For a smooth and healthy skin
Exfoliation is essential to get rid of dead skin and to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Exfoliation also improves the absorption of any cream or lotion that you apply to your skin.
If you have never exfoliated before, be sure to give this a try! You will be amazed at the improvements it makes in your skin. If you have been exfoliating using one of the usual chemical products available on the market, give your skin a break before trying any of these natural recipes. Your skin will look gorgeous and you will save yourself some money
There are many natural exfoliation recipes that you can easily make up at home. Here are some recipes that I recommend:
Face Exfoliation #1
Ingredients: lemon juice, brown sugar and cotton pads.
Mix the lemon juice and the brown sugar in a bowl; making sure the sugar completely dissolves. Then apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball, and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
The lemon juice acts as both an AHA (Alpha hydroxy acid ) and a BHA (beta hydroxy acid). The brown sugar contains glycolic acid. The sugar is also a humectant and draws moisture to the skin.
After exfoliating with lemon juice, you should avoid the sun. At least make sure you use a good sunblock on your skin, as the lemon juice might cause photosensitivity to the sun and you wouldn’t want to get sunburn. A good sunblock should be a daily part of your skincare anyway!
Face Exfoliation #2
Ingredients: Sugar cane, Lemon juice, apple juice, grape juice.
Mix ¼ cup each of lemon juice, apple juice, grape juice and cane sugar in a glass jar, making sure the sugar completely dissolves. Then apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball, and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Body Exfoliation #1
Ingredients: 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee, 1 cup of sea salt and a few tablespoons of milk, buttermilk, massage oil or olive oil.
Mix 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee with a cup of sea salt and a few tablespoons of milk, buttermilk, massage oil or olive oil. First step is to prepare the mixture. Then have your shower as usual and while your skin is still wet, use the scrub making circular movements to improve your blood circulation.
Rinse it with water and pat dry with a towel afterwards. Your skin will be very smooth like baby.
Body Exfoliation #2
Ingredients: 8 cups of brown or white sugar, 2 cups of avocado and 1 cup of apricot, 1 tea bag of green tea, essential oil.
Combine 8 cups of raw sugar, 2 cups of avocado and 1 cup of apricot oil into a mixing bowl.
Stir all ingredients together until the mixture forms into a thick, smooth paste. Add more sugar to the mix if the paste is runny.
Open up a tea bag filled with green tea leaves and pour the contents into the mixture. Mash the ground tealeaves into the body scrub with a fork. Add six drops of essential oil to the body scrub and stir well. You can choose your favourite scent.
You can pack the green tea body scrub into a plastic container and seal shut with a lid. So you can use several times.
Tips & Warnings
- Replace the sugar by salt if desired.
- Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of honey to the mixture if it’s too dry.
- Use essential oils that are cosmetic grade soap fragrances. These fragrances are safe for the skin.
Face or Body Exfoliation
Ingredients: brown or white sugar, olive oil, grape seed oil or jojoba oil.
Mix about half cup of brown or white sugar with enough olive oil (grape seed or jojoba oil) to make a paste. Using circular motions gently massage the mixture into your skin and rinse well. This mixture is safe enough to use on both face and body.
- Weekend Cleansing Diet (peacejoynamaste.com)