How to Make a Skin Smoothing Scrub at Home!

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 13 Dec, 2017

DIY Face & Body Scrubs Made with Ingredients from Around Your House

Making your own beauty products can be fun and exciting. Some of the easiest products to make at home are exfoliating scrubs. These products can usually be made with things that you have lying around your kitchen anyway. Let’s look at some of the best exfoliating scrub recipes that you can make at home.

If you're too busy to throw together a scrub at home, try the Microdermabrasion Scrub + Mask from MaxineDean Skin Care. 

This scrub is a favorite because of how easy it is. With only two ingredients and an easy to remember ratio, everyone can make this scrub in no time.

  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil, or whichever oil works best for your skin such as Olive oil, Argan oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Seabuckthorn Oil, etc. 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

You will want to combine the oil and sugar in a small container. Rub the scrub on your neck, face and other skin in small circles for about 60 seconds.

The nice thing about this recipe is that with the coconut oil you are going to be moisturizing while you exfoliate. Make sure you rinse your face with warm water when you are done.

If you want to make a bigger batch for your body, no problem, just increase the amounts but keep the 1:2 ratio the same. The mixture should keep for about three months, but you may want to keep it in the fridge, especially if you live in a hotter climate.

If you ever had chicken pox or poison ivy as a child, you may have gotten a good oatmeal bath from your mother. Oatmeal can be wonderful for the skin, so it’s no wonder it made it into this scrub.

  • ½ cup uncooked oats, use whole or do several pulses in a food process to break up the oats slightly. 
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 1tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried lavender (optional)

This simple exfoliating facial scrub takes the calming nature of oatmeal and the antibacterial properties of honey to help calm your irritated face. If a sugar scrub is too tough on your skin, you may want to keep this one in mind. The nutmeg and lavender also soothe the skin as you work the scrub into your skin in small circles for about 60 seconds.

Rinse with warm water. Remember to rinse over your kitchen sink, or to use a strainer in your bathroom sink. You don’t want to have to call a plumber to catch those pieces of oatmeal when they’ve clogged your pipes.

Don’t make this one in big batches. The oats will soften and lose their exfoliating power. Make sure, when you prepare this scrub you plan to use it right away.


coffee face & body scrub | maxaesthetics | diy scrub + skin care

Coffee isn’t just good for waking up; it is also an excellent anti-inflammatory product and can boost collagen production in the skin. Caffeic Acid, the ingredient that causes all of these amazing properties is found in coffee and argan oil. For this scrub, you’re going to use both!

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon argan oil

You will use this exfoliating scrub like any other scrub and rub your skin in small circles for about 60 seconds before rinsing. You will want to put a mesh coffee filter in your sink before rinsing your face to catch any coffee grounds that you miss. When rinsing, use warm water. Also, because of the moisturizing effects of argan oil, you can skip the moisturizer after you exfoliate with this amazing scrub.

This is another great scrub to use on your whole body. 

Be Creative!

As you can see, there are lots of options for at home facial scrubs. These are just a few of the easiest to make at home. You can get really creative with your exfoliating scrubs by choosing your own ingredients  to rejuvenate the skin. Feel free to substitute the oils used. Coconut oil might be a godsend for some, but for others it can make skin breakout overnight. 

If you are like many people out there, time is of the essence. Having a simple go-to exfoliating scrub is going to be all that you need to get you through your beauty routine.

Whether you need the extra moisturizing benefits of the argan and coconut oils or you are looking for something that will help soothe irritated skin, these three exfoliating scrubs will have everything that you need to keep your skin looking at its best.



Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 18 Jan, 2018
Are you dreaming about warm, sunny days of summer?  We are, too. But did you know that  December through April is the BEST time for skin rejuvenation and laser treatments? 
So what are the best spa treatments to have in the winter. Here are some of the Top winter spa treatments offered at MaxAesthetics Skin care spa in Philadelphia.

