It’s just freaking surprising that most ladies don’t know what skin exfoliating means – freaking unbelievable. Last week I made it a compulsory task to canvas 10 ladies about skin exfoliating, to my greatest dismay none of them knew what it meant. When I asked what their daily beauty regimen was, most of them said all they do is apply make-ups and store bought beauty cream. Boy you will go nut if you get to know how much most ladies spend on these store bought beauty products – it’s so sickening how much they have being brain washed to believe that these expensive beauty product actually works. Have you ever taken the time to read the labels on these products, irrespective of the claims that they were made for natures ingredient – all I see when I read them is a bunch of chemicals I can hardly pronounce. How you look on the outside is greatly influenced by what you eat and may be a little of what you apply. Without much ado, if you are still wondering what skin exfoliating means – firstly you need to know that dead skin accumulates on the skin overtime and if left will make you skin look dull, rough and ugly. Exfoliating your skin get rid of dead skin cell, unclogs your skin pores by getting rid of dirt and oil that accumulates on your face over time – these dirt most times leads to acne breakout. When exfoliation is done properly, it aids other skin care products to penetrate easily – helps improve blood circulation and gives the skin a healthy and vibrant glow. If you are wondering how often you should exfoliate your skin – please don’t overdo it, two or three times daily is ok. Over doing it can bruise your skin.
For this piece my focus is on homemade exfoliators, which I recommends over – store bought exfoliator. Store bought exfoliators eat deep into your pocket and the worst of it all is that you are getting all unknown chemical on your skin. So, why don’t you save your money and stick to something you are sure of, at least you made it yourself and the ingredients used are 100% natural.
Before I get into the procedures on how to prepare your home made scrubs, let me clear the air on how to go about it the right way. Before you apply any homemade mask, wash your face properly with warm water or do a hot water steam – this will help cleanse your face and make it receptive to the mask. With the aid of your fingers apply the mask and massage in a circular motion. When you are done massaging, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water. Then apply your choice moisturizer, my personal preference is coconut oil. This helps protect your skin from the direct effect of sun light. The idea behind the homemade exfoliating scrubs is to create a rough mixture of coarse and moist ingredients to aid scrubbing off dead skin cell from the skin. The mixture you chose totally depends on your skin type.
Here are few of my recommended homemade natural exfoliates, which you can easily make with the ingredient found in your kitchen.
Baking soda has numerous benefits that will wow you – the amazing thing is that its cheat. It is also an effective skin exfoliate. To use baking soda to exfoliate your skin – simply add few drops of water to ½ tsp of baking soda – baking soda dissolves easily in water, to make a paste of it, just add few drops of water. Gently massage this paste on your face and leave for about 5 to 10 minutes. You might fill a little bit irritated, just few drops of olive oil to soothe any inflammation. Rinse off afterwards. Little bit of sea salt can be added to it, but that’s totally up to you.
Sugar Facial Scrub:
Granulated sugar is an excellent natural exfoliator for the face and skin. A simple sugar recipe will call ¼ cup of sugar, ½ cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup of ground almond and whole milk. Mix all the ingredient to make a paste. Apply the paste on your face and body. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing off. The second alternative to try out is the honey sugar scrub. Mix one teaspoon of granulated sugar with half tea spoon of honey. I included honey because honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, while sugar is an excellent source of glycolic acid, an alphy-hydroxyl acid which helps in removing dead skin cells while boosting new skin cells growth – add a little lemon to the mix for its cleansing property. Mix thoroughly and apply on face. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before washing off. Pat dry.
Oatmeal Facial Scrub:
Oatmeal is my personal favorite exfoliator. It works quite well in removing surface dirt, leaving the skin hydrated and nourished. If you have a sensitive skin I fully recommend oat meal. It’s gentle and mild on skin and helps heal everything from acne to sunburn – to dry skin. The first oat meal recipe on my list is the honey and oat meal facial scrub. Start by mixing ½ cups of grounded oatmeal with one tablespoon of honey to form a paste. Apply the paste on your face and neck. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, rinse off and pat dry. Secondly, oatmeal goes quite well with plain yogurt and honey. Start by grinding one cup of oat meal in a blender. Then add one cup of plain yogurt, not sweetened – and two tablespoons of honey, mix thoroughly in a bowl to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste on your face, you can extend it further to your neck and shoulders. Leave it for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Homemade Coffee Scrub:
Coffee can also be used as a natural exfoliator – it has anti-inflammatory properties and the capacity to boost collagen production. Simply mix one tablespoon of coarse coffee ground with one tablespoon water or coconut oil. If you add coconut oil to scrub, then you don’t need moisturize afterward, because coconut oil is a natural moisturizer.
Lemon Sugar Scrub:
This is one of my favourite facial scrub recipes. Lemon is an excellent source of alpha hydroxyl acid. If you are quite observant you will notice that the same acid is being used most store bought exfoliators in the market. Simply mix two table spoons of lemon juice with grounded sugar to form a paste. With your fingers apply the paste in a circular motion on your face. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.