There are so many excellent choices to use for a natural exfoliant, which is why I’m always amazed at the crazy things that go into skin care products. I know by now I shouldn’t be surprised, but I just saw an article that talked about plastic microbeads being put in body scrubs. Plastic microbeads. Really? I need to exfoliate as much as the next person, but there’s no need to pollute the environment when there are so many excellent products out there.
What Makes a Good Natural Exfoliant?
The purpose of exfoliation is to remove that top layer of damaged skin and reveal the more youthful skin underneath. There are numerous products in your kitchen right now you could use, but here are five that will remove dead skin quickly.
Most apricot scrubs are not made with apricot seeds, but rather walnut hulls. Walnut hulls make great natural exfoliant and can be purchased in fine and rough varieties online.
Sugar scrubs are not new, but there are many types of sugar you can use depending on what part of the body you want to exfoliate. User finer grains like white sugar for the face and larger, rougher grains like turbinado for the body.
Salt scrubs are better used on the body because they can irritate the skin. But salt is a good antiseptic. If you choose to use salt on your face, pick a fine grain salt and use the coarse grains on your body. Don’t rub too harshly as your facial skin is not as tough as skin on the rest of your body.
If you grind oatmeal up into a fine powder you have what’s known as colloidal oatmeal. It’s great for sensitive skin. Add it to your bathwater when your skin is irritated and you’ll find you emerge from the water with smoother, less irritated skin. Alternatively, add a bit to your face soap for a gentle exfoliation.
Do this on freshly-cleaned skin. In a small bowl mix baking soda and water into a paste. If desired, you can add a capsule of Vitamin E and/or one or two drops of essential oil.
Dampen a wet rag and get some baking soda on the cloth. Gently massage your skin with the baking soda. Rinse when done.
After exfoliating, complete the process by using a toner followed by a moisturizer—preferably one with SPF if you plan on going outdoors.
There’s never a need to put something as harmful to the environment as plastic beads into skin care products. If you’d like to learn more natural remedies I encourage you to check out The Body Scrub Bible. It’s full of exfoliating scrub recipes that include natural ingredients.
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