During the winter, the days are shorter and the sun is less bright overhead. Everyone is already bundled up and covering their skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, and spending more time indoors. This makes winter perfect for lasers and skin rejuvenating treatments!

  • Lasers and light based treatments put A LOT of heat and energy into your skin, leaving it especially sensitive and more vulnerable to UV damage. Excess sun exposure after a laser treatment will intensify your skin's sensitivity, and may interfere with the results of your treatment! 
  • Lasers typically work best on skin that hasn't had recent sun exposure, and can't be used on sun burnt skin.  In the winter, most of us  are at our palest and have had enough time for our skin to recover from summer sun exposure.
  • Rejuvenating treatments like chemical peels, slough off dead skin to reveal new, fresher skin. This new skin is ultra photo-sensitive, so precautions need to be taken to avoid UV exposure in order to prevent hyperpigmentation or other issues.  Remember, sun damage is the biggest offender in causing the visible signs of aging!
Winter is the ideal time of year for the following spa treatments that may be affected by excess heat and sun exposure:
Laser Rejuvenation  such as laser Genesis will aid in tightening the skin and shrinking large pores for a softer smoother skin.
Laser Hair Removal  
Laser Vein Removal
Skin Resurfacing
Skin Lightening  : Winter may be the best time for skin lightening since the treatments required may be affected by sun exposure
Microneedling  : Microneedling offers a wide range of healthy skin benefits from scar repair to collagen boost.
I PL Photo Facials : Gets rid of Dark spots , freckles and sun damage.
Chemical Peels
Scar & Stretch Mark Reduction
By Maxine Dean 11 Jan, 2018

Have you been looking for more reasons to enjoy red wine? There’s good news, because it really does provide you with a host of health benefits. Just remember to limit yourself to no more than five glasses of week (and certainly no more than two glasses a day.)

Red wine is so beneficial to health is due to its ingredients, it’s the flavonoid content which boosts your health.

  • Quercetin is known for its ability to impact heart disease, chronic disease, allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin disorders, gout, stomach ulcers, eye issues, cancer, and cognitive impairments.
  • Resveratrol is another key compound, and it is known for its ability to support the health of cells and tissues, protect against diabetes, promote circulation, fight oxidative stress, protect against cancer, prevent premature aging, and improve energy.

Just look at the following incredible health benefits of red wine!

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Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 18 Jan, 2018
Are you dreaming about warm, sunny days of summer?  We are, too. But did you know that  December through April is the BEST time for skin rejuvenation and laser treatments? 
So what are the best spa treatments to have in the winter. Here are some of the Top winter spa treatments offered at MaxAesthetics Skin care spa in Philadelphia.

During the winter, the days are shorter and the sun is less bright overhead. Everyone is already bundled up and covering their skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, and spending more time indoors. This makes winter perfect for lasers and skin rejuvenating treatments!

  • Lasers and light based treatments put A LOT of heat and energy into your skin, leaving it especially sensitive and more vulnerable to UV damage. Excess sun exposure after a laser treatment will intensify your skin's sensitivity, and may interfere with the results of your treatment! 
  • Lasers typically work best on skin that hasn't had recent sun exposure, and can't be used on sun burnt skin.  In the winter, most of us  are at our palest and have had enough time for our skin to recover from summer sun exposure.
  • Rejuvenating treatments like chemical peels, slough off dead skin to reveal new, fresher skin. This new skin is ultra photo-sensitive, so precautions need to be taken to avoid UV exposure in order to prevent hyperpigmentation or other issues.  Remember, sun damage is the biggest offender in causing the visible signs of aging!
Winter is the ideal time of year for the following spa treatments that may be affected by excess heat and sun exposure:
Laser Rejuvenation  such as laser Genesis will aid in tightening the skin and shrinking large pores for a softer smoother skin.
Laser Hair Removal  
Laser Vein Removal
Skin Resurfacing
Skin Lightening  : Winter may be the best time for skin lightening since the treatments required may be affected by sun exposure
Microneedling  : Microneedling offers a wide range of healthy skin benefits from scar repair to collagen boost.
I PL Photo Facials : Gets rid of Dark spots , freckles and sun damage.
Chemical Peels
Scar & Stretch Mark Reduction
By Maxine Dean 11 Jan, 2018

Have you been looking for more reasons to enjoy red wine? There’s good news, because it really does provide you with a host of health benefits. Just remember to limit yourself to no more than five glasses of week (and certainly no more than two glasses a day.)

