An Easy DIY Pick-Me-Up (your face will thank you)

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My friend Lesia (pronounced La-sha) is the kind of person that literally brightens up a room the second she enters it. This woman exudes a happy glow that’s proven to be contagious.

When we get together, we usually block out a whole afternoon, as we have the kind of conversations that need time…for backstory, analysis, and a lot of digression. We also like to fit in little mini-adventures around Portland, which have included a hike through Forest Park, a wander through the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a trip with our guys to nearby Sauvie Island, and a photo session at the beautiful downtown library, which we did for this blog post.


A few days ago Lesia shared a homemade recipe for a Lemon Scrub. I don’t write about ‘beauty’ topics much, (or really ever) but it sounded so simple and rejuvenating I wanted to share it here with you guys. Recently I tossed the drugstore scrub I had been using for ages, as I came across more than one article on how its ingredients are actually damaging for your skin. (It was the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, if you’re curious.) I’ve been keeping my eye out for a replacement, but high-quality scrubs can be stupidly expensive, and I’ve been wanting to try something that’s truly made with natural ingredients.

Enter Lesia’s Lemon Scrub:

1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Cup Sugar
Mix liquids until creamy then add sugar.
Full of antioxidants, healthy fats, brightens skin and leaves it feeling super soft.

Easy, right? I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll be travelling this week to Chicago to spend the holidays with family, and between the airplane time and possible over-indulging in all things tasty, I’m sure my skin will be in need of a pick-me-up when I get back. The best part is, my kitchen cupboards already have everything I need to whip this up.

Could also be an awesome DIY gift if you’re looking for last-minute ideas!

Thanks, Lesia. I hope 2016 (and the lemon scrub) helps me glow as much as you do.

12294700_10102421934905057_6433449643876760452_nHappy Monday, friends. :)

xo ~C.

(Photos by Lesia. You can see more of her work here.)


5 responses

  1. I was just talking with a friend the other day about using more lemon in DIY skincare (helps with lightening dark spots apparently). This is something I would definitely try to make at home, for myself and to give as gifts! Thank you and happy holidays!

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