Before I tell you about five best homemade exfoliants, l will tell you first why you need to exfoliate your skin and how often you should exfoliate.
Why you need to exfoliate your skin: Exfoliating your skin not only gets rid of all the dead skin cells that make your complexion look dull and rough, but it also unclogs your skin pores by removing all the oil and dirt that live in your pores which can otherwise trigger acne breakouts. Face and body exfoliation also improves blood circulation, which gives your skin a healthy and youthful glow. It also makes your moisturizer and skin care treatments penetrate better and can delay your skin aging process.
Why homemade exfoliants: The face and body exfoliators available on the market often contain harsh chemicals and laboratory formulated ingredients. They are also expensive enough to pinch deeply on your pocket. But don’t worry. In this article, I will tell you about some great natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen or neighborhood stores, which you can use to make some very effective exfoliants at home. Some of these ingredients, you will observe are in fact used in formulating many pricy, brand-name exfoliants.
How often you should exfoliate: Exfoliating your skin two to three times in a week is enough.
Procedure to use homemade scrubs: Always wash your face first with warm water to cleanse your face prior to using the homemade exfoliant recipes. This will soften your skin and ensures a clean facial surface. Using your fingers apply and rub the scrub onto your face or skin in circular motions. Let it sit on your skin for about 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and remember to apply a good moisturizer or sunscreen afterwards. This will protect your skin when you go out in the sun.
Homemade exfoliating scrubss: The homemade face and body scrub are basically a mixture of coarse and moist ingredients mingled to make a rough mixture. Your skin type, whether dry, oily or sensitive will determine which ingredients are best to use. However, many ingredients can be used on all types of skin.
Here are our recommended best five best homemade natural exfoliants, which you can make by using the natural ingredients available in your kitchen.
1. Baking Soda Exfoliator: Baking Soda on skin works as a very effective natural exfoliant. The grains in baking soda are just the perfect size to do this job. Just mix a teaspoon of baking soda (less if you have sensitive or mature skin) with water to make a paste. Gently rub it onto your skin and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, before rinsing it off.
A variation is to add a bit of sea salt as well to the paste. If you feel irritation you can add in some olive oil as well to sooth inflammation.
2. Sugar Facial Scrub: Granulated sugar acts as a natural exfoliant for face and your skin. Try these sugar-scrub recipes:
(i) Honey Sugar Scrub: Mix one tea spoon of granulated sugar (white or brown) with half tea spoon of honey, which has powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and a little bit of lemon juice for cleansing purpose to make a natural honey sugar exfoliant. Mix it well. If the mixture is loose, add a little more sugar. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alphy hydroxyl acid. This helps in removing dead cells and boosting new skin cells fabrication as well as smoothing and softening of your skin.
(ii) Mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup of ground almond with whole milk to make a thick paste. Rub this paste onto your face and body. Let it remain there for 15 minutes and scrub off gently to regain natural glow on your face and skin.
3. Oatmeal Facial Scrub – Good for sensitive skin: It is a cheap natural exfoliant which not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but it also absorbs and removes surface dirt while leaving your skin hydrated and nourished. Given its gentle and anti-inflammatory nature, it is best for those who have sensitive skin. It also works to soothe and heal everything from acne to sunburn to dry skin.
(i) Hydrating Honey Oatmeal Facial: Mix 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal with one tablespoon of honey to make paste. Rub it onto your face and neck. Let it remain there for 15 minutes then rinse it off.
(ii) Finely grind a cup of oatmeal in a blender, then mix thoroughly it with one cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of honey in a small bowl to make a smooth paste. Apply and rub this paste onto your face and skin and leave it on for 15 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.
(iii) Make a paste of ground oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil. Gently rub onto your skin in circular motions and let it remain thereon for five to ten minutes and then rinse it off.
4. Homemade Coffee Scub: Coffee works as a potent natural exfoliant, which has anti-inflammatory properties and capacity to boost collagen production. Mix one tablespoon of coarsely ground coffee with one tablespoon of water or olive oil. In case you are using olive oil to make the paste, then do not apply any moisturizer afterwards as olive oil will work as a moisturizer.
5. Lemon Sugar Scrub: Lemon juice, like other citrus juices, contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA). The exfoliants available on the market often contain AHA. Mix two table spoons of lemon juice with ground sugar to form a thick paste and rub it onto your skin and let it sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse it of your face with warm water.
Try the above homemade exfoliants to see what works best for you. Also there is no perfect combination ratio for the above ingredients. It’s just trial and error to see which one suits you.
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