Red wine is so beneficial to health is due to its ingredients, it’s the flavonoid content which boosts your health.

  • Quercetin is known for its ability to impact heart disease, chronic disease, allergies, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin disorders, gout, stomach ulcers, eye issues, cancer, and cognitive impairments.
  • Resveratrol is another key compound, and it is known for its ability to support the health of cells and tissues, protect against diabetes, promote circulation, fight oxidative stress, protect against cancer, prevent premature aging, and improve energy.

Just look at the following incredible health benefits of red wine!

By Maxine Dean 10 Jan, 2018
Along with other dark, green vegetables, spinach is loaded with the anti-oxidant vitamin C, which can increase collagen levels.  Spinach is also a  great source of beta-carotene and vitamin E,  as well as several other nutrients that help keep wrinkles at bay. It also has high levels of glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps, fight off inflammation and harmful free radicals that accelerate aging, including that which affects the skin and its appearance.  mThe anti-oxidant properties of spinach will fight against oxygen free radicals that helps prevent collagen from weakening.  

Spinach juices great, and has so many other health benefits that it really is a great choice in juicing. Spinach is  one of the best juicing greens for its health benefits, as it offers high levels of Vitamins A, C and K along with a major dose of iron, which is vital for production of hemoglobin.

By Maxine Dean 02 Jan, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they are going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet and every year thousands of people fail to follow through. Well, this year you are going to have some help!

We are giving you five tips to ensure that no matter what health-related New Year’s resolution you make you will have the greatest possible chance of seeing it through.

By Maxine Dean 27 Dec, 2017

Acne Prone Skin requires a balance of detoxification to reduce or kill the P acne bacteria, exfoliation to break down and remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, and calming ingredients to reduce inflammation , redness and the prevention of possible blemishes and even scars.

When you suffer with acne prone skin, choosing the right cleanser and other skin specific products can aid the process of ridding your skin of the bacteria that make their way into pores and lead to inflammatory breakouts and even infection. A thorough cleansing with the proper exfoliation also removes dead cells on the surface of your skin, which makes for better absorption of the acne product that follows cleansing.

The Top 5 Ingredients to look for in your acne cleanser and other acne products either for your face or your body are as follows:

1. Benzoyl Peroxide: is a topical antibiotic that kills Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne inflammation.  Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent due to its oxygenating property which moves oxygen into clogged pores thereby killing the P acne bacteria which cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment.

Benzoyl Peroxide products come in varying strengths ranging from 2.5% to 10 %. The percentage you will need may depend on the severity of your acne and the amount of bacteria in the skin.

2. Glycolic Acid: a form of alpha-hydroxy acid generally derived from sugar cane works to gently exfoliate dull skin cells, unclogging pores and aids in the regulation of sebum.

3. Salicylic Acid: is a keratolytic agent or exfoliant. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin ( salicylates ). It works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together and is an anti-inflammatory.

4. Echinacea Purpurea Extract : Herbal extract derived from the leaf; detoxifying, healing and is used as immune stimulant when taken internally.

5.Chamomile:  promotes healthy skin by relieving irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile’s flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper layers . As a traditional medicine, it’s been used for centuries to treat wounds, skin irritations, eczema, gout etc.


At MaxAesthetics Skin Care spa we utilize customized skin care products for acne that incorporate all of the above ingredients.

The Acne clear Cleanser incorporates a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide to kill acne bacteria fast resulting in detoxification.

