DIY: Sweet Mint Lip Scrub

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It’s that time of the year again, when the frigid dry air sucks all the moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and scaly. Oh, and I guess it’s Christmas time too! My lips have been particularly dehydrated as of late, and my lipstick has been collecting on the dry patches, which is not a pretty look. This minty sweet lip scrub is easy to make and perfect for the holiday season! It makes for a lovely Christmas gift too.

What you’ll need:

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1 teaspoon of coconut oil (not melted)

1 teaspoon of honey

2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or enough to just stick together without being too oily)

a pinch of sea salt

a few drops of pure peppermint extract

Mix all the ingredients together, place inside a pretty container, and you’ll have yourself a delicious lip scrub! To use, scoop a pea sized  amount and rub on lips until they feel nicely exfoliated and then lick off the remaining product.

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Hope you enjoy!

x B

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Sea Salt Scrub

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It was the last few weeks of winter and I was reminiscing wistfully about my time living in the Northern Beaches of Australia. Days spent floating in the pool, lying on the beach, or relaxing on a café patio along the beach, my skin feeling crisp from the sun, sipping on a flat white. Those were the days. So there I was at the tail end of Canadian winter, looking longingly through my Australia 2010 iPhoto album, when I was shocked to see how clear and healthy my skin looked. I began to question why that would be so, and came up with a list of possibilities, the key one being the salty ocean air, since sea salt is known for reducing inflammation, detoxifying, and softening the skin. This led me to wonder if washing my face with sea salt would clear up my complexion, and from what I read, it sounded like a highly promising option.

As I mentioned in my last post, this was during my finals at uni, and my skin was in pretty bad shape. So I began exfoliating my face with finely ground sea salt almost every day, and the improvements have been exactly as I had hoped. Pimples healed up within 1-2 days, redness was reduced, and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturized.

Here are the steps I take when exfoliating with sea salt:

  1. Wet face and pour a heaping teaspoon of sea salt into hand.
  2. Apply all over the face and exfoliate by moving hands in small circles for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Rinse off the excess.

I would recommend doing this in the shower, as it can get a bit messy otherwise. I have had really good results with this, and surprisingly, my skin feels hydrated and silky after the exfoliation, even before I put on moisturizer.

Now I would much rather pack up and spend the rest of my life in Sydney, all for the sake of my skin. However, since that’s currently not an option, I will settle for a sea salt scrub.

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