Spring is fast approaching and if you've wrapped yourself up in layers of clothing for the past few months, it might be worth preparing your skin now. It always evokes mixed emotions when you leave the tights at home and expose your legs to the (hopefully sunny) elements for the first time that year, reminding you that soon you'll be basked in summer heat, on a glorious beach, in a bikini. In a bikini. Whilst glowing, sun kissed skin may take some time, giving your skin a wealth of goodness that will leave you looking and feeling refreshed and pampered is something that can (and should) be done right now!
The reason behind my newly-found glow comes from sharing my showers with my new love; Joe. JoeSCRUB* is an invigorating coffee scrub, comprised of just 9 natural, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients that know exactly how to love your skin. I've been trying to reduce the number of chemicals I'm using on my skin after making a conscious effort to read the ingredients on every beauty product I use, from shampoo to foundation. It's a real eye-opener! One of the reasons I love JoeSCRUB is because of it's beauty ethics, everything is cruelty free and some ingredients are organic or fair trade. Such a positive and responsible attitude to the beauty industry is as refreshing as the scrub itself.
It is clear that the 9 ingredients have been chosen with care and thought, as every single one is packed with skin benefits;
1. Fair trade organic coffee - reduces inflammation, increases blood circulation and releases toxins to help tighten skin leaving skin toned and even and reduces cellulite.
2. Organic Cacao - Improves skin hydration and complexion, firms skin and reduces puffiness and provides UV protection.
3. Himalayan pink salt - detoxifies skin and alleviates psoriasis.
4. Brown Sugar - acts as an effective exfoliant helping to scrub away toxins and dead skin cells as well as promoting younger and fresher skin.
5. Organic coconut oil - hydrates the skin, rich in vitamin E and minerals, Soothes eszma and reduces premature ageing.
6. Grape seed oil - cleanses the skin and prevents breakouts whilst firming and improving skin elasticity.
7. Sweet almond oil - protects the skin against the elements such as harmful UV rays or harsh, cold winds and is high in vitamins.
8. Jasmine oil - contains anti-bacterial properties and acts an aphrodisiac with a blissful fragrance.
The smell is one of my favourite things about it. As soon as I open up the pouch an energising aroma of coffee beans wakes me up, which is why I love to use this in the morning - especially on a Monday!
I pour a little into a pot to take into the shower as the pouch cannot come in contact with moisture. I recommend using JoeSCRUB in the shower or in the bath as it can get a bit messy, but thankfully a quick wash with the shower hose and everything is washed away. The scrub itself is rather crumbly and initially I thought it would be a little tricky to attach the scrub onto my skin, assuming much of it would fall out of my hands and be wasted on the shower floor. But once I made sure my skin was wet, the scrub attached itself with ease and I was able to scrub away without wasting much product. Using the scrub was a revitalising and energising experience that charmed the senses with warming aromas and radiating sensations that left me feeling utterly pampered.
I was surprised at how little I had to use for a full body, neck and face application and how easily it scrubbed onto my skin. I have always found scrubs to be somewhat disappointing, either being far to harsh on my skin or containing scrubbing particles that are to gentle, such as the widely used microbeads that are also damaging the environment by polluting lakes and killing marine life. Because JoeSCRUB contains natural abrasives such as pink Himalayan salt, brown sugar, coffee grinds and cacao I found it to be far more invigorating then any scrub I've used in the past, plus there's the added bonus that I'm not washing thousands of non-degradable plastic beads down the plug. It is recommended that JoeSCRUB is left on the skin for 5-10 minutes so all the vitamins can be absorbed.
I was amazed at what was revealed underneath, once I'd quickly washed off the scrub. My skin was baby soft and sensuously smooth, with a delicate jasmine scented residue that was neither greasy, nor oily. Even once my skin had dried, it felt incredibly nourished and well moisturised. I didn't want to get dressed. In contrast to the powerful fragrance experienced in the shower, my skin was left with a subtle hint of coffee and a heavenly aroma of jasmine oil.
Having used this several times now, I've noticed my skin is far more radiant then before and the addictivly silky smoothness lasts a while after use. JoeSCRUB is an unexpectedly stupendous concoction of goodness in so many ways and a fantastic way to give your skin the very best start to the year!