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We know we have to exfoliate really well before a spraytan so any loose skin is sloughed off in preparation to receive a new spraytan. I have been using a homemade exfoliant recipe lately and love the results with my skin feeling so soft and moisturised - the perfect canvas for a new tan. I use it once a week but if I don't have a tan on I would twice a week.
I love the coffee based recipes, as well as exfoliating, the caffeine encourages blood flow to the skin and is said to reduce cellulite and spider veins, is anti inflammatory, reduces redness, wrinkles and firms skin. The MoroccanTan Exotic range, MorrcanTan Dusk and MoroccanTan Nights, also has caffeine in them for this reason.
So, here is the base recipe I use:
TIP: DON'T USE THE DAY OF YOUR SPRAYTAN AS THE OIL LEAVES A RESIDUE ON YOUR SKIN
1 cup of finely ground coffee (freshly brewed if using straight away, or dry if giving as a gift) - anti inflammatory, reduces redness, fine lines and helps to firm skin as it is a diuretic drawing water from skin.
1 cup of brown or raw sugar - is exfoliating to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of the dermis and encourage growth of new cells. Can also use coconut sugar which is a bit more expensive.
1/2 cup of melted coconut oil (you can also use grapeseed oil or almond oil) - to replenish some of the oils your body produces naturally, and soothe and moisturise your skin.
1 T of cinnamon - encourages blood flow and is anti microbial which would help with any skin infections (eg acne or athletes foot)
You can adapt the recipe and add in any of these optional ingredients:
1 T cocoa - to make it smell yummy
2 T raw honey - moisturising, anti inflammatory it has helpful enzymes and nutrients that nourish the skin. You may need to warm the honey so it is mixed more easily. Use less coconut oil if adding honey as it may make the mixture too wet.
1T ginger - helps open up your pores so the body can move toxins through the skin
1 T nutmeg - anti inflammatory and great when used in combination with honey for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It is also known to help reduce scarring.
2-3 drops of essential oil - if not adding cocoa and to give the mixture a fragrance.
Mix all the ingredients together and use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you have used dry coffee, the mixture can be stored in an airtight container for months. This recipe makes enough for 2-3 fullbody applications, but you can reduce the quantities if you want to make less.
To use: It's messy so best used in the shower! Rub generously onto wet skin all over your body in small circular motions, leave to dry for 5 - 15 minutes then rinse off. This is also safe to use on your face.
This is a truly wonderful scrub, cheap and easy as all the ingredients can be found in your kitchen supplies.
So the next time you're out for coffee, ask the barista if you can take your coffee grounds home and make up a mixture.