In order to have a radiant and younger-looking face, you must remove dry, old and dead cells from your skin. One of the ways (and perhaps the best way) to do this is to exfoliate; you can do so by using a face scrub.
There are a lot of them available in the stores, but not all of them are safe. Some contain plastics, glycerin, phthalates, irritating fragrances, parabens and other harmful ingredients. These commercial products can inflict damage to your delicate facial skin so you need to be careful with all the things you apply to your face.
On the other, if you want to go natural, you can. Actually, do it yourself (DIY) homemade face scrubs are already popular since almost everything you need is probably found in your kitchen. It is easy and also fun to do if you want an activity.
But before anything else, you must remind yourself why you are exfoliating. You are not just doing it for the sake of copying your friends’ regimen. Remember that exfoliating gets rid of dead cells found on your skin.
These dead cells flake off in time, but some remain which causes your complexion to look rough and dull. Also, they clog your pores, and that results in acne and other blemishes. New skin cells need to be revealed, so the old and dead cells have to be eliminated in order to show your face’s true beauty.
If you are now convinced enough to exfoliate, here then are the top five best natural exfoliants you can try:
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this is usually the main ingredient found in a lot of expensive exfoliation products. It is also used in other products like deodorant, toothpaste and for haircare.
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid that stimulates new cell production; it breaks down a protein that causes dead cells to remain on your skin. Those considered to work best are pure cane sugar crystals. All you need to do is mix the sugar crystals with massage oil (can be grapeseed, olive, almond, jojoba, etc.) to make a paste.
This one has trace minerals that enable it to rejuvenate your skin, keep it moisturized and stimulate its cell growth. This one is ideal for those who have dry skin. Just mix it with lavender essential oil or any favorite massage oil to create a cream.
Considered as a very gentle exfoliant, this one is perfect for those who have sensitive skin. It can moisturize very well given that it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Make sure to finely ground it first before mixing it with honey and/or kefir (you can also use buttermilk or yogurt). Let it stay for 15 to 30 minutes after scrubbing it on your face in a circular motion before rinsing off.
It is just like yogurt, but with extra beneficial bacteria—around 40 times more. With kefir, you will see better results than by using yogurt. This one is also a natural source of lactic acid that soothes and hydrates your skin. Just like with oatmeal, let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes after application. Rinse and wash as usual. After several days, you will surely notice your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Raw honey is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It kills skin infections like acne. It also hydrates and lessens inflammation of skin. You can mix it with other exfoliants mentioned above in order to boost its anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits.
If not all, most of these natural exfoliants are surely in your kitchen right now. So grab whichever you prefer, or mix the ingredients together, apply to your face, rinse, wash, and there, you have just exfoliated your face for a new and fresh layer of skin!