Exfoliating your face is a beneficial part of a regular beauty routine. It sloughs off the dead skin cells allowing the new and healthy skin underneath to shine through, resulting in a bright and youthful glow.
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Another benefit of exfoliation is that it unclogs the pores which can get blocked by excess oil, resulting in blackheads and pimples.
There are many products available on the market that you can use for a facial scrub, but most of these contain micro beads which are made from plastic and can be harsh on the skin, not to mention damaging to the environment.
The good news is there are some kitchen ingredients that are extremely effective for use on your skin. Plus there's the added bonus of knowing exactly what is going in to your skin cleanser. Here is my list of the top 5 natural skin exfoliants.
Sugar Sugar scrubs are great for the body and face. Sugar naturally contains glycolic acid which is said to help prevent fine lines. Here is a great cinnamon vanilla sugar scrub.
Salt Salt is a great add in option for those who don't like the residual stickiness of a sugar scrub. Try a skin softening salt and mint scrub.
Oats Oats are great for absorbing excess oil in the skin. Simply put a few tablespoons of oats in a food processor and grind until it turns into a fine powder.
Coffee Ground coffee is great for perking up tired skin and adding a caffeine boost. You can find a coffee scrub recipe here.
Bi Carb Soda Not just great for environmentally friendly cleaning, but also fabulous as an exfoliaant, resulting in a fresh feel to the skin.
To make a scrub which nourishes dry skin, just add one of the above ingredients to a carrier oil like sweet almond or olive oil. Alternatively, if dealing with acne prone or oily skin mix with water if preferred. You will only need to mix a tablespoon or two of the kitchen components to a dribble of the oil or water. You will need it to be a paste consistency.
Rinse off well with water and enjoy your fresh and youthful appearance.