Pssst! I’m going to let you all in on a beauty secret of mine, but first, I’ll give you a hint.
Okay, fine. It’s coconut oil. I actually discovered this miracle in a jar out of pure necessity. For most of you who don’t know, Arizona is hot and Arizona is dry. I’m talking very, very dry! My elbows, hands, and feet have never been so chapped.
During my first year down here, I spent a good chunk of money and a whole lot of time searching for the perfect moisturizer, but even then, no such luck. I ended up having to do some extensive research online and found that, across the board, coconut oil was a fan favorite for this exact problem. So, I hightailed it to the Whole Foods across the street from us and bought myself a thing of virgin coconut oil.
In the beginning, I was taking large spoonfuls of the stuff and applying it directly to my skin before heading to bed, but I would wake up the next day feeling way too greasy. It wasn’t until my fellow co-worker introduced me to the perfect solution: coconut sugar scrub. The best part about it all? It’s so unbelievably easy to make from home. Follow along with the recipe below!
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (optional)
50 drops citrus essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then store in a sealed glass container. Apply the mixture to your dry skin in a circular motion for about 30 seconds, wash off with warm water, and then pat dry. You’re all done now. It’s that simple!
Since this eye-opening revelation, I’ve not only been using coconut oil as an in-shower remedy, but also as a main cooking ingredient in our evening meals. It’s a great alternative to those fatty oils that can pack on the calories in healthy dishes, like chicken or vegetables. Plus, it smells absolutely wonderful. Now you be the judge!