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Why you should start the new year with this DIY body scrub


diy-body-scrub-recipeThere are all sorts of rituals we follow to symbolize the end of one year and the beginning of another: writing down resolutions, burning sage, finding someone (anyone?) to kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But if it’s physical symbolism you’re after, there’s nothing like a good body scrub to slough away 2015.

“During this time of year, the crisp air is a beautiful thing—but it’s not always good for your skin,” explains Kate Murphy, the founder of clean beauty blog Living Pretty, Naturally.

She’s tested enough body scrubs to fill a linen closet, and loves this coffee and coconut DIY recipe that clears away dead skin while giving a boost to what’s beneath it. “With warming holiday spices, it will get your skin glowing and soft for seasonal festivities,” she notes, adding, “Or use the scrub as a detox after!”

Best of all? It calls for ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. (Coconut oil, anyone?)

New year, new you? Well, maybe in this instance the answer is yes.

diy scrubKate Murphy’s Coffee and Coconut Body Scrub

Mix together the following ingredients:

1/2 cup organic coffee grounds
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg

To apply, get your body damp in the shower, rub the scrub all over, and then let it sit for five minutes before rinsing off.

Once you’re done scrubbing, you’ll want to moisturize. We’ve got DIY recipes for that, too!

(Photos: Andrew Phillips/StockSnap, Kate Murphy)