Everyone loves skin that is clear, smooth and glowing. Yes, we love radiant skin and one of the best ways to get it to ensure you exfoliate the dead skin regularly. Did you know that there are best natural exfoliants for your skin that are completely chemical-free? These natural exfoliants for your skin can also be made with ingredients that are readily available at your home.
Why should you exfoliate?
Our skin has the ability to naturally exfoliate its dead cells, but as we grow older, the cycle of regeneration and shedding gradually slows down. Younger skin takes roughly a month a to shed the dead skin, but as we grow older, it takes at least 3 months or more depending on the age and skin health to completely shed the skin.
How do you choose exfoliants for your skin?
It is recommended that all skin types should exfoliate their skin. It comes with a lot of benefits that includes boosting the circulation and adding a glow to the skin. There are a lot of exfolaiting creams and gels available in the market, if you do have to choose one go for a completely natural or organic option that won’t cause any damage to your skin. Some of my recommended products are this wonder lavender infused body scrub and this very interesting scrub with black rice. Both these variants are from Juicy Chemistry.
Best Natural Exfoliants For Skin
Did you know that you can make some of the best natural exfoliants for your skin right at home, with ingredients tha are readily available in the kitchen. You can use spices, plant based ingredients and create natural scrub recipes that your skin will love. The good part of creating these at home? You know what you are using in comparison to a store bought product.
How can you make a natural exfoliant at home?
Natural exfoliants are made by combing two or more ingredients depending on what your sin actually needs. You can make an exfoliant out of just one substance or combine several, depending on what your skin requires. Some of the ingredients that you need to make a scrub are:
- A scrub ingredient: This is the base of the scrub and it will help to exfoliate the dead skin. You need to choose something that is soft and gentle on the skin that won’t cause abrasions. Some examples are ground oats, finely granulated white or brown sugar, sea salt, ground coffee beans and ground almonds.
- A mix base: This will give your scrub a smooth texture. Water, rose water, milk, yogurt, carrier oils, pure olive or coconut oil are some examples of a base.
- Essential Oils: You can use a variety of essential oils as per what your skin needs. Peppermint, tea-tree, lavender and orange are some of the commonly used essential oils.
Home-made recipes of natural exfoliants
Here are a few helpful recipes you can easily put together at home. But remember, it’s important to do a small patch test first to make sure the ingredients suit your skin and to avoid any allergic reactions.
Honey is a widely used natural ingredient in skincare because of its antibacterial, antioxidant, humectant, and soothing properties. It helps to keep skin looking young and also provides deep nourishment to the skin. When uses as a base, honey can be combined with a lot of ingredients and can be used as one of the natural exfoliants for your skin.
Try one of these combinations:
Honey with lemon and sugar
Blend together half a cup each of finely granulated brown sugar and coconut oil with 4 tablespoons of organic honey, preferably raw & 4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Want to add a variation to this? Add two drops of your favourite essential oil and blend it really well. Apply on the face and neck and scrub in small circular movements to remove old skin cells and cellular debris. This will also help to boost the blood circulation. Rinse your face with lukewarm water once you are done. Pat dry with a soft towel and follow up with a gentle moisturiser if needed.
How this scrub helps? – When you exfoliate your skin with this scrub, it will leave your skin feeling soft and youthful. Essential oils help to cleanse and tone the skin. Lemon juice helps to reduce tan.
Honey and oats
Take equal amount of organic honey and powdered oats. Mix together and apply on your face and neck, massage and leave for about 10 minutes. Rinse off the mix with lukewarm water.
Almonds and honey
Mix together 2 tablespoons of finely ground almonds with 1 tablespoon of pure almond or coconut oil. To this add 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil ( if you have oily skin) and blend well. Add some rose water to make a slightly runny paste and use as a scrub on your face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Do you have a favourite remedy to exfoliate your skin? Do you have a favourite recipe that your skin totally loves? Share your recipes with me in the comments and I would love to share them on my social media with due credit to you!