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.
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?