Our skin is exposed to the elements daily, and we frequently don’t realize it. It accumulates dirt, oil, and buildup from our routine activities. Although your skin naturally sheds dead cells every month, sometimes they don’t do so entirely. A complete skincare routine should include exfoliating at least twice a week. You can do that at home with natural ingredients or use a commercial brand. Today, we're going to teach you some natural exfoliating tips to exfoliate skin at home.
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of your skin to let new cells come out and grow. It refines pores, smooths skin texture, and lightens dark spots. Here are six simple ways to exfoliate naturally:
Soak your body with water and then take a handful of sugar or salt in your palm. Add some oil for moisture if needed, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, etc. Then apply the mixture on your skin and gently massage in circles to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. This method is best if you need to exfoliate your whole body and want a refreshing scrub.
To make this mask, take half of a banana and mash it up in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of honey and some milk (if needed). For extra moisturizing benefits, add an egg yolk instead of milk. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
The alkaline nature of baking soda works as a gentle exfoliant that can be used on all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Take some baking soda in your palm, add water, and make a fine paste. Apply this on your skin and scrub gently in circular motions. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 5 to 10 minutes.
To begin, heat up ½ cup of sugar in a pan over a low flame until it's golden brown, being careful not to burn it. When it cools down, mix in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and apply to your skin where you want to remove hair. When the mixture is warm, peel it up with a waxing strip.
Honey has antibacterial properties that can help heal acne scars and marks on the skin. To make this mask, take 2 teaspoons of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. Add some milk if you need to make a paste. Apply the mixture on your face and wait for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water after it dries.
Lemon is acidic and therefore helps remove dead cells from the skin. It also works as an antioxidant to protect the skin from free radical damage. To make this mask, mix in some lemon juice in 2 teaspoons of lemon and add sugar or salt depending on your skin type (sugar for dry skin and salt for oily skin). Apply the mixture on your skin and rinse off with lukewarm water when dry.
These simple exfoliating tips can be used to remove dead skin cells, prevent clogged pores, and blackheads, lighten dark spots and blemishes and reveal a more radiant complexion. For exfoliating your body, you can use a loofah or body brush. Make sure to be gentle when exfoliating dry areas, such as elbows and heels.
Be aware that any of these natural ingredients can cause sensitivity in some people, so don’t forget to do a patch test first. If you have sensitive skin, try one of these methods once every two weeks. Otherwise, you can use them once or twice a week. You can also include them in your weekly routine if you follow a gentle skin care regimen.