Review: Babe Scrub in Coffee
And last – but not least – we have Babe scrub in coffee! I usually have a coffee in the morning just to get me going, but I prefer the taste and flavours of green tea over coffee any day… However, I have a weak spot for the smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee *ahhhh. So delish!
So a coffee scrub makes perfect sense – plus the caffeine get’s your circulation going like no other! Lucky for us as well, Babe only uses 100% virgin ground coffee, which works a treat on cellulite, stretch marks, lumps, bumps, scars and acne. So what else is in the scrub and why have they chosen these particular ingredients? Let’s take a look!
“Caffeine is incredibly effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite when rubbed on the body because it can actually reduce the fat content within our cells. Say what?!! See, caffeine interferes with the activity of a specific enzyme within our cells known as phosphodiesterase. Our body uses phosphodiesterase to stop fat breakdown, but caffeine messes with those stinky little fat encouraging enzymes. By suppressing the phosphodiesterase, caffeine actually helps our body burn fatty tissue deposits that cause cellulite. Aka – Caffeine = awesome cellulite fighter.
Sugar is a hydrating miracle when applied to our booties. Sugar contains naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy acid which is famous in the beauty industry for its anti wrinkle and moisturising properties for reducing stretch marks. Sugar is also the perfect skin exfoliator and may be helpful for healing acne, eczema and psoriasis as it gently removes dry skin while unblocking the skin pores to remove dirt to reveal beautiful, polished glowing skin.
Our blend of organic oils is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and naturally occurring fatty acids including oleic, linoleic and plamitic acids. All of these properties work to nourish and soften the skin and prevent moisture loss to relieve dry itching skin and works a miracle on reducing redness and scarring.”
Out of all the scrubs that Babe do, coffee for me, gives the most friction so it’s not as gentle as the other two (pink salt and green tea). This would be because the coffee grounds do not melt on damp skin. The scrub isn’t super rough as the coffee grounds are still quite small, but you can give yourself a rougher scrub if that is your thing (especially on drier skin). The coffee scent is quite strong, but in my opinion it’s quite glorious! If you’re giving yourself a scrub in the bath, your bath water will start to take on a coffee hue and your bathroom will smell like coffee all around. As with the other scrubs, your skin will be left super smooth and lightly hydrated, so I definitely recommend moisturising after your bath or shower.
I can’t say which scrub I like the best out of the three because they all include a very different main ingredient, which works its own wonders on the skin. If I feel like I need a good ‘ol scrubbing and I want something with more strength, to combat cellulite, problem areas or something to give me a good wake up – I’d choose the coffee scrub. If you want to work on your skin tone, give yourself a glow with a gentle scrub – I’d go the Pink Salt scrub (or if your sore after a workout, a soak with Pink Salt) and if you want to fight wrinkles (or protect against them and sun damage), scars and redness go the Green Tea scrub. All of them will make you feel like you are at a fancy spa because of the quality ingredients!
*TIP* Something I learnt very recently – skip the intense scrub (or scrub at all), sauna, massage or very hot bath if you think you may have a cold or are feeling like you are coming down with something. Why? When you get your circulation going into overdrive, you will inadvertently speed up the growth of your cold or virus, as it will be circulating more quickly in your blood stream and your lymph nodes may not be able to cope. This is why sometimes after a massage or vigorous scrub, some people feel more lethargic and seem to suddenly get sick quickly. Also, if you have red spider veins on your legs make sure you go and see a doctor asap to get them treated (this is a sign of poor circulation) – otherwise they may turn into varicose veins which can be really painful. The red spider veins are already weakened compared to regular veins, so a surge in circulation and blood flow, may make them burst and will result in painful bruising under the skin.
This is why before a massage or treatment, beauty salons and spas should always ask you to fill out a questionnaire on arrival to gage the state of your health. Unfortunately, many salons still don’t do this which is disappointing. There are treatments and massages available for those with spider veins or poor circulation, so it’s worth looking into those and being upfront with any health issues before booking in for your next treatment.
I hope you enjoyed the review and the info under my *tip* 🙂 Let me know if you would like me to write a little more about what to look out for in beauty/salon treatments and when they should be avoided so that you can save yourself the hassle and pain of undesired results!
Until next time, keep scrubbing! (*disclaimer, read the tip above or snooze and loose! LOL) 😉
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