Say goodbye to dull, dry skin and reveal the healthier skin beneath with a natural skin exfoliator. Exfoliating removes any dirt, grease and dead skin cells from the top layers of skin, leaving your face soft and glowing. Homemade skin exfoliants are cheap and easy to make, plus you can feel better knowing exactly what you are putting on your skin.
It may sound like a strange ingredient to use on your face, but many natural beauty bloggers swear by using simple Bicarbonate of Soda as a way to deep cleanse your skin. Simply mix a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda with half a teaspoon of water to make a paste. Then smooth it over your face, avoiding the eye area. Massage your skin in small circles and then wash off with warm water for amazingly smooth, fresh skin.
Skin Exfoliants Good Enough to Eat!
Other ingredients for face masks to deal with lifeless skin can be found in your kitchen, including:
Oatmeal is perfect for most skin types since it’s soft texture won’t scratch or irritate your skin. It also contains compounds that can soothe dry, itchy skin. You can use it alone with some water as a gentle exfoliator, or try combining it with other ingredients to make a rich mask.
Papaya contains enzymes which naturally break down oils and dead skin cells to reveal fresh glowing skin beneath. Face masks made with pure papaya will not only exfoliate, but also brighten and nourish your skin. Mash papaya pulp and apply it to your face, leaving for fifteen minutes before washing off. You can also make a nourishing exfoliating mask by mixing three tablespoons of papaya with two teaspoons of natural yoghurt and one teaspoon of honey.
Natural yoghurt includes lactic acid which is a great skin exfoliator. It also adds moisture to the top layers of your skin. When making a mask with yoghurt only use natural, unflavoured yoghurt with no sweeteners or flavourings, as these processed yoghurts do not work as well. Try combining yoghurt with oatmeal for very dry skin, or yoghurt with honey for oily skin.
Last, but certainly not least, is honey. Honey is a superfood, which means it is extremely rich in nutrients. It is a great all-rounder in natural skincare. Honey also has antibiotic properties, making it ideal for people who are troubled by acne. To get the best benefits, you should mix honey with other ingredients in a mask and leave on your skin for roughly fifteen minutes.
Try combining a few of the above ingredients to create an exfoliant that works well for your individual skin type. You can also add a couple of drops of avocado oil to any mask recipe to give it an extra boost.
When applying homemade skin exfoliants never scrub your skin too hard. Rather, use a gentle, circular motion to massage the mask on your face. Remove with a warm, wet cloth and finish by applying a good quality moisturizer to get a healthy glow!
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