5 Exfoliating Scrubs You Can Make At Home

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune on exfoliating gels, scrubs or creams. Natural ingredients can help improve your skin – so it’s time to raid your kitchen cupboards.

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Here are 5 simple concoctions that should help you feel like you’ve had a course of microdermabrasion.

1. Lemon and sugar

To make your own exfoliating product simply mix lemon juice with sugar and get scrubbing. It might sound strange, but lemon is actually extremely good for your skin and has many anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-aging properties. It’s also loaded with vitamin C (which your skin needs) and contains enzymes thought to improve an oily complexion. What’s more the sugar helps draw moisture into the skin and the fine grains work to remove dead skin cells.

2. Honey and oatmeal

You might get a little messy with this mixture, but it can do wonders for your skin. The great thing about oats is they’re ideal for sensitive skin and are thought to heal and soothe irritations. They also work as a natural abrasive and can be ground up really smooth or left flaky for a rougher mixture. Honey is also a soothing product and helps keep the skin hydrated, so why not give this recipe a go?

3. Coffee ground and olive oil

This concoction is thought to reduce the effects of aging and could compliment a course of Botox. Olive oil has been used in beauty products for many centuries and its antioxidants are believed to keep the skin soft and supple. It was used as a sun cream by the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and is still one of the main ingredients in many branded products today. Coffee is a natural abrasive and will help unblock pores. It’s also thought to be antibacterial and seems to work well on sensitive skin.

4. Ground almonds and yoghurt

A good exfoliating product should have a course texture as this will help remove dry skin and dead cells. Ground almonds are a brilliant abrasive and contain vitamin E which works to nourish and soften the skin. They can be used on most skin types and should leave you with a soft, non-greasy complexion. The lactic acid in milk is thought to get rid of dead skin cells and this in turn should help clear up blackhead, spots and acne.

5. Sea salt and water

If you want to create a really simple product, simply combine sea salt with water and get scrubbing. Warm water will help open your pores and the fine grains of salt will exfoliate your body. Combining salt with a sticky product such as honey is also effective, but if just want a quick solution to better skin, sea salt and water is ideal.

So there you have it, five natural exfoliating products that you can mix up in your own home, have you got any others which you have tried making yourself?

 

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At Home Skin Care for Babes on a Budget

In today’s economic climate, it comes as no surprise that you might want to tighten your purse strings a bit…but just because you’re pinching a few pennies doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your beauty.  And as it turns out, you don’t have to dish out the big bucks at the most expensive makeup counters in order to get products to maintain your gorgeous self either…you will find the ingredients you need waiting for you at your neighborhood grocer’s…or maybe they are already in your kitchen!
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With these following at home skin care tricks for the cash-conscious gal, you can save money and still indulge in the pampering you deserve:

Exfoliate.  Exfoliating is an essential part of any good skin care routine that should be used regularly to remove dead skin cells, toxins and other deposits on your skin that could lead to a dull or blemish ridden complexion.  Here’s how to whip up your own sugar/salt exfoliating wash:

  • Simply pour ¼ cup of either sugar or table salt into a small container and then mix in enough olive oil to blend the ingredients together.  Stir the mixture, rub it on your skin using circular motions, rinse thoroughly…and voila:  smooth, rejuvenated skin!

Cleanse.  It is important to wash your skin twice a day to maintain its health and protect in the fight against blemishes and aging.  To keep your face clean without breaking the bank you can make cleansing masks at home:

  • Mix plain yogurt with honey, apply to your face for 10 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
  • Another great mask is achieved by beating one egg yolk until frothy then adding ½ cup of both milk and a mashed avocado.  Mix until it is the consistency of a lotion, let sit on your face for 10 minutes and rinse.

Moisturize.  To keep your skin looking young and healthy, you’ve got to make sure it stays soft and smooth by hydrating it properly.  To do this, it is crucial that you moisturize daily.  For girls trying to save a buck or two and making their own moisturizer at home comes the added benefit of allowing which natural ingredients are included—this is helpful in avoiding irritation that can be caused by harsh products found on store shelves.  Here are some at-home moisturizing tricks:

  • Moisturizing exfoliation mask:  You will need 1/3 cup of oatmeal, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, one egg white and ½ cup of hot water.  Mix the water and oatmeal, then allow to cool and thicken while you mix the remaining ingredients with a mixer.  Combine both and apply the mixture to your face.  Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water to reveal softer skin.
  • You can also squeeze a small, dime-sized drop of honey into your palms and mix with your regular face wash to give yourself a deep-moisture treatment!

Tighten.  We all want the kind of skin that looks airbrushed like the models right off the pages of a fashion magazine.  Luckily you can achieve similar results without scheduling an appointment with a plastic surgeon.  Here’s how:

  • Whip two chilled egg whites and then slowly add 1/8 teaspoon of cornstarch.  Apply the mask to your face and rinse off after 20 minutes.
  • If your eyes are tired and puffy, there is a way to tighten those as well.  Steep two chamomile tea bags in warm water, then place in the fridge to cool.  Squeeze excess liquid from the tea bags and place over your eyes for 5 minutes.

 

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