The Acne Clear Convenient Acne Pads used to reduce oiliness incorporates both Glycolic and Salicylic acid to produce a mild  exfoliation that will balance oil production and reduce inflammation.

The Acne Clear Serum incorporates All elements of a great acne product. It kills bacteria, exfoliates and unclogs pores, it reduces inflammation and heals the skin thus reducing the chance for acne blemishes and scars to develop.



By Maxine Dean 21 Dec, 2017

Tomatoes get their skin boosting qualities from the antioxidant Lycopene. The lycopene in tomatoes is excellent at preventing UV damage to skin cells and their high vitamin A content supports healthy skin cell production to keep skin firm. Tomatoes are also very hydrating thanks to high water content.

Benefits of Lycopene:

  • Overall Skin Health
  • Skin Hydration
  • Boosts Protection from UV Damage
  • Heart Health
  • Bone Health
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Anti-Aging

The nutrients found in tomatoes are linked to prevention of the sticking together of blood platelets in the arteries, which helps reduce risks for stroke and heart attack. While lycopene is present in raw tomatoes, even more lycopene is liberated when tomatoes are subjected to mild heat. Cooking tomatoes doubles their lycopene power and maximizes their anti-aging effects

Best known for containing lycopene, which helps wipe out the harmful effects of UV rays, tomatoes are a great addition to your diet. Found also in watermelon, pink grapefruit, carrots, guava and red pepper, lycopene also boosts the vascular system, giving your cheeks a nice rosy color.
Lycopene is better absorbed by the body when it’s in the form of processed tomato products, such as tomato paste, pasta sauce, and ketchup, and when tomatoes are cooked. When eaten with foods containing beta-carotene, it’s absorbed even more by the body, which is lucky for us because tomatoes also contain beta-carotene. Tomatoes also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, mainly because they contain vitamin as well which helps produce collagen and plump up skin cells.

By Maxine Dean 14 Dec, 2017

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which is good for both the skin and for digestion. Bromelain is so good for the skin that it is often used as a topical agent in masks used to exfoliate and clear the skin!  The bromelian found in pineapples also support a healthy digestive system.  Similar to Papain (the enzyme found in Papayas), Bromelain helps with digestion, most important of which is protein. 

These juicy fruits are also rich in manganese, which is essential for activating a certain enzyme called prolidase. This enzyme provides the amino acids needed for the formation of collagen in the skin, providing you with healthy, youthful, radiant skin. 

 Pineapple supplies several important trace minerals, which are important in the synthesis of enzymes and immune bodies. Lack of sufficient mineral intake could lead to a compromised immune system with varied symptoms ranging from the lungs to the colon. 


By Maxine Dean 13 Dec, 2017
Making your own beauty products can be fun and exciting. Some of the easiest products to make at home are exfoliating scrubs. These products can usually be made with things that you have lying around your kitchen anyway. Let’s look at some of the best exfoliating scrub recipes that you can make at home.

If you're too busy to throw together a scrub at home, try the Microdermabrasion Scrub + Mask from MaxineDean Skin Care. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
If you’re looking for something to add to your diet that has major benefits bundled together, look no further. Blueberries, as well as raspberries, contain antioxidants, probiotics, anthocyanins, vitamins, polyphenols, and flavonoids. They truly are the whole package. Moreover, they help the skin regenerate new cells, which, slows the aging process. They also fight off free radicals while helping replenish the skin cells natural plumpness and elasticity. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
The common cold is not a life threatening disease and often goes away in a few days after running its course. However, a running nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, persistent sneezes, or coughs can leave you feeling miserable. Although nothing can cure a cold, some remedies may ease your symptoms while the infection lasts. 

When you're sick, your skin also suffers. A compromised immune system leads to you looking and feeling worn down. Dehydrated skin, red and irritated noses,  and a dull complexion are all common side effects of being sick with a cold. Taking care of your body as a whole will help improve your skin. 
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