How to Make a Nourishing Zero-Waste Body Scrub at Home!

Hey there!

Is your skin calling out for moisture? Why not combine your exfoliation and moisturising with this zero-waste coffee scrub?! Coffee scrubs are all the rage right now, but this one is zero-waste, all-natural and extremely nourishing. And best of all, it only takes a couple of minutes to whip up!

If you’re interested, here’s how to make it!

You’re going to need:

1) A carrier oil
I use 100% pure, unrefined shea butter as I find it the most nourishing and moisturising, and because you can buy it plastic-free! I bought mine from Seeds of Abraham on eBay, and they sent it in completely paper packaging!

You can also use coconut oil, and olive oil, both of which are very moisturising.

2) Coffee grounds
Recycle your coffee grounds in this all-natural scrub! You will generally want 2 parts coffee to 1 part oil.

If you’re all out of coffee, you can use brown sugar instead.

And that’s it!

Recipe:

body scrub image from wix

1) If your oil is solid at room temperature, heat it on a low heat in the microwave until it is liquid. Make sure to not over-heat it as the oil could lose nutrients!

homemade body scrub

2) Add your coffee grounds to your oil and mix it to combine, until you have a thick paste.

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3) Once the mixture is thick, it’s done! That was super quick, right? Now scrub away!

homemade coffee scrub recipe

I recommend scrubbing in the shower so that you can rinse off the scrub and wash your skin if you don’t like feeling too oily.

Enjoy your new soft skin! If you’re interested in eco-friendly DIYs, you might also be interested in this shower steamers recipe. They’re like bath bombs but for the shower!

Bye for now,

Jazmin

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Updated skin care routine

Hi!

In this blog post I will be talking about why it is important to work out a skin care routine tailored for your specific skin, and how I worked out what was right for mine. This post is a continuation of my previous post where I discussed my biggest skin care mistakes! So, please take a look if you’re interested in this topic!

After years of unsuccessfully trying to follow other people’s routines that claimed they would tackle my combination, rough, acne-prone skin, I finally started to see some improvement when I began doing a bit more research into the different ingredients in my skin care products. Although my head was spinning after just 5 minutes of all the skincare jargon, I decided that I needed to make some changes. The first thing I ditched was the physical exfoliant, and shortly after introduced The Body Shop’s Vitamin C glow protect moisturiser, and noticed that my skin felt softer, despite no longer exfoliating. This made me realise that until this point, I hadn’t been using a proper moisturiser; I was relying on gels and light lotions as I assumed I had oily skin. However, the opposite was true. I was drying out my face with the harsh products, without even having the decency to moisturise it properly afterwards. Despicable. Soon after, my skin started becoming less oily, and more combination.

The biggest change happened when a friend of mine recommended The Ordinary products to me. Because of The Ordinary’s affordability and good reviews (and sleek packaging, I must admit), I took the plunge and bought:

1. Glycolic acid 7% toning solution
Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and is a chemical exfoliator like lactic acid. It exfoliates the skin much more gently than a physical exfoliator and tingles slightly on application (but it should not burn). This toning solution leaves my skin feeling smooth and supple, and so I still use it now. The toner minimised the appearance of my spots, my dryness and helped to lighten up some hyperpigmentation over time that was left behind after picking at pimples (don’t be like me; leave your spots alone). Switching from a physical exfoliator to a chemical exfoliator has been one of my biggest skin care wins.

For those with acne-prone skin, I would recommend a chemical exfoliator as the physical abrasion of a traditional physical exfoliator on active pimples can be quite damaging.

2. Salicylic acid 2% serum
Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) great for acne prone skin, as it dissolves the skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne. The salicylic acid serum was clear, and I applied to my most acne-prone areas. I used this serum until the bottle finished, which was over 3 months, but I did not see a difference in my pimples, so I did not repurchase.

3. Alpha Arbutin 2% serum
The alpha arbutin 2% serum is one of my absolute favourite purchases, ever. It is a light formulation which dries quickly, and it is clear like the salicylic acid. After using it for just 2 months I noticed that my acne scars and hyperpigmentation were fading- my skin was looking clearer and more even!

