Everyone want to have a healthy and beautiful skin that glows all the time and gives your personality a unique and nice look. Older skin cells are constantly “dying” and then being replaced by new skin cells which contain keratin. As we age, the layer of dead cells tends to build up, creating a rough layer of skin which obscures the fresh, young skin underneath. Exfoliation is important to remove dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Exfoliation not only remove the surface layer of the skin, which contains dead cells, dirt and secretions of the body, but also reveal a new skin, soft and supple. By removing impurities from the skin, exfoliation will help get rid of problems such as ingrown hairs and infected pimples, skin infections and so forth.
Exfoliating your skin doesn’t have to be expensive. You may find cheaper yet highly effective ingredients in your own home. Some natural exfoliating ingredients you may easily find are:
1. Sugar is a common ingredient used in many DIY face scrub recipes.
Mix 1 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup oil (almond is best, but any vegetable oil may be used) until well blended. Then add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil for fragrance, if desired. Apply the mixture to wet skin with hands, washcloth, loofah, sponge or bath glove, gently rubbing in a circular motions. Wash it off with water.
2. Salt is a common ingredient used in in many homemade facial scrub. Research has shown that dead sea salt is effective for treating a variety of skin problems including psoriasis, eczema and acne. The high concentration of magnesium found in dead sea salt helps improve skin hydration and reduce inflammation. Further research into dead sea salt benefits has also indicated a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkle formation.
To make a sea salt face scrub, just combine 1 tablespoon sea salt with 1 teaspoon organic olive oil in a small bowl. Wet your hands and face, and apply the mixture to your face. Gently massage for about 1 minute and then rinse thoroughly.
3. Cornmeal, like oatmeal, is a gentle face scrub ingredient that won’t irritate skin and is one of nature’s best moisturizer. Cornmeal is also brilliant for absorbing T-zone oil so your skin feels refreshed and baby soft after use.
For oily skin type, add just enough water to a small amount of finely ground cornmeal to make a paste. Gently massage the paste on your face and then rinse off. If you want to use cornmeal as a body scrub, then mix it with some organic coconut oil.
You can also combine 2 tablespoon cornmeal, oatmeal and wheat germ with a little water. This healing and relaxing exfoliating facial scrub is excellent for people with sensitive skin.
For sensitive skin type, 1/2 cup oatmeal (for finer scrub you can blend into powder) then mix it with 1 tbs.honey(if you use ground up oats you may want to adjust honey)
Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Gently massage into skin. Let scrub sit on skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Rinse with warm water.
4. Baking Soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate) is one of the kitchen ingredient used to exfoliating scrub
First steam the face. Mix 4 tsp baking soda and one cup of hot water and stir well. Apply to the face and strip until the entire face is covered. Leave the mask on for approximate 10 minutes until it cools off. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. The mask is good for deep cleansing of the pores and helpful in to get rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and oil.