14 Creative Things To Do Indoors This Autumn

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Idea 5: Make Your Own Coffee Body Scrub

I think a body scrub is absolutely imperative for gorgeous skin and to get rid of toxins. I don’t like spending a lot of money on them however as I like to use a lot at once, which means a tub never lasts very long, and I begrudge watching expensive products was down the drain. I have always made my own. There are so many recipes out there to try I am sure, but this is a tried and tested formula that I have been using for many years. It is the most simple, effective, delicious way to scrub for absolute minimal cost and maximum benefits.

It is perfect for the coffee drinker, as uses the byproduct of your coffee habit, and means minimum waste all round! And the  benefits of using coffee on your skin are amazing. To name a few:

Brightens, Tightens and Smooths Skin: Coffee plays a crucial role in regulating cell re-growth and repairs tissue, leading to retained hydration (increased collagen) and increased skin elasticity.

A rich source of antioxidants: Coffee protects and boosts skins natural defenses against free radicals that wreak havoc on the skin. In fact, a study showed that coffee bean extracts can be responsible for skin cell energy preservation due to its free-radical properties.

Enhances circulation: Coffee promotes blood circulation leading to healthy and energised skin, effectively reducing the swelling of tissues and de-puffing areas of the skin.

To make this wonder scrub, you will need to keep the ground coffee after use. I use a cafetiere at home when drinking coffee, and I keep the grounds at the bottom after use. You can get the grounds out of your coffee machine, or even out of the capsules if you use those to make your coffee. Put the grounds in a little mixing bowl, and add a few tablespoons of a good quality olive oil. This is a wonder product for the skin in itself as it is a natural moisturizer for even sensitive skin. It is silky when applied, and after using this scrub you will find you won’t need any moisturizer afterwards.

I then add a tablespoon of course sea salt for an extra scrub, but this is optional. It will be just as effective without this. If you don’t like olive oil, you can use coconut oil as an alternative which gives a delicious smell. Both work equally well. I just personally prefer olive oil and it is cheaper to buy.

Once you have mixed it together get scrubbing! I always do it in the shower as it is quite messy, and you can apply to dry or damp skin. I recommend applying to damp skin to start as it is quite a abrasive scrub in comparison to shop-bought scrubs. Remember the coffee doesn’t dissolve, so you won’t need to scrub too hard, just gently exfoliate with it and you will be amazed at the results once you wash it away. Rinse in the shower, and towel dry your skin. The bathroom will smell delicious, and your skin will feel silky, smooth and moisturized. Slip into the bath after you have rinsed it away for a relaxing, extra silky bath with a nice coffee aroma.

So try it yourself and make your own skin smoothing, toxin-eliminating, two-in-one scrub. Enjoy!

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Health & Beauty: The Wonder That Is Papaya

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Since travelling in South America I have become obsessed with Papaya. I used to hate its musky yet sweet taste, but having the usual travellers-stomach issues associated with that way of life, new foods and lack of a routine, I found myself craving it. Why? Well it is just the most stomach-soothing, gentle, vitamin-packed super food which just does the trick to deliver every thing your body needs whilst promoting digestive health. It contains so many vitamins and anti-oxidants, including carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium. All in addition to being a great source of fiber. It also contains Papain, which is great for injury, allergies and trauma.

I loved having it as a juice alone or with Mango. Try blending with almond milk or natural yogurt and banana for a gentle, stomach soothing, hangover cure.

But, the benefits of papaya do not stop here. All the vitamins and anti-oxidants mentioned are just as beneficial for our skin. I have been using Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel for a few years now, and I swear by it. The first thing I did for my skin when I returned from my travels was treat it to this soothing and rejuvenating mask. De-clogging, hydrating, and repairing, it is a great post-holiday reset, but also for this time of year when summer has had its wicked way with us and we are about to go into the cold of winter. I use it once-twice weekly for a few weeks, or as needed for an extra pick up for tired, dehydrated skin.

Other Papaya-Packed Products:

Cleanse skin gently with Decleor aroma cleanse hydra radiance soothing and cleansing mousse, containing papaya, grape and white mulberry to cleanse and soothe. Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15 uses Papaya enzymes to correct, perfect and nourish skin throughout the day, whilst its added SPF is perfect for this time of year.

For body, use Elemental Herbology Macadamia and Papaya Body Scrub to refresh and re-new skin that has had its fair share of salt and sand over the summer. And lastly, for added protection for lips and dry skin, Papaya Gold PAWPAW Moisturising Balm does the job whilst being gentle and soothing.

So when looking for something restorative for the skin and body look no further than papaya. Allow its anti-oxidants and vitamins repair and restore your skin after the summer and protect it for the winter ahead.

All available at http://www.feelunique.com/

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