4. L-Ascorbic 100% powder (Vitamin C powder)
The vitamin C powder is designed to be mixed into serums, essences, lotions or creams, and is applied wherever you desire lightening, brightening and evening out of your skin tone. Although I did notice some of these benefits when I was using it regularly, it is quite bothersome to have to mix the powder with other products every single time you want to use it. I was using it every other night at first, but now I use it when I remember (which is less often than I’d like).

My foray into exploring The Ordinary’s products taught me a very important lesson. You have to look around and experiment to discover what works for you! Now I use a range of products from various different brands.

So, what’s my current skin care routine?

My day-time routine:

1. Carbon Theory bar soap: £6
Don’t panic! This bar soap is a facial cleanser in solid form; it’s not just your run of the mill bar soap that you use to wash your hands!
To use this, I just wet my hands, lather the bar, and use the foam to wash my face. It forms a gentle sudsy foam that is easy to work with.
+ Leaves my face feeling clean but not dry
+ Very affordable and lasts for months and months
+ You can now buy this in completely plastic-free packaging, including the shipping packaging!

2. The Ordinary’s Alpha Arbutin 2% serum: £7
I apply this to the areas I have hyperpigmentation or dark spots left behind by acne.
+ Affordable
+ Glass bottle
+ Works to lighten hard-to-fade spots

3. The Body Shop’s Vitamin C moisturiser with SPF: £15
+ Moisturising but also has sun protection
– Relatively expensive
– Not the best sunscreen to reapply SPF with throughout the day as it’s quite moisturising and can feel heavy.

4. The Ordinary’s SPF 30 sunscreen: £8.90.
I reapply my SPF every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep my sun protection topped up, using this as I don’t want to reapply more moisturiser.
I am going to stop using this one soon as it isn’t my favourite SPF; I was just testing it out.
+ Affordable
– Leaves a grey cast which shows up quite a bit against my medium toned skin
– Leaves my face feeling slightly sticky (which I personally don’t mind)

Night-time skin care routine:

1. Carbon Theory soap

2. The Ordinary glycolic acid 7% toner: £6.80
I use this every other night. I just put some on a cotton ball or a reusable cotton round and swipe it gently over my face.
+ Really works to exfoliate my skin!
+ Affordable
– Plastic bottle

3. The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% serum

4. Hada Labo Rohto Hyaluronic Lotion: £10.64
+ This product lasts a really long time
+ Adds a boost of hydration to the skin
– Plastic bottle

5. CeraVe moisturising cream: £13.94
I use this moisturiser at the end of my routine to lock in all the hydration!
+ May seem expensive at first but lasts an incredibly long time as it’s a large tub
+ Odourless
+ Contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides which help to restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier.
– Plastic tub

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I started experimenting with skincare some time ago as I was unhappy with my skin, but now it’s become a passion project. I love reading the ingredients of new products and analysing whether or not I think they would be suitable for my skin. Since developing a skin care routine that my skin is happy with, I have significantly reduced the number of pimples I have, I have softened my skin texture and I have removed almost all of my acne scarring.

I’ve created a skincare guide for skincare newbies! If you’re interested in skincare but you’re overwhelmed by all the options and all the buzzwords that you check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Bye for now,

Jazmin

Do I really need a skin care routine?

Skin care routines are all the buzz nowadays. If you have an Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Tumblr account (or even if you don’t) I’m sure you will have seen skincare threads, skincare videos or articles on finding “The Right Skin-care Routine for You!”.

But, do we really need skin care routines? And if we do, aren’t 10 steps excessive?

In late 2015 I was scrolling on Instagram when I became frustrated with everyone’s seemingly perfect skin. Soft, smooth and pimple-free. Although I knew it was a mixture of good genes and good photo editing apps, I grew frustrated and increasingly unhappy with the quality of my own skin. I had pimples, rougher bumps on my forehead, large pores on my nose and no matter how much I exfoliated, my skin never seemed to clear up. Spoiler alert, this was my first mistake.

I decided to ignore it and not even give it much attention at all. It’s just skin. Am I that vain that I care so much about the texture of my face? Well, maybe. But I think that’s normal. Our faces are one of, if not THE first thing that people see. It’s literally eye-level. So, I do think it’s understandable to care about what it looks like. The few times I’ve really bad breakouts I have sympathised with those with cystic acne and difficult to treat skin conditions such as rosacea; being disgruntled with your skin can leave you feeling exposed and embarrassed.

