The thought of having dead skin cells on our body can be gory. The best way to let go of these things and give your skin a chance to breathe is exfoliating. The skin shades dead at least every 30 days, and that’s why exfoliation is essential. When these dead cells shade, it leads to dryness and a flaky feel on the face. Exfoliation can be done in the natural or chemical form; because our skins are delicate, it is better to avoid a chemical form of exfoliation. Most chemical exfoliators contain harsh products that affect the skin. What better way to rejuvenate your skin than to use a natural exfoliator?
Natural DIY exfoliators
1. SUGAR SCRUB
Before using a sugar scrub, remember to avoid the eye region, as sugar particles in the eyes can cause redness and irritation. Sugar is one of the best scrubs for people with sensitive skin. Scrub gently as it can be abrasive on the skin. It is best not to use sugar directly alone on the skin. Always remember to dilute your sugar in honey before use. Sugar scrubs can be used on the face, elbows, knees, and other dry patches on the skin. Use granulated sugar as it is already processed and has no extra lumps or roughness that injures the skin.
The gospel of oats cannot be preached enough. Oatmeal works as a cleanser and an exfoliator for all skin types. It’s gentle and smooth on the skin. It reduces inflammation and other skin diseases but works even better as an exfoliator. Unlike different types of exfoliators, you can keep the oatmeal for a longer time; it is dry and can survive without refrigeration. Oats can also be used for full-body exfoliation. The best type of oat to use on your skin is the proper ground one, and this can be gotten from our online store.
Coffee is high on antioxidants and works perfectly for the skin as an exfoliator. It easily scrubs off dead skin cells due to its dryness. It is best to use adequately ground coffee to get the antimicrobial properties to work into the skin. Coffee promotes collagen formation and also rejuvenation on the skin. It also helps the skin get rid of stretch marks because it treats cellulite. Use the coffee scrub once or twice a week, and always remember to throw in a moisturiser at the end of it.
The first thought that comes with milk is how smoothly it goes down the throat. Now imagine this smoothness on the body or face, too, as an exfoliator. When we use milk as an exfoliator, the lactic acid moisturises the skin and helps get rid of dead skin cells. How to use it? Wash your face with milk, leave it on the skin for a few minutes and then wash off. You can also make a thick milk paste and slowly rub it around your face, wash it off with warm water and moisturise while the front is still damp. Milk is the perfect gentle exfoliant for your skin.
Honey is another gentle exfoliant that works wonders on every skin type. It helps unclog the pores and gives your skin a radiant and glowing look. It heals the skin and speeds up healing, especially if you have a skin condition like eczema. Always reach out for unpasteurised honey to take off the dead skin cells. You can use honey alone as an exfoliant; there are other ways like adding sugar or lemon to your honey for a face exfoliant. Apply on the face and leave to sit for about 20 minutes. When washing off the honey with water, gently scrub your skin and always moisturise at the end of the process.
You can mix honey with either coffee, sugar, oat, yoghurt or cinnamon to give your skin a radiant glow. If you are allergic to pollen, bee or celery, please choose another exfoliant.
6. SEA SALT
If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use brown sugar and avoid sea salt as an exfoliant. Salt is a natural exfoliant that helps to get rid of dead skin cells. To use, mix a teaspoon of sea salt with olive oil or coconut oil and work it gently into the skin. If you have to use salt as an exfoliator, it is best to use sea salt or Epsom salt on your skin. It can also be used as an all-around body scrub.
Always remember to use a moisturiser when you use an exfoliator on your skin. Exfoliate two or three times a week, depending on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, use an exfoliator once or twice a week.
Which of these DIY exfoliant have you tried before? Let us know!