Temperatures are warming up and the first signs of Spring are finally here. Springtime brings with it ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal. That’s just what this Lemon Sugar Scrub can do for your skin. I guarantee it will have you feeling like a new person!
I keep a bottle of white sugar at the back-end of my pantry. The only time it comes out to play is when I make a sugar scrub. The combination of sugar, baking soda and chia seeds provides gentle abrasion making this scrub suitable for both your body and face. I used lemon zest as opposed to lemon juice to prolong the shelf life of this product. If lemon juice is used the scrub will be more susceptible to mold.
What about the health benefits of this Lemon Sugar Scrub?
The oils present in the zest of a lemon have various skin benefits. They are rich in vitamin C and citric acid. They are also antibacterial and will help to brighten and lighten your skin. Coconut oil will hydrate your skin while baking soda removes excess dirt and exfoliates. The addition of lemon essential oil is optional. The scrub still smells heavenly without it. The scrub comes together in a few minutes. Gather all your ingredients, combine in a bowl and store in an airtight glass bottle. If your coconut oil is solid at room temperature the scrub will harden. In this case you may use half coconut oil, half sweet almond or olive oil.
Welcoming Spring – Valencian style
Here in Valencia it is not officially Spring until after the fallas. The fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph. Every year from March 15th to 19th Valencia celebrates the final days of the winter and the arrival of spring with a spectacular fiesta filled with bonfires, pyrotechnics, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas. I cannot recommend a better time to visit this city than during Las Fallas. You can read more about the fallas here http://www.visitvalencia.com/en/whats-on-offer-valencia/festivities/the-fallas.
Here are some images I took at last years celebration
This DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub exfoliates and brightens skin, and smells truly delicious. Perfect for yourself or as a gift!
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- ½ cup / 115g white granulated sugar
- ½ cup/150g baking soda
- ½ cup / 100ml liquid coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 -2 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
- zest of one lemon
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Transfer to a glass jar with tight fitting lid.