My name is Lisa Tsakos, Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant, corporate speaker and author. This blog provides professional advice from a nutrition and weight loss expert (me!) about corporate and family health. Here you'll find recipes and articles that address work-related challenges like eating on-the-go and maximizing your productivity with the right foods. You'll also find out about how you can help your children develop strong immune systems and healthy bodies. As a nutrition instructor, I often found myself thinking, "When I have kids, this is how I will feed them." With two toddlers, I have the opportunity to practice what I have been preaching and to try out my theories. So far, they seem to be working! Follow me on my journey and also on Twitter @NuVitalityHW.

5 Mar 2014

Gentle exfoliating scrub made with coconut oil recipe

Mother Nature is being really mean this year. 

In my entire lifetime, I don't recall this many days with temperatures lingering around -17ºC/1.4ºF.

Typically, these temps would have my skin burning from dryness. But this year, I've been taking precautions with a heavy-duty moisturizer and gently exfoliating with a rich, nourishing coconut oil scrub about 3 times a week. I'd love to use it daily, but since each skin cell only reproduces about 11 times during your entire lifetime, I don't think it's a good idea to scrub away skin cells too often. 

You can use it morning or evening. I like to use it in the morning before applying moisturizers and make-up. It leaves my face and neck with a beautiful glow (even after a tough night with the kids) and softens hands too - a luxury in the winter!

Coconut oil is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties (bye bye blemishes), and sea salt comes packaged with almost 70 minerals and trace minerals that nourish your skin.

It's super easy to make and since a little goes a long way, the amount prepared from this recipe will last at least a couple of months (if you use it about 3 times a week).

1 heaping teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil (virgin or extra-virgin), softened at room temperature
a few drops lavender oil (optional) 

In a small bowl, mix the sea salt together with the coconut oil. Add a few drops of lavender. Place in a tightly sealed container and store at room temperature.  

Put some into a pretty jar and give it to your friends for birthdays and holidays. They'll love it!


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