground coffee also promotes cell renewal. The abrasive texture buffs away dull dead skin and leaves you with a natural glow. If you want amazing skin – coffee is the way forward.
The beauty industry has recently exploded with an array of coffee-based scrubs, like my personal favourite from the Bean Beauty range. With summer around the corner, we all need to get our skin in tip-top shape; which is why exfoliating at least twice a week with a good scrub is essential. Although these beautifully packaged scrubs are amazing and a permanent staple in my bathroom, they’re also very pricey. I go through one of these packs a month; which can be a fairly expensive habit to maintain. However, following the recipe below will give you all of the benefits of a coffee scrub without the price tag.
- Ground coffee – either grind the coffee yourself or use ready-made ground coffee. Do not use the instant kind as this will dissolve in the mixture.
- White or Brown sugar – this is down to personal preference. I like an abrasive scrub, because I like torturing myself I guess. For this I use white sugar as the granules are larger and more course. If you have sensitive skin or you don’t like putting your body through its paces, use brown sugar. Again, there’s no preference in which type of brown sugar (obviously the softer the sugar the more gentle it will be on your skin). Both brown and white sugar work the same way so find what’s comfortable for you.
- Vanilla bean extract – vanilla has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin. The abrasiveness of the coffee and sugar combined can cause irritation to the skin (if not used in the correct way). Vanilla will help to calm you skin down as well as fight against skin diseases. You can stick a vanilla pod in the mixture when you’re done to intensify the scent of vanilla, but it all depends on how pedantic you are on the finer details.
- Cacao – do not use drinking chocolate or any other hot chocolate mix, it’s not the same thing! Use natural ground Cacao powder which is readily available in many high street stores.
- Coconut oil – you knew this was coming. No DIY beauty product of mine would be complete without the inclusion of coconut oil. Simply put, coconut oil would be used here as a moisturising component of the scrub, but also for its anti-ageing benefits.
- Air tight container or preservative jar – I chose to use a Kilner jar; which I picked up from Tesco. You can choose to use whatever you like, as long as it’s air tight and easy to store. The mixture itself will last up to 6 months, so you’ll want to use something that you’ll proudly display in your shower for a lengthy period of time.
Take equal parts of ground coffee and sugar. I used a mixing bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients together with ease. You don’t need to use any measuring utensils, just eye ball it into roughly equal parts.
Add Cacao powder to your mixture. Again, you can eyeball it. I like my mixture to smell as chocolatey as possible so I add about 5 tablespoons to my mixture. If you’re making a large batch then add more, but just as long as it’s less than the amount of sugar and coffee that you used.
Once your mixture looks a little something like this, add a few drops of your vanilla bean extract. The vanilla would be fairly concentrated so you’ll only need a few drops.
Add your coconut oil. This is where you’ll need to use your judgement…and your biceps. Whilst mixing all of the other ingredients together, pour in your melted coconut oil. The amount of coconut oil you need depends on how ‘greasy’ you want your scrub to be. I like a fairly dry, abrasive scrub so I use enough to barely bind together the dry powders. The mixture does need to be fairly dry, but liquid enough to hold between your hands. Think semi-wet sand; which you can form into loosely packed balls (I’m sorry that was a shit description. Just try to resemble the picture above).
Mix all of the ingredients together and transfer to your air tight container. Add your vanilla pod (if you wish) and store in a cool location. I keep mine in the bathroom (obviously) and it lasts me around 6 months. If you want yours to last a little longer, add some honey to your mixture as honey is natural preservative.
Et voila! Doesn’t it look…well…crap. Your newly formed jar of coffee scrub will resemble a pile of earth. Don’t be disheartened, this will be the best scrub you will ever use on your skin. Not forgetting how heavily it smells! You’ll have to restrain yourself from using this every time you shower.
You’ll want to use this scrub on wet skin 2-3 times a week. I get under the shower, wet my skin then move from directly under the shower head so that there’s not a consistent flow of water (there’s my daily dose of shower ettiequte for the day). I then use the coffee scrub in circular motions, towards my heart, to improve blood circulation. Make sure you get every nook and cranny, particularly concentrating in the areas where you suffer with cellulite. You’ll see a massive reduction within weeks of consistent use. Don’t forget to follow up with a luxurious body cream or oil after you rinse!
If you haven’t tried a coffee scrub yet, follow this recipe – you’ll thank me later. Happy scrubbing beauties!