DIY Beauty: Scrub-a-dub-dub

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Lip scrubs and body scrubs

By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor

It’s winter, so let’s be honest, our skin may not be in the best condition. To help combat this, I’m coming at you with a doubleheader: a sugar scrub for those chapped lips and a coffee scrub to moisturize and get rid of cellulite. Out of all of these DIY Beauty projects, these two are probably the easiest and least expensive.

For the lips you will need:

1 tsp. of organic honey

1 tsp. of sugar. White works best but you can use brown if you like.

Stir honey and sugar together before applying to lips. Make sure sugar is thoroughly coated to avoid irritation. Rub mixture in circular motions over lips, concentrating on any chapped areas. Be gentle—this doesn’t require you to press down hard.

Leave the mixture on for a minute, before washing it off with warm water. Do this in the shower to make it easier. Dry with a cloth and apply lip balm or chapstick.

The honey will act as a natural antiseptic so that any chapped areas won’t get infected, while the sugar crystals’ hard edges will remove any dead skin. Normally sugar is too rough to use as an exfoliant on the face, but the lips have much thicker skin than the rest of your face, making it perfect to use on them. Using sugar instead of a store-bought scrub (which normally employs pieces of plastic) means that this homemade scrub is entirely biodegradable and safe for the environment.

For the body you will need:

2 cups used coffee grounds

1 cup olive oil

Mix coffee grounds and olive oil together until smooth. It should be the consistency of grainy mud. Spread over any problem areas. Common areas may include the hips, thighs or buttocks.

Rub mixture in circular motion for 3 minutes in each area, pressing hard but making sure mixture still sticks. Leave it alone, and remain still for 10 minutes, allowing mixture to soak in. Wash off in the shower.

The caffeine found in the coffee grounds will tighten the skin, making cellulite less visible, while the massage will help break it up. The olive oil is just used as a binding agent and to make your skin extra soft. The tightening effect should last for several days.