Dazzling DIY Facial Scrubs for Radiant Skin

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Practiced by the ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago, exfoliation is simply the process of removing dry and/or dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin.

Without an intentional, manual exfoliation process, exfoliation will occur naturally over the course of approximately a one-month period. Depending upon a person’s age and skin condition, the process can take longer, but one month is a good rule of thumb.

Two Methods of Exfoliation

There are two basic methods for exfoliating your skin: mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical exfoliation involves the manual, physical removal of dry and dead skin cells utilizing tools such as loofahs, brushes, salt, sugar crystals, or other types of abrasives.

Chemical exfoliation involves utilizing different acids and enzymes such as citric acid, malic acid, glycolic acid, etc. to disintegrate dry and dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin.

 Why Exfoliate?

Because it’s good for your skin!  In order to increase blood circulation, remove dirt, remove dry, dead, or damaged skin cells, and to encourage new, healthy skin cells to develop, exfoliation is essential.  Exfoliating our skin 1-2 times per week will help ensure that your skin is healthier, brighter, younger, and rejuvenated.

Unfortunately, most commercial facial scrubs that are available on the market today are expensive.  This makes it difficult and cost prohibitive for some to do on a regular basis.

Because these scrubs have been scientifically formulated, there is certianly a benefit to utilizing them, however, there are some things that you can do yourself, in the comfort of your own home to properly exfoliate your skin.

Allow me to present to you these effective and inexpensive facial scrubs that I have personally tested with great results.  I have to say, they are very easy to make, the ingredients are inexpensive, and for the most part may already be found in your household.

1. Brown Sugar & Honey Facial Scrub

Brown sugar contains glycolic acid and is therefore, a natural exfoliator. Glycolic acid is a small, water-soluble molecule that easily penetrates the skin.  In addition to helping with acne, it works to both reduce pores and help minimize wrinkles.

Honey has amazing antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Applying honey to your face helps mitigate acne and various signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Honey also has excellent moisturizing properties and is extremely soothing for the skin.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of raw honey

Directions: Mix all ingredients well and place in an airtight glass container for storage and future use. Moisten your face and apply a nickel-size amount of scrub. Massage very gently using circular motions. Concentrate more on your forehead and nose area. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a towel.

2. Lemon Sugar Scrub

Due to the many benefits (both internally and externally) of lemon juice, lemon really is the magic ingredient for this particular scrub. First, lemon contains Vitamin C and citric acid.  Together, these lighten your skin, bleach out freckles and help reduce dark spots. Moreover, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties. Lemon can also help reduce the secretion of oils and can kill pimple causing bacteria.

White sugar serves as both a mechanical and a chemical exfoliator. The abrasiveness of the sugar crystals coupled with the glycolic acid helps to clear dry and dead cells from your skin.

Much like honey, olive oil is extremely effective as a moisturizer and will help keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Olive oil contains Vitamin E and polyphenols that work to neutralize free radicals and keep your skin looking young and beautiful!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients well and place in an airtight glass container for storage and future use. Moisten your face and apply a nickel-size amount of scrub. Massage very gently using circular motions. Concentrate more on your forehead and nose area. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a towel.

3. Cucumber Baking Soda Scrub

Cucumber consists of 95% water and acts as a natural moisturizer that both softens and soothes your skin. Other beneficial properties of cucumber include removing excess oil, firming and tightening, and leaving your skin feeling fresh and cool.

Baking soda has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help with skin rashes, itchiness, sunburns and acne. In addition, baking soda will help balance the pH level of your skin, and act as a mechanical exfoliator to remove dry and damaged cells for toned, clear skin.

In recent years, coconut oil has become extremely popular as a natural skin moisturizer, but most people don’t realize that it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties to keep our face looking flawless.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of cucumber puree
  • 1 tbsp of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients well and place in an airtight glass container for storage and future use. Moisten your face and apply a nickel-size amount of scrub. Massage very gently using circular motions. Concentrate more on your forehead and nose area. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a towel.

Conclusion

These DIY Facial Scrubs will leave your skin super moisturized, soft, and silky to the touch! The application process is extremely easy and unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you shouldn’t experience any rash or redness after use.

Whether you decide to try just one or all three of these DIY facial scrubs, please make sure to follow these general tips:

  • Exfoliate no more than 1-2 times per week
  • Do not apply makeup directly after exfoliating
  • Avoid using if allergic to any of the ingredients
  • To assess sensitivity, try testing the mixture(s) on a small part of your skin before applying to to your face
  • Store the scrubs in the fridge for cooling and refreshing effect
  • For better results, apply a high quality moisturizer after exfoliating

I hope you found this post to be beneficial for both you and your skin! Happy exfoliating!

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