In 2016, I became transfixed with the Korean 10-step skincare routine. I know now that these routines aren’t actually a true representation of Korean skincare but they were a stepping stone for me.

I watched YouTube videos about the best serums, essences and sheet masks that we all “needed” to buy and convinced myself that this was going to give me that perfect skin I so craved. I went to yesstyle.com and bought Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence, Bioré’s foaming face cleanser and packs and packs of Korean sheet masks. These are all beautiful products, formulated for sensitive skin. I did notice a certain difference in my skin shortly after; it looked more glowy and more hydrated, but the spots, discolouration and roughness were still there. They were just not right for the skin care results I was searching for. I did learn at this time that I did not have oily skin like I had always thought, I in fact had combination skin: oilier around the t-zone of my face but drier everywhere else. I kept up with my routine, constantly cycling new products but still remained unhappy with the old spot scars that wouldn’t leave and my bumpy complexion.

At this point I didn’t really get the fuss. “Nothing works!” I thought. I sleep and eat well, I drink plenty of water, and I had a skincare routine. But what I didn’t realise was that you don’t necessarily have to follow a particular routine with the highest rated products… you just need to find the things that work for you. My biggest mistakes that I was making were:

1-   Using physical exfoliants –> Lots of people really love physical exfoliants, and a really popular one that I tried using was St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This is an okay product for the body, but for my face, all I was doing was giving myself micro-tears with the sharp scrub, and over-exfoilating which was drying out my skin further. In compensation, my skin was becoming more and more oily to make up for the oils I was stripping away, which in turn was causing more pimples!

2-   Clay. Masks. Every. Single. Day. > This is similar to the above issue. Clay masks are great for those with acne-prone skin, but there is no need to be using them every single day. One I used to use all the time was Garnier’s 3 in 1 wash scrub and mask. All I was doing was drying out my face way more than necessary and causing more oil. Not to mention the micro beads in this product, which aren’t great for skin with active breakouts and definitely aren’t good for the planet.

3-    Bio oil –> My grandma discovered Bio Oil as the best product of her life and kept giving me (and still is giving me) bottles of the stuff. Now, for the body, bio oil feels great and does keep my skin moisturised. But it was NOT suitable for my face. I tried it on two separate occasions, and I woke up to the biggest pimples of my life the following day. Everybody’s skin is different, but I personally will not be using this on my face. Ever.

4-    Not using SPF –> You will probably hear me say this many, many times on this blog but I think that SPF is the most vital part of any skincare routine. Fundamentally, skincare should be looking after the health of our skin, right? The sun is extremely damaging for our skin. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, but much, much worse, sun damage can lead to skin cancer.

I love the sun and believed that getting my tan on was great for my skin because it cleared up my spots (!!). Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Although while I was tanned my pimples and acne scars were less visible, as soon as the tan started to fade away, I was left with dark spots where my pimples used to be. This is because the hyperpigmentation and discoloration on my skin was becoming more pigmented after exposure to the sun.

5- And lastly, popping my pimples –> Now I can’t sit here and pretend I don’t sometimes fall victim to the temptation of popping a spot, but I know that there have been very few times that popping a spot actually led to faster healing. Popping a pimple just introduces more bacteria and most likely makes it worse, which in turn leads to a worse scar.

But we’re all still going to do it anyway, right?

I want to update you all on what I do NOW to look after my skin, and I will share it in my next blog post.

But back to the point in question: is there any point in having a skincare routine?

I think yes, but it has to be YOUR routine. Over the period of two years I have slowly been making changes and having mini skincare breakthroughs and I can confidently say that for me, it is worth it. I am now so much happier with my skin and often receive compliments on my complexion (people say that I’m glowing, but I think that’s just grease). I still am not completely happy but I’m getting there. But what I will say is that you need to put in time and effort to figure out what works for you; there is no recommended 10-step routine that is going to be exactly perfect for your skin type. We are all different and have different tolerances to different products, and some things just don’t work for us, and that’s okay.

What about you? Comment below some of your biggest skin care regrets and lessons!

Stay tuned for my next post!

Jazmin

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